Around the Table South is a new, week-long initiative that invites 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. It’s an opportunity to shape our region into a strong, vibrant and dynamic place to live and work. This initiative is launched in partnership with The Jefferson Regional Foundation and the Jefferson Community Collaborative.

The Around the Table South initiative is based off of On the Tablea 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.

People from all walks of life from the South Hills and Mon Valley communities are encouraged to host Around the Table conversations during the week of October 15-19, 2018. Hosts are invited to gather 8-12 people and host a mealtime conversation with their family, friends, neighbors or colleagues.

The conversations take place in person in places that make it easy to gather—like libraries, churches, restaurants, workplaces and even around your kitchen table. Wherever you can talk, eat and brainstorm with a group of 8-12 people!

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!