About Vegetarians of Washington
Washington is an independent 501(c)3 non profit organization, formed and
incorporated in the state of Washington in June 2001. We are an active and
dynamic group with events happening in and around the Puget Sound, and in many
other parts of the state from time to time. We are the largest vegetarian
organization in the Northwest and one of the largest in the country. Run by
full-time, experienced professionals, we also have a large team of advisers from
major, relevant sections of the community, including medical, religious and
Our mission is to help improve the health and well-being of people and the world
we live in, both by encouraging mainstream Americans to discover the advantages
and pleasures of vegetarian food, and by providing support and service to the
We aim to improve circumstances in the mainstream of American society. We care
when people die needlessly from heart disease and other diseases of excess in
the developed world, and from starvation in the developing world. We care when
the environment is damaged and animals suffer. We have faith that a better world
is possible, and that educating people about the vegetarian solution is one way
to make a real difference.
To achieve this, we established the following goals:
To help the average person, who follows a standard American diet, recognize that
a vegetarian diet is a much healthier option, that it’s tasty, affordable,
popular and easy to do.
To help the environmentally conscious make the connection between the food they
choose to eat and the environment they inhabit.
To help those who feel compassion toward animals understand the harsh conditions
that animals endure due to current
farming methods, and that a vegetarian diet can eliminate some of this
To help the spiritually minded see that a vegetarian diet can be spiritually
To help the new or experienced vegetarian or vegan feel comfortable with their
food choices, to help them gain social acceptance and know where to turn for
help when needed.
We take an open arms approach, welcoming everyone, whether they’re an
experienced vegetarian, a beginner or just curious. We aim to make people from
all walks of life and all ages feel welcome at our events. We encourage people
to try foods that are new to them, and to learn how to prepare them. However, we
recognize that people need to proceed at their own pace and just do the best
they can. We believe that more success will result in the long run if people
feel comfortable trying to eat one vegetarian meal a week, rather than if they
feel pressured into going completely vegan right away.
So how do we do all this? We
accomplish our mission and goals by:
Holding quality monthly dinners where all are welcome
Producing a regular e-newsletter to inform and entertain
Offering informative classes, to teach nutrition and cooking skills
Organizing a huge vegetarian food festival, Vegfest, which encourages the
general public to learn more and give vegetarian foods a try
Writing books that explain the advantages of a vegetarian diet, and show how
easy it is to do
Participating in other community events, to reach out to new segments of the
Engaging both vegetarian and non-vegetarian businesses by bringing them into
contact with the vegetarian community.
an authoritative resource for the media and the community at large
We see ourselves as advocates, educators and supporters, rather than activists.
We’re here to help people. We don’t do protests, civil disobedience or political
lobbying. We focus on helping mainstream people because we want to open their
eyes to new ways of looking at vegetarians and vegetarian food. We encourage and
support businesses of all sizes, whether vegetarian or not, to offer more
vegetarian and vegan options, because we want tasty vegetarian choices to be
available at every restaurant, store, dinner or potluck. We believe that working
with the non-vegetarian portion of the community is the only way the vegetarian
movement can grow.
The focus of our members is wide ranging, varying from those who care mostly
about their health or spiritual well-being, to those whose emphasis is on saving
the animals and/or the environment.
If you are new to vegetarianism, and you were worried that you wouldn’t fit in,
don’t worry. We think you will feel very welcome and supported if you
If you’re an experienced vegetarian, we hope that you will
join us to support the growth
of the vegetarian community.
Whatever your current diet, we invite you to
to make a difference