Who We Are

The Columbus Veg Community (CVC) Inc. is a 501 (c)(3) animal protection organization          that strives to protect animals, the environment, and human health by engaging in grassroots efforts to share the benefits of plant-based lifestyles with the community.

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Throughout each year, the CVC participates in or hosts: leafletting events, Paid-Per-Views, documentary screenings, small veg food sampling events on OSU's campus, community dinners for those in need, public lectures with renowned speakers, Sunrise Sanctuary clean-ups, Vegan Pop-Up Markets, peaceful rodeo demonstrations, peaceful circus demonstrations, presentations on plant-based living to local organizations and high school classrooms, and our largest events of the year: a community ThanksLiving dinner and Columbus Vegan Mac Down! 

Check out our past events and upcoming events!

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The CVC embraces the philosophy of effective altruism in all events and strives to meet people where they are at, whether that be exploring Meatless Mondays, learning about reducetarian/flexitarian, trying vegetarian, transitioning to veganism, or anywhere along the spectrum! 

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Sound like something you're curious, or excited, about being a part of? 

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Want to learn more or get involved? Shoot us a message! We would love to hear from you!


The Committee

Kaylyn Rhoads

Volunteer Coordinator

Kaylyn is a long time animal lover and animal protection activist. At 16 years old she hosted her first veg event with a community potluck at her local community center. Over a decade later, she is over the moon about helping coordinate community events with the Columbus Veg Community. Kaylyn has two years of experience coordinating plant-based events in Columbus, and over a decade of leadership experience in social justice organizations. In her free time, Kaylyn loves to hug cows at Sunrise Sanctuary and watch adorable pig videos on YouTube.

Evan Thomas

Education Director

Evan Thomas is a graduate student in the philosophy department at Ohio State University writing a dissertation about the history of philosophical thought about the minds of animals. Evan went vegan in 2014 after reading Peter Singer’s “Animal Liberation” and is well read in animal ethics and food ethics. Evan is interested in using philosophy to enrich lives and to encourage critical reflection on the status of animals in society. In his free time, Evan enjoys following politics and playing his banjo for his 5 cats.

Cassie Clifford

Campus Liaison & Event Planner

Cassie is no spring chicken to activism and animal protection! At 8 years old she went vegetarian and at 16 years old she went vegan. Now a student at OSU she coordinates animal protection events as the President of the OSU student group Reaching Out For Animal Rights (ROAR) and as the PETA2 OSU Campus Representative. When Cassie isn't engaging in activism, or studying environmental economics, she loves to cook delicious vegan foods and desserts and play with her furbaby ferret.


Want to learn more about the Columbus Veg Community or want to get involved?

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