Around the Table South launched during the week of October 15-19, 2018 as a week-long initiative inviting 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 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 hosted Around the Table conversations during the week of October 15-19, 2018. Hosts gathered 8-12 people for a mealtime conversation, inviting their family, friends, neighbors, and colleagues. The conversations took 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.

More information on who participated in these exciting conversations and what they discussed is available in our Around the Table South Report here.

Want to get involved? Sign up here to Host a Conversation next year!