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Blue Grass Community Foundation to hold small, mealtime conversations about issues — join in

At a press conference at the Government Center yesterday, Blue Grass Community Foundation and the City of Lexington announced On The Table 2018, a community engagement initiative designed to bring people together during small, mealtime conversations to talk about issues that impact the quality of life in their communities.

On Wednesday, March 28, On The Table discussions will take place at hundreds of public venues and private homes throughout Lexington, Franklin County, Clark County, Woodford County and the surrounding region. To date, over 13,000 have registered to be part of a conversation.

Mayor Jim Gray encouraged Lexington citizens to get involved in On The Table. “In 2017, Blue Grass Community Foundation got us talking through On the Table, and then followed up with grants to put the talk into action,” Mayor Jim Gray said. “These grants have funded services and activities all over town, improving our community.”

In 2017, people from every residential zip code in Lexington participated in an On The Table discussion. Those conversations helped guide city planning efforts and the work of community leaders. This year, the effort is expanding to the surrounding region. Conversations will focus on ways to improve one’s community through individual and collective civic engagement.  

Blue Grass Community Foundation is one of ten community foundations across the U.S. participating in On The Table, a national initiative funded by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation following a successful pilot in 2017.

Superintendent of Fayette County Schools Manny Caulk reported that last year over a half dozen schools participated, but this year that many more will be participating.  In addition, Blue Grass Community Foundation has provided school safety conversation starters that will help students discuss issues.  These are available online at bgcf.org/onthetable.

The Community Foundation’s partners include the City of Lexington, the University of Kentucky, Transylvania University, Fayette County Public Schools, Global Lex, Fayette Alliance, CivicLex, Lexington Public Libraries, Clark County Community Foundation, Franklin County Community Fund and Woodford County Community Fund.

“Every voice matters,” said Lisa Adkins, President/CEO of Blue Grass Community Foundation. “Participants will be asked to fill out a short survey that will be used to create a final report of the issues discussed and ideas generated to make our community stronger.” 

Last year’s report is available at the website.

Anyone can register to host or be part of an On The Table 2018 discussion by clicking here.

From Blue Grass Community Foundation

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