What is the Nebraska Vegetarian Association?
I’m not a member, can I still be a member and/or attend events?
What do I get out of being a member of the Nebraska Vegetarian Association?
What do my membership dues and/or donations pay for?
I want to become a member, but what if I’m not sure I can afford the annual dues?
Q: What is the Nebraska Vegetarian Association?
A: The Nebraska Vegetarian Association is a nonprofit that was established to provide two things: Community support and education. Through potlucks, cook-offs, and other regular gatherings, we aim to create a place that any vegetarian or vegan in Nebraska and Western Iowa can go to find mutual support regardless of what kind of vegetarian they are and why, and to exchange ideas, knowledge, and ‘tricks of the trade’ with others. Even those who aren’t fully-committed vegetarians can come to us and learn something new about plant-based eating and living.
Plant-based eating can be enjoyable and rewarding in many ways, and Nebraska already has a wide variety of professionals, parents, elders, children, and students who are vegetarian. By bringing them together to share knowledge and a meal, we aim to be a resource for the common good.
Q: I’m not a vegetarian, can I still be a member and/or attend events?
A: Absolutely! The Nebraska Vegetarian Association does not require that members or event attendees and their guests be vegetarian, just the food. Sometimes at special events, such as cook-offs where it’s intended for everyone to sample all the dishes, we may require that the dishes be vegan so everyone can participate, but this will always be clearly stated in the event details.
The only time we’ll actually expect that anyone be vegetarian is when they wish to become officers of the organization (e.g. President, Treasurer, Secretary, etc.). Otherwise, everyone is welcome.
Q: What do I get out of being a member of the Nebraska Vegetarian Association?
A: First and foremost, members get that warm fuzzy feeling from knowing that they’re supporting Nebraska’s vegetarian community. Secondly, many of our events feature contests and opportunities to win door prizes that are reserved for members.
Additionally, dues-paying members get the right to vote on major organizational issues (such as amendments to our bylaws), to vote for the officers of our organization (e.g. President, Treasurer, Secretary, etc.) in elections, and to run for office themselves.
Q: What do my membership dues and/or donations pay for?
A: As with any organization, the Nebraska Vegetarian Association incurs a variety of expenses in the process of its organizing activities, and membership dues and donations provide us a way to pay for them. The funds we raise from dues and donations help us pay for our website, our P.O. Box, bank account fees, legal paperwork fees, venue reservations, and the cost of supplies needed to host successful events.
As per Nebraska’s nonprofit law, none of the funds we raise through dues and donations ever go to an individual for his or her own personal benefit, except for reasonable compensation for services provided. None of the Association’s funds go toward paying any salaries, as we rely on volunteers to carry out the organization’s functions.
Q: I want to become a member, but what if I’m not sure I can afford the annual dues?
A: The Nebraska Vegetarian Association generally does not deny anyone membership just because they can’t afford to pay membership dues. Anyone facing severe financial hardship can contact us to explain their difficulties, and we can arrange to have a certain number of volunteer hours count as membership dues.
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