Celia Renteria's Guide to Animal Outreach and Tabling
Street Teamer Celia Renteria spends much of her time tabling for animal rights campaigns and collecting petition signatures to help animals, and she’s here to share her tips for setting up a table and doing outreach!
- Get permission. You can set up a table anywhere—as long as you have permission. Try tabling at your local library, your school, a local festival, or any community event.
- E-mail email@example.com. The peta2 team can send you all the materials that you’ll need for your table.
- Be early! Make sure that you know when your event starts and that you have reliable transportation to and from your venue.
- Be as approachable as possible. Smile! It could be a bit nerve-racking to talk to a bunch of people you’ve never met before, so try to organize your thoughts before you approach them. It can be simple as, “Hey, guys! My name is Celia Renteria, and I am collecting pledge signatures to help animals. This is a pledge to __________, ______________, and ____________.” (The blanks are for information regarding the campaign. Try to stick to three really good facts that can be found on the leaflet being passed out.)
- NEVER be mean or rude. It can get messy really fast. Also keep in mind that you are a voice for the animals. If you act inappropriately, people could get the wrong idea about veganism and animal rights. That would only hurt your cause.
- Be well informed about the campaign that you’re working on! You will get asked many questions, and it’s extremely useful to know the answers to possible questions. Those answers may be the key to changing someone’s mind, so do as much research as possible. But if you don’t know the answer to someone’s question, be honest—never lie!
- If you are collecting petition signatures and a person refuses to sign, it is crucial to still hand him or her a leaflet or a sticker. The goal is to spread the message, and even if some people don’t sign your petition, they still might read what you gave them!
- Talk to as many people as possible. The mission is to spread the message to everyone. Though you may encounter a few crabby people, it is important to get those kick-ass facts into their ears, and hopefully they will travel to their hearts.
- ALWAYS remember why you are there: for the animals. You want to be proud that you’ve touched people’s hearts, helped save animals, and educated people and changed their minds, right?
Awesome tips, Celia!
If YOU want to set up a table near you, just e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org, and we can help!
Thanks for being awesome for animals!