Club Spotlight: R.U. C.A.R.E.S.

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R.U. C.A.R.E.S., Reinhardt University Cares for Animal Rights and Environmental Sustainability, is a club at Reinhardt University that stands for the health, legal support and sustainability of Earth’s other inhabitants and their homes.

R.U. C.A.R.E.S. started about two years ago after Marianella Lopez, president and founder of R.U. C.A.R.E.S., noticed that there was not a group on campus that spoke out on behalf of animals and environmental well-fare.

“One thing that we are really proud of is our involvement outside of the Reinhardt Community. Our members have volunteered in many off campus advocacy events, such as marching with PETA at the Pride Parade, volunteering at VEGFEST, and other volunteering opportunities, representing Reinhardt as a compassionate, and active advocating University,” Marianella Lopez states.

The organization is a part of the Georgia Collegiate Animal Rights Advocacy Group. This group was started a year ago by college students all over Georgia, who wanted to connect with each other to support number and activity growth throughout the state. R.U. C.A.R.E.S. is also associated with several Animal Rights groups, including national groups such as: The Humane League, PETA, Mercy for Animals and local groups such as GARP (Georgia Animal Rights Protection).

R.U. C.A.R.E.S. advocates by showing two movie screenings a year. One of the movies shows how our diets and food choices affect the environment, and the other movie shows how our diets and food choices affect our health and animal well-fare.

The organization holds different campus outreach events, such as the annual “Cruelty Free Hot Cocoa-Cocoa” event, where the club hands out free plant based (almond, soy, cashew milk) hot-chocolate and warm cookies at their annual Spring Day booth event.

“Our outreach event allows us to reach out to the Reinhardt Community, informing them about the club, and providing literature (pamphlets) that inform the reader about the benefits of a plant-based diet,” Lopez goes on to say.

Students can get involved by joining R.U. C.A.R.E.S. Facebook group and by attending monthly meetings. R.U. C.A.R.E.S. meets on Monday’s each month at 8:30 p.m. at the Hasty Student Life Center.

Written By: Kelly Kipfer

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