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On the Table Greater Akron to Dig Into Akron's Issues on Oct. 3

Akron Beacon Journal

On the Table Greater Akron returns next month with more public mealtime conversations designed to improve the community.

“On the Table is an opportunity for everyone in the community to have their voice heard,” Akron Community Foundation Vice President of Community Investment John Garofalo said in a prepared statement. “We want to ensure all residents have the opportunity to participate, even if they don’t know someone hosting a conversation or are not comfortable hosting themselves. We’re excited that this will also give attendees the opportunity to meet and interact with people from different backgrounds and neighborhoods.”

The conversations, headed by the foundation, are open to Summit and Medina County residents.  They will be held Oct. 3 at various locations listed at http://www.onthetableakron.com/findaconvo.

The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation Knight Foundation funded the On the Table program, which involves residents coming together to discuss ways to improve their neighborhoods in Akron and nine other cities where Knight once supported newspapers. It was based on a similar initiative launched in 2013 by the Chicago Community Trust.

Last year, On the Table Greater Akron inspired 505 organizations and individuals to open up their libraries, churches, businesses, parks, cafes and homes to host an estimated 950 conversations. About 6,000 people participated last year, with more than 3,500 completing a survey distributed after the event.
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