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Northwest VEG is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization based in Portland, OR that works to educate and encourage people to make vegan choices for a healthy, sustainable, and compassionate world.
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Vancouver Potluck: Going vegan for the polar bears

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December 8 (6:30 - 9:00 PM)

Vancouver Potluck: Going vegan for the polar bears. Eating a plant-based diet doesn’t just save farmed animals – wild animals from butterflies to polar bears reap the benefits of the rising popularity of plant-based foods. This talk will discuss some of the ways our dietary choices impact wildlife and the environment and how individuals can help create a food system that’s healthier for people, animals and the planet. Join Stephanie Feldstein, Population and Sustainability Director at the Center for Biological Diversity, to learn more. Come to the delicious vegan potluck at 6:30pm, Stephanie's presentation at 7:30pm, or both!

This month's potluck will take place at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Vancouver located at 4505 East 18th St., Vancouver, WA 98661.

For the potluck, please bring a plant-based (no animal products, including honey) main dish, salad, or dessert; a card listing its ingredients; and plates and utensils for your use. Need plant-based ideas? Click here. If you come alone, figure the amount to serve 4-6; increase the amount 4 servings for each additional person in your party/family. Northwest VEG potlucks are alcohol-free events. For more information email info@nwveg.org.

Northwest VEG at Portland Green Festival

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December 9 - 11 (10:00 AM - 6:00 PM)

Green Festival, America’s largest and longest-running sustainability and green living event returns to Portland December 9-11 at the Oregon Convention Center. Green Festival is a vibrant, dynamic marketplace with the purpose of bringing together consumers, local businesses, environmental advocates, community leaders and sustainability experts, all under one roof to help create ways for people to discover new products and sustainable businesses that are making a difference for the future. Discover the latest green living and plant-based diets, sample local vegan/vegetarian food, experience children’s activities in the Family Fun Pavilion and enjoy film screenings and presentations from environmental experts. Find unique gifts and stocking stuffers from a wide variety of local, sustainable products that are good for the planet.

Represent Northwest VEG at our table! Sign up here to volunteer, or email volunteer@nwveg.org with any questions. A brief e-training will be provided prior to the event so you feel prepared and confident.

Show hours open to the public are: FRI. 12/9 12noon-6pm, SAT. 12/10 10am-6pm and SUN. 12/12 10am-5pm at the OCC (Hall B) located at 777 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Portland, OR 97232. FREE EVENT to Shop! Taste! Enjoy! Contact info@greenfestivals.org or call 828-236-0324 ext 300 for more information.

Register for tickets here.

Portland Potluck w/ Activist Artist Brittney West

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December 18 (5:00 - 8:00 PM)

Activist artist Brittney West will be sharing her thought-provoking series of art that explores our relationship with animals. Her work has been exhibited worldwide as an effort to bring global awareness to urgent animal rights issues, to encourage inner and outer reflection on the roles we play in protecting vulnerable animals and our shared planet.

The potluck will be held at the West Hills Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 8470 SW Oleson Rd., Portland. Come to the potluck at 5:00pm, the presentation at 6:30pm, or both! Please bring a plant-based (no animal products, including honey) main dish, salad, or dessert; a card listing its ingredients; and plates and utensils for your use. Need plant-based ideas? Click here. If you come alone, figure the amount to serve 4-6 generously; increase the amount 4 servings for each additional person in your party/family. Northwest VEG potlucks are alcohol-free events. For more information email info@nwveg.org.

Volunteer Spotlight: Kris Eisenman

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November 29, 2016


How long have you been veg and why?
I've been vegetarian for over 35 years. Although I always leaned toward a plant based diet, I became exclusively vegan about 2 years ago. I am vegan for my health, the environment and the animals.

How has being veg impacted your life?
I do not have any of the chronic illness that plagued my parents and continue to plague my siblings. I've also have met the most wonderful and compassionate friends through events hosted by NW Veg.

How did you get involved with volunteering for NW VEG?
I started volunteering with NW Veg when I moved to Portland about 5 years ago. After I finished the Master Veg program in 2015 I started volunteering more frequently.

What is an interesting hobby, talent or passion you have?
Cooking and Birdwatching are my two greatest passions. I teach people how to cook through PCRM's Food For Life program and I bird watch with anyone who happens to be walking along side of me.

What is something left on your bucket list of things that you would like to see, do or accomplish?
I want to visit Australia and Iceland.

What advice would you give an individual wanting to try a veg diet?
Just do it. Don't obsess about the future and what you won't eat. Just take it a meal at a time and explore all the delicious and healthy food out there. Also learn to cook. Making your own whole foods plant based meals is the biggest thing you can do to improve your health.

Earn $ for NW VEG as you shop for the holidays!

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November 29, 2016

Help us raise money to further our mission of creating compassionate community by choosing Northwest VEG as your charity of choice as you shop this year.

Click here to link your Fred Meyer Community Rewards to Northwest VEG. You can search for us by our non-profit number (90573). Then, every time you shop and use your Rewards Card, you are helping Northwest VEG earn a donation! Don't worry: you still earn your Rewards Points, Fuel Points, and Rebates, just as you may do currently.

Click here to link your AmazonSmile account to earn money for Northwest VEG.

Thanksgiving Memories

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November 29, 2016

We celebrated Thanksgiving festivities with nearly 1,000 people this past week. Thank you for being part of our community.
Here is a sampling of special moments beautifully captured by Northwest VEG member and volunteer Amit Zinman.

22 Day Veg Challenge - Challenge your friends and family!

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November 29, 2016

Northwest VEG's free 22 Day Veg Challenge is a great opportunity to kick start the new year in a healthy, compassionate way with a plant-based diet. Sign up today, then forward this newsletter to your family and friends and challenge them to join you!

Here's a sneak-peek of some of the challenges coming your way:

  • Cook a new grain (like millet)
  • Watch Vegan: Everyday Stories (available for free with Amazon Prime)
  • Check out a vegan restaurant (tons of amazing options in the greater Portland area)
  • Try a recipe from a vegan cookbook (so many to choose from!)
  • Attend informative community events

  • This program is great for all levels of experiences. If you're new to veganism, we will lead you through the basics of a plant-based diet and connect you with a kind and knowledgeable support system. If you're a longtime vegan, the challenge will encourage you to try something new and introduce you to new friends.

    Plus, with our mentorship program we will connect newbies with experienced vegans who can answer their questions and provide additional support. Interested in being a mentor? Click here!

    It will be fun and easy, with lots of support available to answer questions and share tips. There will be a kick-off event on January 7th and a wrap-up event on January 28th (details to be posted on the Facebook page). We hope to see you there!