Exciting Opportuning – Matching Donations for Vegan Outreach

Jack Norris of Vegan Outreach gave an excellent presentation at the recent Bay Area Vegetarians event on Sunday, on the topic “Veganism: Does it Spread Itself”. The history of advocacy for veg*nism was particularly interesting.

Vegan Outreach is a big part of that history, with its development of “Why Vegan”, “Try Vegetarian”, and “Even If You Like Meat” booklets and its innovative campaign to outreach to the student population via its Adopt a College Campaign

There are two ways that YOU can help

1) Give a gift of your time. Leaflet – its simple and easy to do. You can order materials directly from Vegan Outreach (see their website).

2) Give them your financial support. All donations made by February 28th will be matched by Ari & Becky (our hosts for Sunday’s event). They have graciously agreed to match *every* dollar donated to Vegan Outreach, a non-profit 501(c)(3).

Every day, Vegan Outreach receives testimonials like the two below. You can read even more online at – http://www.veganoutreach.org/enewsletter

“Since you sent me the booklets, two people for sure have gone vegetarian because of the brochures, and many people have said they will greatly reduce how much meat they eat.”
-Brandon, 1/18/07

“I just finished reading your pamphlet about vegetarianism and I wanted to tell you that you have changed my whole way of thinking about the world. I had no idea this cruelty was going on and I will definitely now think twice about what I eat. I would like to become a vegetarian and appreciate all of the resources you’ve provided to help me with that change. Thank you for opening my eyes!”
-SA, 12/14/06

Vegan Outreach estimates that for every 200 leaflets, 5 new vegetarians are created. Price varies based on the booklet and quantity printed, but on average $40 will pay for a box of 300 leaflets. Each box represents 7 new vegetarians.

So, if you donate $40, and Ari & Becky match that with another $40, that’s funding for 600 leaflets and 15 new vegetarians.

To support veg*nism by donating

Please send a check payable to Vegan Outreach. Mail it to Ari. At the end of the month, he will send all all checks and their matching donation to Vegan Outreach. If you work for a corporation, ask them if they have a matching contribution program and your donation could be triple matched.

Ariel Thomas Nessel, 64 Levant Street, San Francisco, CA 94114

Donations of $230 have already been received or promised. So your donation, of any size, will make a big difference — whether its $5 or $500, it will matched.

To support veg*nism by volunteering

You can find information about ordering materials, adopting a college, etc. on the veganoutreach.org website

There are typically a few BAV leafleting opportunities every month, watch the SFBAVEG/EVENTS mailing list or check our website at http://bayareaveg.org/events

My own personal experience using Vegan Outreach materials – I was leafleting with lauren and Sue at Skyline College earlier this month. I handed an Even If You Like Meat to an open-minded young man at Skyline College. As he walked away from me, reading the brochure, as he passed by lauren who was leafleting at a different location, he commented (with more profanity) about how messed up this is. And that’s exactly what we want people to realize.

As Vegan Outreach says so well
“Ultimately, living with compassion means striving to maximize the good we accomplish, not following a set of rules or trying to fit a certain label. From eating less meat to being vegan, our actions are only a means to an end: decreasing suffering.”

Donations enable Vegan Outreach to print more leaflets that can be distributed to more people. Volunteers helping with leafleting enable more people to receive this information. So, please give generously of your financial support to Vegan Outreach and give generously of your time to leaflet.

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