Our goal is to make learning about veganism fun, friendly, and accessible. We are invested in total liberation, which means fighting against the oppression of humans and nonhumans alike. We operate with the understanding that the roots of oppressions are often intertwined. Learn more about our values.
CVC is an all-volunteer-run 501(c)(3) grassroots organization. We were founded in 2015. In December 2020, we changed our name from C*lumbus Veg Community (named after our headquarters in C*lumbus, Ohio) to Caring Veg Community to stand in solidarity with indigenous struggles for justice.
Get to Know Us!
Charley is a law student at The Ohio State University Moritz, interested in the intersections between law and social justice. She enjoys skateboarding, Irish dance classes, and hanging out with her husband and 4-year-old son. Charley has been vegan since learning about the harmful effects of the dairy industry and animal agriculture’s toll on the environment. A member of CVC since February 2021, Charley has helped grow CVC’s Free Store (assisted with the legal issues surrounding solidarity initiatives for both human and non-humans), worked behind the scenes on the Anti-Racist Business Initiative, and develops educational projects such as the Animal Activism Law Instagram series and an Animal Law discussion group.
Ellenora recently graduated from Grand Valley State University with a degree in business. She began her journey to becoming vegan due to a lifelong love of animals and after watching the documentary What the Health. In her free time she loves listening to music, traveling, and hiking!
Evan teaches philosophy in Central Ohio. Evan became a vegan in 2014 after becoming convinced that all animals are equal. Check out Evan’s lecture “Left Politics & Veganism” on YouTube and join the discussion group if you are also interested in ethics and left politics. In his free time, Evan enjoys following politics and playing his banjo for his non-human animal friends.
Karen has been vegan since the beginning of 2019 and has since moved from an animal rights focus to understanding the interconnected nature of oppressions. Because of this, her activism supports consistent anti-oppression and solidarity with other social justice moments. Karen is passionate about seeking ways to bring the inclusive message of veganism to others and helping them make the connections that have played such a big role in the evolution of her own vegan philosophy and practice. She lives in London, UK with her husband Andy and animal companion, Bernie (who is a dog). She enjoys reading, pottering around her flat and growing veg in her allotment garden.
Kaylyn is a long time friend to non-human animals, a leftist and a believer in the power of community organizing. Kaylyn founded CVC in 2015 and serves as the current Central Ohio chapter facilitator. Kaylyn’s favorite part of CVC is the Virtual Learning Groups which have been a powerful catalyst for radical change for CVC as an organization and for the individuals who come together to form CVC. In her free time, Kaylyn enjoys spending time with others, imagining a world where all human and non-human people are free from harm and enjoy lives of freedom, pleasure, and community. Kaylyn believes that the work CVC does is a piece of making this vision a reality and is thrilled to be a part of it.
A former vegetarian, Rachel turned vegan when she learned about the horrors of the dairy industry and how it’s intertwined with the veal industry. She’s particularly interested in anti-diet culture and veganism and the different types of activism (both online and in-person) that exist. She firmly believes that being entirely plant-based isn’t the only way to be vegan.
Outside of activism, Rachel enjoys playing board games and getting creative in the kitchen. Her favorite vegan recipes are cannoli dip, quiche Lorraine, and tofu parm.
If you want help transitioning to a more plant-based lifestyle, if you’re interested in volunteer opportunities, or if you have any questions/feedback, we would love to hear from you!
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