We have new and exciting announcements of Veganteer changes and upcoming events!
A few weeks ago we said goodbye to our dear Julianna, as she headed over to Texas A&M University for college. To say that we will miss her is an understatement. Ollie, who now sees her as part of the family, is particularly devastated.
We met in March of this year, through a mutual friend, and her commitment and passion for animal rights and the community immediately made her stand out. Her level of participation in several causes was particularly inspiring and we were excited to bring her aboard as Volunteer Coordinator. Chilis on Wheels had barely just been born.
Julianna never missed a Saturday distribution. She engaged several clubs in her high school to volunteer, and she introduced us to other great teenagers also vegan, also committed, also dedicated to the community. At one point, our only volunteers were our High Schoolers from Edward Murrow recruited by Julianna. I had never met such an amazing group of kids, selfless, and caring, and passionate about change.
Julianna also helped coordinate a bake sale fundraising in her school to benefit Chilis on Wheels, and has served as spokesperson for Chilis on Wheels on occasion.
We wish Julianna the best in college, the best in life. The world is better because she is in it. The animals, the environment, and people all benefit from her existence and her activism and her dedication to make this world a better one.
And although she will not be with us every week, we are excited to see the work that she will do with us as Youth Engagement Manager, helping to develop, delineate and organize our Youth Engagement Program in all chapters of Chilis on Wheels. Helping kids become involved with their community and aware of veganism.
We are also excited to see Hannah Mackenzie, a high school junior and President of the Edward Murrow club, Student Advocates for Animal Rights in her new role as Youth Engagement Coordinator, helping to engage student clubs with their community by performing community service hours with Chilis on Wheels.
Grace Allende, an NYU freshman, and recent Edward Murrow graduate as Team Leader, in charge of the Well Fed World Chili Running Distribution Team and the Pollination Project Chili Running Distribution Team (as we have named the carts and teams after the two organizations that allowed and encouraged Chilis on Wheels from its very beginning).
We also have Anthony Martinez stepping up as Vegan Education Director. Anthony has volunteered with us, donated to us, collaborated and coordinated events for us related to the vegan community in New York. His new role will allow him to expand upon our Vegan Education program. We are very excited to see new alliances and new possibilities opening up before us. The first event he has underway is a free screening of Cowspiracy: the Sustainability Secret on September 17- at Cardozo Law School (55 Fifth Avenue (btwn 12th/13th Streets), New York, NY) Room 206 at 6:30pm. See this link for more details: http://www.meetup.com/vegetarian-nyc/events/225037385/?a=ea1_grp&rv=ea1 Thank you Anthony for all you do! We are incredibly happy to have you aboard!
If you would like to support our work of bringing vegan food to the community while engaging youth to participate in their community and sharing the importance of a vegan world, please make a tax exempt donation today. We depend on your support!
We are thrilled with our team and their new responsibilities, and we are excited to see what awaits us going forward. Thank you all for your support!