John Deetjen

  • Funds Raised: $537
  • Fundraising Goal: $1,500
Hi, my name is Johnny Deetjen! Thank you for visiting my Team Vegan page. I was a longtime Vegan Outreach volunteer, as I loved the approach to advocacy that they took. Inviting and compassionate in their language, I found VO's tactics resonated with me. I am proud to say that I have been an Outreach Coordinator since January 2017 and I currently am Vegan Outreach's Chicagoland Outreach Coordinator. This semester I organized events at colleges and high schools in the Chicago and Wisconsin area to show students Animal Equality’s iAnimal virtual reality experience, distribute booklets to let students know about speciesism and collect sign-ups for our “10 Weeks to Vegan” email series. This was my most successful semester by far in terms of my personal conversations with students. Some moments that I have had with students lately have been truly touching. A student at Wright College in Chicago told me that thanks to watching iAnimal, she ate an all vegan lunch that day. At University of Wisconsin in Madison, I sampled out Primal Strips Vegan Jerky and, for many, it was their first time trying vegan meat and they all loved it! It was like seeing "the light bulb moment" in real time where students could envision themselves eating vegan and it being delicious! And just a few weeks ago I had my personal best day at a high school in suburban Chicago where 50 students watched iAnimal! More than ever, I see that people feel more empowered to make change themselves. I knew when I took this job with Vegan Outreach, that it was my moral duty to make every single dollar stretch as far as possible. The meat, dairy and egg industries have hundreds of millions of dollars at their disposal. We do not. I am constantly evaluating how I can most efficiently reach the most amount of folks with our message and keep our limited resources in mind. This all being said, I am trying to raise $1,500 to support Vegan Outreach's advocacy by May 31st! This is a really ambitious goal, but Vegan Outreach is such an important part of this movement! In addition to supporting my advocacy, I will be creating one vegan chalk message for every $10 donated to my page! I would be honored if you donated to support my activism! :) For the animals! -Johnny

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