Volunteer at Twin Cities Veg Fest

Twin Cities Veg Fest takes place on Sunday September 16 at Harriet Island Park in St. Paul. Volunteer to join us!

Volunteering your time to a cause you are passionate about is the most effective way to make a big impact for the animals. Big or small, young or old, there are opportunities everywhere to make the festival a more welcoming and better place for all attendees.

When people have a great experience at the festival due to the hard work or smiling face of a volunteer, that might be the push they needed to explore a plant-based lifestyle which will create a more peaceful world for animals bit by bit.

Whether you’re a helping hand keeping the festival grounds clean, greeting attendees, or representing Compassionate Action for Animals at an outreach table, every role is important to create a welcoming and fun atmosphere at the festival.

In addition to the positive effects your volunteer work has on the community of vegans and skeptics around you, volunteering is a fun way to meet like-minded people! All volunteers for the event have the affirmative mindset to donate their time and services to make the festival a better place, and is a pool of positive connections ready to be made.

Each year Twin Cities Veg Fest relies on volunteers to keep the festival free for all and running smoothly, and we couldn’t do it without your hard work. I encourage you if you are able to join our team of dedicated volunteers and make a difference at this year’s Twin Cities Veg Fest! For a list of available positions and shift times we are looking for this year, please see our form at http://bit.ly/tcvegfest18vol. We look forward to working with you!


by Emma Pearson, Volunteer Co-Coordinator, Twin Cities Veg Fest

Seeking Graphic Design Student Coordinator

Goal for Graphic Design Student Coordinator

To create visual materials that increase public engagement with CAA programs, including event participation, volunteer recruitment, and donor support.


  • Create visual materials throughout the 2018-2019 school year using our style guide
    • Collaborate with staff and volunteers to create materials
      • Use copy provided by staff
      • Participate in an editing process led by the Communications and Events Coordinator
      • Approximately 5 to 7 hours per week
    • Materials will likely include:
      • A new banner for the organization to carry in parades and post at events
      • Flag banners advertising our video outreach program
      • A year-end fundraising appeal letter and matching envelope
      • Donor appreciation party invitations
      • Annual banquet invitation and program
      • A new Facebook cover image for the CAA student volunteers page
      • T-shirt, stickers, magnets, and other promotional items

Depending on skill level and interest there may be the opportunity to work on our annual report and the annual 12-page magazine.

Skills required

  • Adobe Illustrator
    • Demonstrated skill creating materials similar to those listed above
  • Strong communication and collaboration skills
    • Ability to meet deadlines
    • Ability to respond positively to editorial feedback
    • Ability to use an online project management system and other online tools
  • Interest in our mission


  • A stipend of $250 at the end of each semester
  • A body of work to share with prospective employers
  • References provided by the CAA staff upon request

To apply

Please email a letter of interest to info@exploreveg.org describing your graphic design experience and your student status. Please include samples of your work as an attachment or a link.

This position is student service fee funded and is open only to current University of Minnesota students.



Joining the Board of Directors

CAA is always interested in hearing from those interested in joining our board. Please start by reading our letter to prospective board members.

You should be intimately familiar with our core values, and you should read through our bylaws as well.

Finally, please read about the responsibilities of board members.

Prospective board members should attend and participate in at least one board meeting before they will be considered for board membership. After that, the board will ask you to fill out the questionnaire for prospective members. We may also ask you to attend a few more meetings before voting on whether to add you to the board.

If you are interested in joining the board, please email info@exploreveg.org to find out when our next board meeting will take place.

Campus Meetings & Other Student Events

Are you a college student in the Twin Cities who wants to help farmed animals? Or to you want to try out eating vegan? Come to our weekly meetings, enjoy food and conversation, meet other animal advocates, and learn how you can get involved. (High school seniors are welcome, too!)

At the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities

Weekly meetings for the University of Minnesota student group are every Wednesday from 7:30pm to 8:30pm in Coffman 319.

At Augsburg University

Weekly meetings for the Augsburg University student group begin on  January 22. They will take place every other Tuesday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm in Linell Library 202. Upcoming meeting will be on February 26, March 12 and 26,  April 9 and 23, and May 2.

