2014 Vegan Living Program

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Thinking about going vegan? Or are you already vegan and willing to share your experiences? We’re excited to tell you about the Vegan Living Program (VLP), sponsored by Open the Cages Alliance in Baltimore. This well-designed program pairs new vegan pledges with vegan coaches – folks with at least one year of vegan living behind them.  The VLP is a series of educational events that cover the hows and whys of vegan living, including the ethical and environmental implications of vegan lifestyles, nutrition, cooking, meal planning, and living vegan in a not-yet-vegan world.

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Thirty people pledge to live vegan for the 5-week program, with the help of volunteer vegan coaches. Vegan pledges receive a binder of resources and recipes, as well as a goody bag of free vegan stuff to make the transition easier and more fun! Classes and cooking demos are free and open to the public.

The VLP is currently taking both pledges and coaches.

To be a volunteer coach… you need to have a positive attitude as your pledge makes changes;  have maintained a vegan lifestyle for a year or longer;  attend one of the pre-program meetings March 1st or 8th; commit to attending all six VLP sessions (dates below); and stay in touch with your pledge throughout the five-week program, to provide support and advice.

To sign on as a pledge, you must be ready to commit to diet and lifestyle changes and attend all six VLP sessions.

Vegan-curious, but not ready to pledge? Come to the educational sessions! The sessions are open to everyone, but coaches and pledges must attend all six sessions! (Why would you want to miss them?!)

Here is the 2014 Schedule:

Saturday March 15th 3:00-6:00pm @ Mobtown Ballroom (861 Washington Blvd, Baltimore, MD 21230) – Coach/Pledge Intros & Meal Prep Demo
Saturday March 22nd 3:00-5:00pm @ Mobtown Ballroom – Vegan Nutrition
Saturday March 29th 3:00-5:00pm @ Mobtown Ballroom – Environmental Benefits of Vegan Living
Saturday April 5th 3:00-5:00pm @ Mobtown Ballroom – Making the Connection: Sustaining Veganism by Understanding the Big Picture
Saturday April 12th 1:00-3:00pm – Field Trip to Poplar Spring Animal Sanctuary, 15200 Mt. Nebo Road, Poolesville, MD
Saturday April 19th 3:00-5:00pm @ Mobtown Ballroom – Vegan Pledge Graduation! (For Pledges & Coaches only) Below is a photo from 2013’s graduating class of the VLP.

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The VLP community is continuing to get together through the Veganism Support Meetup Group!  This Meetup group is not just for VLP participants; it’s for anyone who wants to give or receive support for their vegans or those aspiring to a vegan lifestyle…or anyone who just wants to ask questions in a friendly, supportive environment!

Want to help this program succeed but can’t commit to being a pledge or coach this year? Donations are welcome – remember this is a FREE program for participants. At the very least, help by spreading the word. Please post this program on your blog, Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr – you get the idea!  Paper flyers are also available to leave at your gym, office, place of worship, library, fave coffee shop. Anywhere!

Have a question? Want more info or flyers to hand out? Email info@openthecages.org or call (443) 478-3074. You can also find Open the Cages Alliance on Facebook and Twitter, too. OTCA offers other programs/events throughout the year centering on veganism and animal advocacy.

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