The Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin counties recently encouraged residents to participate in On the Table, a community-wide civic engagement initiative.
On the Table was designed to bring people together for a single day, share a meal and discuss meaningful ideas to strengthen their community.
The mealtime discussions took place throughout the day and the topics were determined by those sitting around the table. The impact report resulting from local attendee surveys will aid these communities in obtaining grants, creating policy and change, and increasing future volunteerism.
“I think it is important to hear from everyone in the community,” said Corrie Keller, Community Foundation senior director of marketing and communication. “It doesn’t matter how rich you are or how old you are, everyone deserves to be heard.”
The On the Table initiative began in Chicago by the Chicago Community Foundation and has since gained support from community foundations nationwide. This year, nine U.S. cities will participate in the initiative.
“On the Table is a day of community conversation, where people from all walks of life can discuss issues that are directly affecting them,” said Keller.
Community Foundation recognizes that the best conversations are often held over a meal. The On the Table initiative is an event where people can share their stories and discuss ways to take action in their communities.
“Ultimately we want to create community change,” said Keller.
Locally, numerous organizations and companies are partaking in the On the Table event. Many universities hosted similar events on their campus, allowing students to enjoy a meal together while having a conversation about issues they face on campus and within the community.
For more information about On the Table and how to get involved, please visit http://onthetablefl.com.