Other On-Campus Events

Leafleting Coordinator

CAA passes out leaflets at colleges, concerts, and festivals. The Leafleting Coordinator finds appropriate venues to distribute leaflets and coordinates interested volunteers and leaflets alongside them.

Leafleting involves handing out brochures about factory farming and plant-based eating to the public. The Leafleting Coordinator oversees all of CAA’s leafleting. Our goal is to hand out leaflets two times a month with three or more volunteers.


  • Distribute literature about factory farming and plant-based eating to large numbers of people at local events that are especially attended by young adults, our target demographic
  • Provide volunteers with the opportunity to make a big difference for animals in a short amount of time

Benefits of Position

  • Reach new people who are interested in learning about animal agriculture and plant-based eating
  • Gain skills in interpersonal communication and program coordination
  • Contribute to a successful organization and movement
  • Meet like-minded animal advocates


  • Coordinate and participate in two leafleting events every month
  • Secure locations for leafleting
  • Communicate with venues about event regulations, ending times, and best areas to leaflet
  • Keep a supply of leaflets at the CAA office and order more when necessary
  • Arrange for transportation of materials to leafleting locations.
  • Keep detailed records of the amount and type of literature ordered and distributed
  • Recruit and train volunteers to help with leafleting


  • A strong desire to educate the public about animal cruelty and compassionate eating choices
  • Friendly and outgoing
  • Good communication skills
  • An ability to interact positively with a wide variety of people
  • Available late in the evening for concerts and during school hours for colleges to leaflet

Time Commitment

  • Approximately 10 hours/month

Please contact unny@exploreveg.org if you are interested in this position.

Development Committee

What does it take to help farmed animals? Thoughtful planning and a variety of committed teams to make those plans a reality. One of those vital teams is the development committee.

To effectively advocate for animals we need an office space, staff members, communication resources, and volunteer support. These things cost money, and the development committee helps to raise funds that enable CAA to fulfill its mission.

The committee reports to the executive director. We also welcome volunteers who will work on only one of the activities listed below. To whatever extent you’d like to be involved, please contact the executive director at info@exploreveg.org.

Development Committee Member Duties

  • Collaborate to develop the annual development plan and support other committee members’ work
  • Meet every other month to support planning and track progress
  • Demonstrate leadership in philanthropy through personally helping reach annual goals (e.g., establish a monthly gift or increase total annual giving)

Committee members will work with each other and the executive director on one or more of the activities outlined below. Please note that committee members do not need to do all of these activities. For example, a current member is sending monthly letters, helping with general planning, and helped plan and execute the donor appreciation party.

Development Activities

  • Create an annual development plan
  • Thank donors who participate in campaigns within 24 hours by email or phone
  • Send thank you and tax receipt letters monthly
  • Help plan or host the annual donor appreciation party, which takes place in February
  • Plan annual events, including:
    • Annual Banquet
    • Twin Cities Veg Fest fundraiser
    • Year-end campaign tied to Give to the Max Day
  • Provide matching funds
  • Invite friends to participate in giving events through one or more strategies, including:
    • Invite friends to giving events (e.g., annual banquet)
    • Share online fundraisers
    • A personal fundraising page on GiveMN
    • A birthday fundraiser on Facebook
    • Speak at a fundraising event
  • Meet with donors
  • Identify potential corporate or foundation support
  • Assist in the development of proposals to corporations or foundations
  • Participate on the Twin Cities Veg Fest sponsorship subcommittee, which begins working each October



  • Distribute leaflets about factory farming and vegetarianism at colleges, concerts, and public events


  • Get the message out about animal cruelty and plant-based eating
  • Get to know other CAA volunteers

Bridges of Respect

Bridges of Respect, a program of Compassionate Action for Animals, provides free humane education presentations for middle schools, high schools, after-school programs, colleges, and community groups in the Twin Cities metro area.

Founded in 1999, Bridges has given thousands of presentations to tens of thousands of students and has received excellent feedback from both teachers and students. The interactive presentations raise awareness about important issues affecting people, animals, and the environment. The program encourages critical thinking, leading participants to understand how their actions can have an impact.

Programs are flexible in length, modified for each age group, and tailored to fit curricular needs. Plant-based food samples are often included with presentations.

To request a free presentation for your class or if you would like to learn more about volunteering with Bridges of Respect, email info@bridgesofrespect.org.

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