The LA vegan mac truck fundraising campaign has moved internet locations! »
Recently we posted on Chef Ayinde Howell’s efforts to raise money to open a vegan and gluten-free MAC’N CHEESE TRUCK in LA. Well, the campaign has moved from Kickstarter over to Indiegogo, and I want to help get the word out because I am incredibly selfless. I also want it available for my consumption upon arriving in LA; it looks scrumptious! Anyway, you know how Kickstarter works; if you don’t make all the money you tried to raise, you don’t see any of it! That’s bananas, right? Or not, whatever, but it seems nutty to me. If you were thinking about, or did contribute to the original fundraiser, go ahead, take a look at the new internet location. Let’s not only help make Chef Ayinde’s dream a reality, but also my dream of eating a plate of Mac and Yease a few times a week!
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Guest post: Support Food Empowerment Project by eating vegan food at Saturn Cafe. It’s easy! »
Hey, Bay Area vegans! Come on out to Saturn Café in Berkeley on Wednesday, Feb. 20, and 10 percent of your (vegan) meal will go to help fund the all-volunteer Food Empowerment Project.
If you aren’t familiar with Vegansaurus favorite FEP, we’re a vegan food justice organization focused on issues like food access, environmental racism, and workers’ rights. Here are the event details:
Come any time between 11 a.m. and midnight with the printable flyer on the page and Saturn will donate 10 percent of the cost of your vegan meal to help fund our efforts to create a more just and equitable food systems.
Volunteers will be hanging out from 6 to 10 p.m. if you want to learn more about how to get involved.
There will also be flyers up front assuring your 10 percent, so don’t worry about printing. Just come hang out! FEP’s Lauren Ornelas will be there, and we’ll have literature and what have you, but mostly you should just eat some food and say hi. Saturn Café is located at 2175 Allston Way in Berkeley.
The Vegan Zombie is raising money for fellow vegan/vegan zombie actor (!) Corey Welling, who is desperately in need of a double lung transplant to live (he has Cystic Fibrosis).
If you have some extra money burning a hole in your richie rich pockets, or even if it might be a difficult to give away a little of what the small amount you have, maybe you can throw some money their way? It sucks, some of us are just dealt shittier health decks in life, and now is not a good time to be an American with a shitty health deck (hopefully soon it will be better!), so please help a vegan in need, if you can!!
From the ChipIn site:
Hey Gang! We normally don’t like asking for favors, but this is a huge deal to us. Corey, is one of our closest friends and he needs our help. He is one of the most compassionate people I’ve ever met, and he has introduced me to the owners of several animal sanctuaries. Let me fill you in on what’s going on…Corey has Cystic Fibrosis (CF), a lung disease. He was diagnosed at 6 months old and his life expectancy was only 8 years. Throughout the years, advances in technology and medicine have made it possible for people like Corey to beat the odds, and make it a lot further in life. He is now 27 years old…However, he was told by his doctors five months ago that he is now at the end stage of his disease. He needs a double lung transplant in order to live. He will be having his transplant in NYC. Insurance will cover some, but not all of the costs. The estimated cost for everything is around $100,000.Our goal is to try to ease the financial pressure for Corey and his family once the operation takes place. It would mean the world to Chris and I if you can help us raise this money! His family put together a benefit for him in November, and I would love to hand them a check from The Vegan Zombie for $20,000!!!
The rad people of Vegan Mainstream want to make a Vegan Events app! To help you find cool vegan stuff to do wherever you are! Or as Katie explains, it will allow users to “effortlessly search a comprehensive mobile directory of vegan events by city and date, submit events for listing, and share events on social media sites like Facebook and Twitter. It will also be paired with a companion website that provides more detailed event information. And (bonus!) it will be 100 percent free for anyone to download!”
Not bad, right? They’re trying to raise the $2,000 they need for development through Kickstarter, and with an April 1 deadline they’re already halfway there. If you’ve got a few bucks to spare this week, consider giving it to this cause. Vegan Mainstream is great, this app seems awesome, and vegans should always try to help vegans. Community support!
Portland, Ore., gets all the good stuff! Reader Calvin is looking to open an artisanal vegan ice cream shop in Portland, and is looking for funding through IndieGoGo. It’s called Savor the Chill, and we are already (pistachio) green with envy. Look at this roasted banana maple vegan ice cream! Look upon it and despair!
If I had all of the money—or, OK, more of the money than I have now, which is “very little”—I would open a vegan diner, open late nights through late mornings, and we would always serve brunch and sticky desserts, and also beer and maybe if we got enough money for a for-real liquor license, boozy coffee. Yes, I have serious holiday hangover and I really just want to drink boozy coffee with a sticky bun, sitting under a blanket watching an AbFab marathon, but can you blame me?
For now, let’s throw a few dollars Calvin’s way and give ourselves another destination for our Portland Eating Tour 2012. Good luck, Savor the Chill!
Help Olympia, Wash., get its own vegan store! »
Lesli Baker is a vegan from Olympia, Wash., who wants to open a vegan lifestyle shop there! She’s calling it Oly Vegan, and says it will be “the ONLY all vegan lifestyle shop between Seattle and Portland!” That is a big deal!
