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On the Table Greater Akron

Your Voice Matters 

On the Table Greater Akron is a community-wide initiative where thousands of diverse residents from all walks of life and socio-economic backgrounds gather to share a meal and discuss meaningful ideas to strengthen our community. It’s an opportunity to make our region a strong, vibrant, safe and dynamic place to live and work.

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Started by the Chicago Community Trust in 2014, On the Table embraces the idea that small conversations can generate big ideas — ideas that ultimately help shape the future of a region.

In 2017, Akron was selected as one of 10 cities across the U.S. to host the event with funding from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. Led by Akron Community Foundation, the initiative has brought more than 6,000 residents together each year to discuss pressing community issues in small mealtime conversations.

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News & Updates

You spoke. We listened. View the most recent survey results from On the Table Greater Akron and see the list of grant recipients from the first On the Table Community Impact Awards.

Anyone who lives, works, worships or attends school in Summit or Medina counties is welcome to host or participate in a conversation with their family, friends, neighbors or colleagues. Conversations are held in person at libraries, churches, neighborhood restaurants, office break rooms or your own kitchen table.

The best solutions that emerge from On the Table conversations are eligible to receive funding through Akron Community Foundation's On the Table Community Impact Awards program. This grant cycle awards grants of up to $2,000 for actionable ideas developed by On the Table participants. 

The information gathered during On the Table will also help drive Akron Community Foundation's proactive grantmaking.

While we recognize there are no quick fixes to these issues, we believe that together we can spur progress by investing in new ideas and bold solutions. Join us!

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