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Portland Vegan Bake Sale For Haiti (and some thoughts)

Posted By IsaChandra On January 25, 2010 @ 4:38 pm In Uncategorized | 16 Comments

Vegan Bake Sale For Haiti – Portland
Sunday January 31st, 2 to 5 pm
People’s Coop, 3029 SE 21 Avenue, upstairs

Check out my dope art skills^
We still need bakers! Use this google document [1] to tell us what you’re bringing.

You can also help by visiting the Yelp! event listing [2]. If you have a Yelp! account, click on “sounds cool” or “I’m in” to keep our event at the top of the listings.

If you’re on Facebook, visit the invite [3] and invite all your friends. Help spread the word!


Wow, you guys. So far over 10,000 dollars have been raised by vegan bake sales for Haiti nationwide, and that number is sure to multiply next week when sales in Portland, NYC, LA and Minneapolis (and lots of other places) take place. We may not have George Clooney (hey, George! Go vegan!) but we do have chutzpah. And cajones. And moxie. These dollar amounts are providing nice chunks of change to help out those in Haiti who need it. So what I’m trying to say is that I love you.

I’ve learned a lot while helping to organize these sales and from watching other people organize in their cities. As you can see from the Portland shout out above, using the internet to spread the word is crazy helpful. We’ve got google docs for sharing info and Yelp! and Facebook for getting the word out.

Don’t limit yourself to social media, though. Nothing beats good old fashioned pounding the pavement to get the neighborhood involved. Hand out flyers and hang them up on community billboards or in the windows of businesses that say it’s ok (what kind of jerk will say it’s not ok? Jeez, I’ve had a few.) Leave stacks at the supermarket or dry cleaners. Unless Old Miss Withersworth down the street is your Facebook friend, you’re reaching a whole different (and obviously local) audience.

Please let me know if you’ve picked up any tips organizing in your area, and also link to pics of your event. And give us the bottom line, how much did your bake sale earn? Where did you decide to donate?

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[1] google document: http://docs.google.com/Doc?docid=0ATH4q2MlSdXQZDNqNGR4dl81Nzljc3p2dDNoag&hl=en

[2] Yelp! event listing: http://www.yelp.com/events/portland-vegan-bake-sale-for-haiti---pdx-edition

[3] visit the invite: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=285587855055&ref=ts

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