Who We Are
The Columbus Veg Community (CVC) Inc. is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit that strives to make veganism fun, friendly and acessible. Our mission is to benefit animals, the environment, and human health by engaging in grassroots efforts to share the benefits of plant-based lifestyles with the community through the means of a transitional approach, inclusive messaging, and effective altruism.
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Throughout each year, the CVC participates in or hosts: leafletting events, Paid-Per-Views, documentary screenings, vegan food sampling events on college campuses & at festivals/expos, vegan food shares & potlucks, support groups, book clubs, public lectures, Sunrise Sanctuary clean-ups, presentations on plant-based living to local organizations and high school classrooms, family-friendly literature & resource creation, and a restaurant outreach initiative!
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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Kaylyn -- Founder & Executive Director
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 three 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 -- Education Director
Evan 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.
Check out Evan's My Vegan Journey YouTube feature here!
Jayma -- Special Events Coordinator
Jayma is a straight shooting activist who will always tell it like it is in an endearing, humor-filled way. Jayma’s natural approach to activism involves a delightful twist of frankness, humor, intelligence and energy and we adore her for it! Jayma is a pro at providing vegan education at outreach events and can easily navigate resources to help veg-curious folks find the information that they are most interested in, and will benefit from the most. If you come to an event where Jayma is, you can be sure you’ll quickly feel at ease because Jayma will spot you and strike up a conversation in which you’ll feel comfortable, entertained and at home. In addition to bringing humor to events and making sure people are at ease, Jayma also plays an essential role working behind the scenes to ensure that events run smoothly. Some of our favorite Jayma moments include Jayma fanning an overheating Santa and ensuring another activist didn’t fall while carefully balancing on a chair to get the perfect vegan food photo! While photos of Jayma herself are rarities, you can always find her at events taking care of small details and jumping into action before attendees even realize there could have been a major hiccup! Be sure to keep an eye out for Jayma at local vegan events- you’ll easily spot her doing what she does best: making people feel comfortable and engaged with her natural charm, frankness, intelligence and good humor. We are so lucky to have Jayma on the team as the Special Events Coordinator!
Raven -- Health Coach
Raven become vegetarian at age 12 years old. Then at the age of 29, she became vegan. Before becoming a dental hygienist, she worked as a vet tech on factory farms and in medical research. She was able to get the insider scoop on what really happens behind the scenes on farms and within the research field. Needless to say this led her to switch from vegetarianism to veganism. This switch allowed her to avoid contributing to unnecessary suffering of the animals. Raven has competed in martial arts for over a decade and still trains on a weekly basis. She is confident that her vegan diet has greatly contributed to her success as an athlete. Through discipline and kindness, she uses her experience to help others make health changes. Raven has been working with the Columbus Veg Community for almost a year as a health coach. Working one-on-one with others allows her to provide realistic health advice specific to the person she is working with. It is Raven's passion to help others find peace by living a peaceful lifestyle and learning how to love yourself and the others around you. In her free time you can find her mentoring people, helping her husband with his sculpture business, training-working out, and hanging out with her 16 year old cat named Biggie!
Special thanks to Alma Images for this photo!
Dustin "DJ" -- Health Coach
DJ became vegetarian in 2013 and became vegan and 2015. He is a lifelong athlete who has competed in baseball, football, rugby,wrestling, MMA, boxing, and jiu-jitsu. Since his switch to veganism, he has noticed his body fat has greatly decreased and his performance has become better than ever. At age 37 he is still playing rugby and training MMA weekly. These sports are known to be taxing on the body and he finds that he is recovering better than when he was in his twenties. He has discovered the power of eating a clean whole foods plant-based diet and how it has made him faster, stronger, and more efficient than he's ever been. DJ has been working with the Columbus veg Community as a health coach for almost a year and enjoys giving people recommendations on how to change the cycle of unhealthy habits. He's a sculptor who owns his own business entitled Sculptdecor, where he makes projects including but not limited to, animatronics for haunted houses to ice or wood carvings. In his free time you can find him walking his cat on a leash, brewing up new art projects, working out/training, and mentoring people into a healthier lifestyle.
Special thanks to Alma Images for this photo!
Allyssa -- Campus Liaison & Event Planner
Allyssa committed herself to veganism at 16 years old after learning about the cruel reality of factory farming as well as the eye-opening notion of speciesism. Although she initially turned to a plant-based diet for ethical reasons, this has evolved into something much greater. Now, Allyssa is very passionate about promoting transparency in healthcare by encouraging the practice of plant-based nutrition and educating the public about the infinite benefits of a vegan lifestyle. She is also an advocate for environmental justice, well aware that our planet is in grave danger and that modern dietary practices are a major contributor. Allyssa is currently a sophomore at OSU where she is working on her major in Philosophy, Politics & Economics and her minor in Environment, Economy, Development & Sustainability. She is also working toward her Holistic Nutritionist Certification.
Outside of activism, Allyssa enjoys cooking healthy vegan food, visiting animal sanctuaries, exploring nature with her golden-doodle bestie, and rock climbing. An inspirational quote that has guided Allyssa through her journey in animal activism is followed: "Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere".
Maria-- Campus Liaison & Research Specialist
Maria is a fourth-year civil engineering student at The Ohio State University specializing in water resources. She became vegan for ethical reasons at the age of 14, and it’s the best decision she’s ever made! Maria has always been an animal lover and her cat Smokey has been an important part of her life since she was 6 years old. She realized that all animals deserve love and respect, and none of them should have to be harmed for her consumption. Since being vegan, Maria has also embraced other reasons for being vegan as well. She learned how to cook after going vegan, and now she really enjoys making healthy vegan meals for herself, as well as for friends and family. Going vegan also made Maria really interested in environmentalism, besides veganism, Maria tries to do everything she can to live a more eco-conscious life. And this led her to become really involved in outdoor activities and grew her love for adventure in the outdoors! Veganism has opened Maria up to so much, and really helped to shape her life and values, and she could not be more thankful. Maria is excited to engage in activism with the Columbus Veg Community and is grateful to be among supportive and driven people to help make change!!