The Chicago Community Trust Invites Citizens to Put Future ‘On the Table’

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In communities across the region from Alsip to Zion, thousands of Chicago-area residents will come together in small groups on Monday, May 12 to break bread and discuss how to collaboratively build and maintain strong, safe and dynamic communities. This imaginative public square, an initiative The Chicago Community Trust is calling On the Table, is designed to generate new ideas, inspire bold solutions, and cultivate relationships and collaborations to improve communities region-wide.

The goal is to have more than 10,000 people of all ages, from all walks of life and socio-economic circumstances, participate in 1,000 substantive mealtime conversations on May 12 to commemorate The Chicago Community Trust’s 99th anniversary. Thousands more will be connected to the conversations through social media using the #OnTheTable2014 hashtag.

At the conclusion of the events on May 12, The Chicago Community Trust will send every participant a simple email survey, compiled by the University of Illinois at Chicago Institute for Policy and Civic Engagement, to learn more about their participation in this project, the interesting ideas they discussed and how this experience may impact their civic engagement moving forward. The Trust will publicly share these outcomes, including trends, common themes and new collaborations developed to advance some of the ideas and solutions generated. For more information or to sign up to participate as a host or a guest, Chicago-area residents can visit or call 866-737-6951.

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