December 29, 2009
Deanna Cintas, NW VEG Board Member
Have you ever found yourself in a new city, not knowing where to start? Perhaps you have had the experience of looking in your planner only to find you have some free time on a Sunday afternoon.
Meetup is the world's largest network of local groups, and many have vegetarian themes. For those looking for something more specific, especially around veganism, volunteering, and educational opportunities, you might be interested in the Northwest VEG-sponsored Meetup group Viva la Vegan. On average, Viva la Vegan hosts about six events every month. In the past month, they have had a Raw Sunday Supper, Let Live Community Get-together, CD Release party, Second Annual VLV Cookie Exchange, Apron Activists Holiday Bake Sale, and Activism with Pom Poms.
More than 2,000 Meetup groups get together in local communities each day, each one with the goal of improving themselves or their communities. Their mission is to revitalize local community and help people around the world self-organize.
Meetup believes that people can change their personal world, or the whole world, by organizing themselves into groups that are powerful enough to make a difference. Right here in the Portland area there are more than 762 Meetup groups. The most recent group in the Portland area getting buzz is the "Anyone Can Join" Group.
If you are interested in learning more about Viva la Vegan Meetup or joining and attending events, check out www.meetup.com/Viva-la-Vegan.