The act of coming together has never been more important than it is today. When we come together as a community to listen and learn from each other, we have the power to impact both neighbors and lives. That’s what On the Table is all about. While we know that there’s no “quick-fix: to the issues facing our region, progress will result from residents and organizations to make contributions that add up to a greater solution that helps unite the place we call home.
On September 26, 2018, we invite you to share the way in which you are working to make positive changes in your community and how we as individuals and a collective can support efforts to better Lake County. Following the meal, you will be asked to share feedback and key takeaways from your conversations through a short survey. Legacy Foundation will use the results to further support good works and address concerns.On-The-Table_General-Factsheet
On September 26, 2017, Legacy Foundation asked residents to come together in small or large groups in their neighborhoods and have a meal and conversation. The initiative was an opportunity for friends, neighbors, coworkers, and strangers to have a dialogue about community issues that are important to them, with the intention of sparking new connections and ideas for change.
On the Table brought together over 1,500 local residents at 133 sites across Lake County on one day. Over 1,300 adults took the survey to share feedback from their discussions – 25 zip codes were represented. Results of the survey are shown in the Impact Report, Summary Report, and Data Exploration Tool.
WHAT WE LEARNED
We learned that those who participated in On the Table and responded to the survey are highly engaged. They donate, volunteer, and get involved in their local communities at higher rates than the national average. Overall, residents were proud of their communities and felt that they could make an impact. Survey respondents stated being the most happy with their local schools, but wanted their communities to have more transportation options.
On the Table participants connected with new people. Over one-half of respondents reported speaking with one or more attendees they did not know prior to the conversation. The top issues raised during conversations were education and youth, economic issues and poverty, equity and social inclusion, transportation, and public safety and the judicial system.
HOW LEGACY FOUNDATION IS SUPPORTING ACTION
Immediately following the conversations, Legacy asked participants to submit a brief application for a Community Action Award to implement ideas generated during On the Table. Legacy awarded 10 – $1,000 grants to help people take action on solutions to community issues. Projects included a positive news podcast, an exchange program for girls from different communities, a community photo contest, monthly networking dinners, and student-led beautification activities.
Legacy Foundation is restructuring its grant application so that funding decisions can better address resident concerns. The Transform Lake County grant application asks nonprofit organizations to identify how their proposal addresses resident feedback.
On Wednesday, September 26, 2018 join us for a one-day opportunity to gather around a table with friends, neighbors, colleagues, or strangers to share a meal and talk about issues impacting our neighborhoods. This year, we’re encouraging more groups to take action after their conversations to make Lake County stronger, safer and more dynamic. Be part of the conversation. Your voice matters!