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VEGETARIAN SOCIETY OF SOUTH JERSEY Organization Name provided in the GuideStar Exchange* as of 02/14/2014: VEGETARIAN SOCIETY OF SOUTH JERSEY

Organization Name as listed in the IRS Business Master File as of 06/09/2014: VEGETARIAN SOCIETY OF SOUTH JERSEY

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AKA  VSSJ
Mount Laurel, NJ
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VEGETARIAN SOCIETY OF SOUTH JERSEY Organization Name provided in the GuideStar Exchange* as of 02/14/2014: VEGETARIAN SOCIETY OF SOUTH JERSEY

Organization Name as listed in the IRS Business Master File as of 06/09/2014: VEGETARIAN SOCIETY OF SOUTH JERSEY

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Also Known As: VSSJ
Physical Address: Mount Laurel, NJ 08054 
EIN: 22-3049558
Web URL: vssj.com 
Year Founded: 1986 
Ruling Year: 1991 
How This Organization Is Funded: Membership Dues
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Mission Statement

The Vegetarian Society of South Jersey (VSSJ) is a nonprofit, tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization whose purpose is: Educational: To educate the public on the benefits of a plant-based diet. Information is provided through literature, videos, cooking classes, and speakers. Social: To provide opportunities for people to meet, share meals, and to have fun. Supportive: To offer advice, encouragement, and friendship to those in transition to a vegetarian diet.

Legitimacy Information

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Fiscal Year Starting: January 1, 2013
Fiscal Year Ending: December 31, 2013

Total Revenue $3,948
Total Expenses $3,151

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Programs

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Program Description:

Educational:  To educate the public on the benefits of vegetarianism. Information is provided through literature, videos, cooking classes, speakers, and an annual Health Expo. Social:  To provide opportunities for people to meet, share meals, and to have fun. Supportive:  To offer advice, encouragement, and friendship to those in transition to a vegetarian diet.

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VSSJ has been successful with our purpose: Educational: To educate the public on the benefits of a plant-based diet. Information is provided through literature, videos, cooking classes, and speakers. A number of free lectures have been held and are scheduled, distribution of free literature is provided at various local events, plus cooking classes and other outreach programs are on our calendar. Social: To provide opportunities for people to meet, share meals, and to have fun. At least one and usually multiple opportunities are held every month. Supportive: To offer advice, encouragement, and friendship to those in transition to a vegetarian diet. VSSJ provides support to members, participants on our Facebook page, and the public.
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