The year 2014 marked the 70th anniversary of The Vegan Society (U.K. 1944 VeganSociety.com
) and the origin of the word vegan
, coined by Donald Watson with other founders of the original vegan society. That organization inspired H. Jay Dinshah, to found the American Vegan Society (AVS).
Vegan has come a long way and is now a part of mainstream vocabulary. Yet there are still billions of animals who need our help!
AVS has been lighting the way since 1960, providing vegan information on the whys and hows of a beneficial lifestyle. Significantly, the society (our magazine, website, and activities) helps meet social needs of a wide-spread membership, many of whom start out feeling very alone in their convictions and search for a better way to live. As a society we can work together for individual and community well-being.
There are a number of opportunities at hand. We need you to contribute to the growing movement to turn the whole world vegan. The animals and the planet are counting on our success. This is a great time to get involved in vegan activities:
Organize World Vegan Day Festivals
November 1st or in the first week of November; celebrate Dynamic Harmlessness Day
on November 2nd (and every day), organize World Vegan Month
events in November.
You could host a small or large local event, featuring:
- A showcase of vegan product samples, vegan food, and vegan literature
- A vegan film screening (see a list of recommended films here)
- A guest speaker (such as one from the AVS Speakers Bureau)
- Arrange a potluck or catered event
It may take a year to organize a big event, you might start with planning smaller events.
You can also help out an existing VegFest, click here
to find one in your area.
Become More Involved with AVS
- Apply for a position as an assistant officer position with AVS, utilizing your talents to help the organization, remotely or in person.
- Volunteer or Intern for American Vegan Society (more info here). We can always use help at the headquarters with office jobs, event planning, book department, video production, and/or at annual Garden Party
- Organize a fundraiser to support the most effective way for positive change--by helping people live vegan. Sell vegan books (more info here) or try a vegan bake sale.
- Represent AVS at a local VegFests or other events
(that take less planning than a festival)
If you're planning an event. Tell us here what you will be doing so we can announce it in the magazine and/or website. After the event, let us know how it went. You can send photos as well to share and inspire other future event organizers.
- Throw a vegan birthday party for someone who is not vegan.
- Invite coworkers out to a vegan lunch—on you.
- Invite a nonvegan to dinner at a vegan restaurant or a favorite place to buy delicious vegan fare.
- Present someone with an annual or lifetime membership in AVS as a gift.
- Create vegan gift baskets (favorite household products, books, homemade foods, and American Vegan magazine).
- Apply for outreach support from www.vegfund.org for food sampling. When serving food in a public area, comply with local health department regulations.
This "Get Involved" information has been adapted from the editorial by Freya Dinshah in American Vegan
magazine, Fall 2013.