Catherine Berlot


  • Funds Raised: $3,144
  • Fundraising Goal: $3,500
I learned about the horrors of animal agriculture when I moved to a region in rural Pennsylvania where chickens, pigs, cows, sheep, goats, red deer, and mink are farmed. Learning these realities convinced me to become a vegan. After living in this vegan-unfriendly region for thirteen years, I moved to Portland, OR, where numerous opportunities for vegan activism abound. Among these, I have taught an online plant-based nutrition course for University of Western States and handed out leaflets at Portland State University. I will be forever grateful to Vic Sjodin (in the photo with me, my husband Tom Hynes, and Sprout, Vic's dog) for teaching me how to leaflet! When I have leafleted here, it has been gratifying to encounter people who are already vegan and thank me for what I’m doing. But I’m also pleased at how open-minded many others appear to be to the concept of reducing their consumption of animal products. I look forward to when it will be possible to leaflet again!

I run a nonprofit organization, PDX VEG, which seeks to empower people to shift towards way of life that benefits humans, other animals, and our planet by providing three-week Veg Challenges that include cooking demos and a Vegan Mentor Program, all free of charge. PDX VEG also provides tips and inspiration through Instagram and Facebook.

I am very glad Vegan Outreach is helping so many people, many of them quite young, to learn the facts about how our consumption choices affect animals so that they can choose a more compassionate life style. I am especially impressed with their Vegan Food Aim Program which is helping communities severely impacted by COVID-19. Since April 2020, they have provided over 700,000 meals! Please support Vegan Outreach’s continued efforts to reduce animal suffering.

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