An Invitation: “On the Table” by The Chicago Community Trust On behalf of The Chicago Community Trust, we invite you to participate in On the Table — a collaborative movement to re-imagine our region’s future and renew our commitment to the communities we share. On Monday, May 12 thousands of Chicago-area residents — from Alsip to Zion — will pull up a chair to discuss the future of our communities, while sharing a meal at small gatherings held in all kinds of locations throughout the region. The mission? To generate new ideas, inspire bold solutions and cultivate relationships and collaborations that advance our communities. On the Table commemorates the 99th anniversary of The Chicago Community Trust. The idea for the Trust was born during mealtime conversations hosted by Chicago banker Albert Harris nearly 100 years ago, during which Harris’ network decided to combine their philanthropies to collectively improve the region. As the Trust prepares for its second century, we hope these On the Table conversations will dissect, discuss, debate (with civility, of course) and ultimately define specific ways that we can work together to build strong, safe and dynamic communities. In order to make a real, positive impact on our neighborhoods region-wide, we need you. Our goal is to recruit at least 1,000 On the Table mealtime conversation hosts and we are already more than a quarter of the way there. We invite you to join the movement as a host. If you aren’t able to host an event, we would be delighted if you could participate as a guest and attend an On the Table event in your community. Visit OntheTable2014.com to learn more and register your participation for Monday, May 12. We encourage you to share this news with anyone in your network that may be interested as well. We hope you’ll join us. Sincerely, The On the Table Planning Team OntheTable2014.com Join the conversation with us on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube with the hashtag #OntheTable2014.