May 6, 2013
1st Round - 2013 Grant Winners
** Special Update - Karuna Society Rescue --> $16,150 Raised!
Congrats to these project winners (details below)!
Special Update & Thanks...
Thank you to our exceptionally generous members for donating to the Karuna Society in support of their new residents - 146 cows, calves and buffalo just rescued from slaughter (seen here with fresh hay).
Karuna Society Animal Sanctuary - India - $16,150!
Combining our initial contribution, with Help Animals India, and new funding (large and small)... more than $16,150 was sent!
"We are in shock with surprise and happiness. This is such a relief for once to have a little bit financial space. Thank you Thank you!" ~Clementiene~Karuna Society
"I cannot emphasize enough how much benefit your donation will make for the upcoming summer and beyond." ~Eileen~Help Animals India
Bonus: New donations by May 15th will be doubled! Type "cow" in the comment field.
Here's Round 1 - 2013 Grant Winning Projects...
Baltimore VegFest is a celebration of healthy, sustainable, and compassionate eating.This free event features veg food, live music, speakers, nutritional experts, vegan cooking demos, a kids area, and more!
Berkeley Vegan Earth Day
Berkeley Vegan Earth Day is an upbeat, fun, and informative day of speakers, films, workshops, and demonstrations. Experts are on-hand to engage visitors in the full spectrum of how's and why's of eco-veganism. Plus, there are vendors to nourish the body, mind, and soul with sumptuous vegan options.
Chicago Veggie Pride Parade
Chicago Veggie Pride Parade celebrates the veg lifestyle featuring guest speakers, a costume contest, and tons of fun. It's a wonderful, all-encompassing event to support local vegans and vegetarians, as well as to raise awareness in the general public.
Food Forest - Kenya
Sadhana Food Forest is 30-acres of land to be converted into a food forest. The project is run by volunteers, plus three paid local people. The program builds tree nurseries, a water well, and a training center to provide an ongoing source of nutritious food. Free seedlings are provided to the local community for kitchen gardens.
Food Share - Philippines
Keith, the trainer of our Ethiopia Food Share program and lead in our Hurricane Sandy relief efforts, trained and galvanized volunteers in the Philippines to provide free, ongoing vegan food sharing for local families.
Garden Tower - Produce Project
The Garden Tower is a container garden that turns household scraps into compost and generates an impressive growth of herbs and vegetables. These vertical gardens use less space and provide an easy, low-cost way to grow fresh produce in households, school systems, and communities at all income levels.
Justice Without Boundaries - Tour of Mexico
The Justice Without Boundaries Tour is a month-long outreach tour stopping in 14 major cities throughout Mexico and conducting more than 40 presentations. The volunteers are also reaching out and networking with leaders, students, and activists to discuss important food-related issues that impact both the United States and Mexico.
Lean and Green Kids - School Lunch
Lean and Green Kids is working with school districts to provide plant-based meals and promote them with the "lean and green" menu label. This innovative approach helps students identify and choose healthy, veg meals. Two schools in California use the symbol. - People Magazine
NutritionFacts.org presents the work of Dr. Michael Greger, who scours the world of nutrition-related research and provides that information easy-to-understand video segments. The videos reach a vast audience through their large online network.
Pay-Per-View - St. Louis
Pay-Per-View is as extraordinarily successful form of advocacy that pays people $1 to view a 4-minute video on how meat is produced. AWFW provides free portable DVD players and other support for these group & individual-led events (see also FARM).
Rick from St. Louis is screening PPV at local colleges. In just the first two events: 245 people viewed the video, 30 pledged to go vegan, 170 pledged to reduce, and 1250 booklets were distributed.
Poplar Spring Sanctuary - Run for the Animals
Poplar Spring Animal Sanctuary is hosting its 10th annual "Run for the Animals" and AWFW is a proud sponsor once again. The 5K run and 1 mile fun walk supports Poplar's life-saving work for farm animals and vegan education. The event also serves a community-building role for local veg and animal advocates.
REAL - Responsible Eating And Living
REAL provides entertaining and informative audio and video programming including food shows, talk shows and news features with experts in the fields of health, nutrition and the environment. Founder, Caryn Hartglass, is a vegan activist and cancer-survivor. Her concept is that people need real information, real inspiration, and real tools to move forward.
Vegan Iron Chef Competition - San Francisco
Vegan Iron Chef competitors get an hour to prepare a three-course meal. The winners move on to the regionals leading up to the Vegan Iron Chef Finals in Portland in 2015. This media-sensation increases visibility for local veg food and promotes the lifestyle to a broad, food-centered audience.
VegFest Washington provides a fun, supportive atmosphere to teach veg-curious people what to eat, what to buy, and how to cook it. This festival also has free health screenings, books, and lots of food. There's something for everyone... even a kid's section.
Vegucate Bristol - Film Series
Vegucate Bristol organizes a six-week film series tailor-made for people who want to eat healthily and compassionately. Hosted in England's sixth largest city, this free program screens award-winning, life-changing documentary films for a better world.
Vervet Monkey - Vegan Challenge - South Africa
The Vervet Monkey Foundation in South Africa is hosting a Vegan Challenge fundraiser. Volunteers raise money by going vegan for a month and the funds help secure a site for the release of VMF's Vervet monkeys. It's a win-win for all animals!