Mini-MOGO Project #2: Portland’s VegFest

MOGO member Liz strutting her stuff at VegFest 2008

For our second Mini-MOGO project, we decided to be some of the more than 150 volunteers who helped out with the 4th annual Portland VegFest, which this year drew more than 1,700 people. MOGOers did everything from set up to take down to serve up food samples to staff the kids’ area (a very popular spot) to help in the kitchen to administrative sundries.

At left, Liz is taking a break from helping out in the very popular kids’ area to share her favorite way of reducing her foodprint (“eating fresh, local & organic! And generally being awesome”).

Marsha passing out Vegan Outreach lit

And, in this pic I’m staffing the Vegan Outreach table (a group that I personally think totally rocks and is one of the most effective veg advocacy groups nationwide), passing out tasty literature to people hungry for information.

This year’s VegFest was a huge amount of work (more meetings than anyone should have to endure in a lifetime), but it was also a great deal of fun, and attendees reported that they had a terrific time.

And, at our tiny little corner of a table, Portland’s MOGO group got a few more sign ups for members. Yay!

We have more Mini-MOGO projects planned (come to our next meeting on Tuesday, June 3 at 7:00 pm at my co-housing community and help us plan!), and we’ll be tabling next at the Let Live NW Animal Rights Conference next month at PSU.

~ Marsha

Mini-MOGO Project #1: Helping the Natural World

Charley and Michael help build a Permaculture garden as part of our first Mini-MOGO ProjectThe three basic “tenets” of Portland’s MOGO Group are social connection, providing a support system for those wanting to journey toward a more humane life, and to serve our local and global communities. In support of this latter tenet, we’ve decided to implement Mini-MOGO Projects — simple ways of helping out in the community.

Our first Mini-MOGO Project was to do something to help the natural world, whether pulling ivy, planting trees, picking up trash, or some other activity. MOGO members Charley and Michael decided to help create a permaculture garden at Madison High School.

Our May Mini-MOGO Project focuses on volunteering for NW VEG’s VegFest, which is May 10. We have several other tasty projects planned for the future, including a “reverse” trick-or-treat in October to educate others about the connection between chocolate and slavery and to promote fair trade chocolate, and the Walk for Farm Animals in September to benefit Farm Sanctuary, a national education, advocacy and rescue group for farmed animals.

~ Marsha