Around the Table South launched for the first time in the Pittsburgh region during the week of October 15-19, 2018. This week-long initiative invited residents of the Jefferson Region—those communities in the South Hills and Mon Valley—to gather over mealtime conversations to build connections and explore how we can work together to make our communities stronger. These community conversations were an opportunity to shape our region into a stronger, healthier, and more dynamic place to live and work. This initiative launched as a partnership of The Jefferson Regional Foundation and the Jefferson Community Collaborative.
The Around the Table South initiative is based off of On the Table, a successful resident and civic engagement model developed by The Chicago Community Trust. Since the Trust launched On the Table in 2014, more than 30 communities nationwide have replicated the project.
This year, Around the Table South is partnering with Leadership Pittsburgh’s Big Table Event to have an even bigger impact! Community Members from the Jefferson Area will participate in Around the Table conversations during the week of March 18-24, 2020, while community members in other regions surrounding Pittsburgh will participate in Leadership Pittsburgh’s Big Table Event on March 18th.
Hosts from all walks of life are encouraged to gather 8-12 people for a mealtime conversation, inviting their family, friends, neighbors, and colleagues. Conversations can place in person in places like libraries, churches, restaurants, workplaces and even around kitchen tables.
Big ideas can spring from small conversations and 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.
Want to get involved? Sign up here to Host a Conversation in 2020!