About On the Table
On the Table Greater Akron is a one-of-a-kind initiative where thousands of diverse residents from all walks of life and socio-economic backgrounds gather to share a meal and discuss meaningful ideas to strengthen our community. It’s an opportunity to shape our region into a strong, vibrant, safe and dynamic place to live and work. This project is part of On the Table, a national civic engagement initiative supported by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation; it was initially developed by The Chicago Community Trust.
Anyone who lives, works, worships or attends school in Summit or Medina Counties is invited to host or participate in a mealtime conversation with their family, friends, neighbors or colleagues. Conversations are held in person at locations such as your library, church, neighborhood restaurant, office break room or around your own kitchen table.
We know that big ideas can spring from small conversations and that people invest in what they help create. When we come together—face-to-face—to find common ground on community issues and challenges that matter to people, powerful things can happen.
Conversations this year will focus on the top five issues identified as concerning for our community:
- Economic Issues & Poverty
- Equity & Social Inclusion
- Drugs & Addiction
- Education & Youth Development
- Public Safety & Judicial System
So, gather 8-12 people or find a public conversation and participate in On the Table Greater Akron on Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2018 – your voice matters & we want to hear it.