Lesli is fundraising for Oly Vegan through IndieGoGo right now, and of the $4,000 she needs, she has raised $910. Not enough! And it expires on Sunday, Nov. 20, less than two weeks from today!
According to Lesli, Oly Vegan “will carry delicious vegan gourmet chocolate truffles and marshmallow treats and snacks, packaged food items, clothing, handbags and shoes, t-shirts, body care products (and vegan makeup for the ladies!) book totes and laptop bags, ceramics, glassware and more with a vegan theme. We also plan to host events and charity fundraisers, interesting classes and in-stores. This will be a destination store that does more than sell cool t-shirts to its customers, but also sincerely tries to give back to its community.”
Those are really admirable goals, you guys. Let’s help Lesli out, and get Olympia a vegan store! Every town deserves one!
Yo vegans with money: Support two awesome local vegans! »
First, there’s Laura Miller with San Francisco-based Sidesaddle Kitchen (we love her and her delicious wares). She was selling at the Underground Market but then that shit was shut down by the Feds or whatever and so she’s looking for some help via Kickstarter. If you’re into tasty raw goodness, look into donating, because she’s the real deal and her product knows what’s up! She’s looking to go legit and is crowd-sourcing her funds, so if you want to be swimming in RAW VEGAN THIN MINTS, you’ll get up on that. Plus, her Kickstarter video is super super cute and great and you should watch it and then give her all your money. Sidesaddle’s trying to raise $10,000 and she has until Sunday, Aug. 21 to do it. BAM!
Second there’s Never Felt Better vegan shop in Sacramento raising money on Indie Gogo! They tried a Kickstarter earlier this year and found that maybe the amount they were asking for was a little too much from us poor vegans, so they’re going a new route and trying to raise smaller bits of cash for smaller projects. Smart! They’re currently the only all-vegan store in Northern California and I’m afraid that if we don’t support them, that they won’t make it. And they should, because they are awesome, and providing a great service, and come on, vegans! I know there are some Scrooge McDucks out there swimming around in their piles of money (invite me over! I swim really well in money!) and why not throw a few dollars to these vegan companies, DO IT TO IT. Never Felt Better is trying to raise $2,500 and they have 22 days left. BAM!
Help a vegan couple out, San Francisco! »
We got an email from a vegan person called Daniel, who is looking for a place to live in San Francisco proper along with his Special Person, Madeline. Generally, your Vegansaurus isn’t your Vegan Craigslist, but this email was awfully nice and we do try to practice tikkun olam. It’s the Golden Rule! Make the world better, treat others as you would be treated, live without violence, and help this nice couple find a place to live.
Disclaimer: Your Vegansaurus has never met these people, and cannot take any responsibility as to their mental/emotional stability and/or their ability to pay rent/be cool. But this email was pretty charming, and we just won an award, we can do what we want.
Without further dithering, please say hello to Daniel and Madeline!
Two vegan creatures seek a place to live in San Francisco.
Two adaptable, artful vegans with low interpersonal drama, seriously, aiming to move in August—timing is slightly adjustable. We’re a couple (he’s English, she’s a Texan) who moved to San Francisco from London almost four years ago. We like baking, cocktails, board games, documentaries, and live performance.
One-bedroom apartment OR house-share (unfurnished) OR a work/live space in San Francisco. Near a BART station preferable. Must be near public transportation; < $1,500 monthly rent/utilities. We’re specifically looking for SF due to Healthy SF coverage, otherwise we’d have been all set in the East Bay.
Kitty cats, vegan-friendly folks, collectives and social/private folks; we have experience living together, shared with others and as individuals.
We have current housing and employment references and look forward to meeting our new homestead. We hope you might help. Any leads or ideas you have are greatly appreciated!
Thanks for reading!
P.S. We will be at SF Vegan Drinks TODAY if you wish to say hello!*
*Your Vegansaurus highly recommends meeting anyone you wish to rent to/live with/engage in whatever personal relations with in a safe and public place before making any kind of decision. And anyway, Vegan Drinks is good times.
Hey San Francisco, how are your teeth? Get ‘em cleaned by a vegan dental student! »
That was a lot of hed, I know. It’s important to get information across, though. The facts here are that dental student and vegan Nichole McKenna wants to work on your teeth, and if you want cut-price dental care (50 to 60 percent off private practice costs), she’s the future dentist for you.
Presumably. Your Vegansaurus, while fanatical about flossing and brushing, hasn’t had insurance since 2008 and therefore hasn’t seen a dentist in three-plus years. America is the best country ever, you guys, no job + no insurance = joy forever.
Nichole’s school, University of the Pacific, does accept insurance, however, if you are a fancy person with a job that cares about you. And if not, 50-to-60 percent off standard prices is a good deal! Check them out here, email Nichole here, or call her at 415.484.6744. She says that as there are nearly 280 students who are taking appointments, no one is obligated to see her, but how many of those student-dentists are vegans? This being Vegansaurus and all, we want to support our fellow vegans! So maybe contact Nichole here and get your damn teeth cleaned. Cavities are preventable/easily treatable, and gum disease leads to heart disease, and uncared-for teeth are totally gross. No one wants to kiss a dirty mouth, and your Vegansaurus is all about kissing! And clean teeth!
Vegan dental hygiene: it’s wonderful.
[amigurumi tooth photo by leiapico_art via Flickr]