Vegan CNY, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization operating in Central New York -including Syracuse, Cortland, Auburn, Oneida, Utica, Rome, Ithaca and surrounding areas.

Mission: Vegan CNY, Inc. supports the liberation of all non-human animals by educating the public about animal rights philosophy and specific animal issues, raising awareness of and expressing dissent against examples of exploitation and abuse, and supporting the advocacy community.

Values:

  • Liberation of Non-Human Animals
  • Truth
  • Compassion
  • Nonviolence
  • Care for the Environment
  • Care for Human Animals
  • Food Justice
  • Civility
  • Dignity
  • Unbiased
  • Fiscal Responsibility

 

President – Theresa Stowell
Vice President – Jim Thompson
Treasurer – Sue Chase
Secretary – Stephanie Langer-Liblick
Members at Large –  Shelly Bornemann, Mike Lillis, Alice Franke, Amanda Dober

 

info@vegancny.org

PO Box 35641, Syracuse, NY 13235

(315) 925-5558

VeganCNY committees

Committees are where the work of the organization takes place. In addition to volunteers who come to events and volunteer in our programs, we are also looking for members to help us with the planning and implementation of programs, outreach and fundraising.  If you might be interested in serving on the Board of Directors some day, working on a committee is a great way to get your feet wet. 

Programs and Events

Committee Chair: Jim Thompson

 

Purpose: To promote the vegan lifestyle by providing opportunities for vegans and those interested in veganism to meet, network, and make connections. To create awareness of veganism in and connect with the wider community. 

What you can do: Help plan and/or run an event or program. In addition to events and programs we already run -Food Share, Vegan Living Program, Vegan After Work, Vegan Living Program, some ideas might be family friendly events, tabling at community events, launching the VeganCNY Savings Card, VeganCNY Menu Initiative (getting vegan menus into more local restaurants), summer kids breakfast/lunch programs, special events like film screenings, study groups, speakers, holiday meals, and more.  

Meetings: Mostly virtual communication, in person meetings as needed.

Talk to Jim about joining the committee or working on an event/program:  programming@vegancny.org  

Content

 Committee Chair: Stephanie Langer

Purpose: To oversee the creation and distribution of promotional and informational materials.  Collect and maintain data collected from programs and events for use by VeganCNY and its members.

What you can do: Write for web pages (like Why Vegan?), articles, business reviews, newsletter, social media.  Help put together a monthly newsletter. Lead or work on a marketing campaign. Help coordinate web design and web page updating and/or social media postings. Build data collection tools, input data.

Meetings: Mostly virtual communication, in person meetings as needed.

Talk to Stephanie about joining the committee or submitting your work: content@vegancny.org 

Animal Advocacy

Committee Chair: Mike Lillis

Purpose:To promote animal rights within Syracuse & surrounding areas.

What is needed: Plan and implement protests, demonstrations, leafleting, tabling, other educational opportunities. Organize trips and volunteering at sanctuary trips and other pro-animal organizations. 

Meetings: As needed

Talk to Mike about joining the committee or planning an educational opportunity: advocacy@vegancny.org 

Membership

Committee Chair: Shelly Bornemann

Purpose:Coordinates membership drives, keeps track of membership growth and participation, connects new members with appropriate committees, plans annual full membership meeting
What is needed: Organize membership drives, Plan annual meeting, help new members bridge into volunteer work and committees
Meetings: Quarterly and as needed

Talk to Shelly about joining the committee or working on membership tasks: membership@vegancny.org

Finance Committee

Committee Chair: Sue Chase

Purpose: To oversee and provide guidance on all financial matters, as well as report financial standing/performance.

What is needed: Work with committees to assess their needs and help develop committee budgets. Help develop consolidated budget for all of Vegan CNY. Identify grant opportunities and oversee grant writing. Identify potential donors and seek donations. Plan and organize fundraisers. Track and report finance activity.

Meetings: Depending on task, as needed.

Talk to Sue about joining the finance committee or to helping out with fundraising: finance@vegancny.org

Governance Committee

Committee Chair: Alice Franke

Purpose: The Governance Committee will assist the Board of Directors of Vegan CNY, Inc. to fulfill its responsibilities regarding matters that relate to governing the organization and in identifying and making recommendations to the board candidates to be Board Directors.

What is needed: People who can help draft policies and procedures for assessing current board members as individuals and as a board, recruiting and onboarding new board members, and general operating policies and procedures.

Meeting frequency: quarterly and as needed

Talk to Alice about joining the committee or helping to draft policies/procedures: governance@vegancny.org

Syracuse Vegfest

Committee Chair: Theresa Stowell

Plans and coordinates Syracuse Vegfest: Venue, logistics, vendors, presenters, volunteers, etc.  Some areas are heavier lifting than others, but being on the Vegfest planning committee requires a significant commitment. 

Contact Theresa if you’re interested in being part of the planning committee:  info@syracusevegfest.org