Chicago Community Trust Marks Centennial with On the Table Event
May 20, 2015 | Chicago, IL
On Tuesday, May 12th, Erie House celebrated the launch of The Chicago Community Trust’s Centennial year by participating in its 2nd annual On the Table event. An imaginative public square designed to improve communities across the region, On the Table brings together thousands of Chicago-area residents in small groups to share a meal and discuss ways they can work together to make their communities stronger, safer and more dynamic.
“Our Centennial vision is ambitious,” said Terry Mazany, CEO of The Chicago Community Trust, in a press release. “We want to spark a civic movement that will make the Chicagoland region the most philanthropic in the nation—On the Table is an important step towards this goal.”
Erie staff members gathered for breakfast to take part in a dialogue about the Chicago community outside of Erie House. The conversation began with a discussion about the importance of philanthropy leading participants to recall specific instances that have impacted their lives. Many brought up the importance of volunteering and how people underestimate the value of giving their time.
Participants also discussed important topics pertaining to Chicago such as gentrification, segregation and violence while expressing ways in which the community—and Erie House—can help alleviate these issues. Some offered large-scale solutions such as rent control and affordable housing, gainful employment in low-income neighborhoods, and community policing, while others suggested more proactive solutions such as getting involved in your neighborhood’s CAPS program or taking part in your school council.
Erie House was glad to participate in On the Table again this year as opening up a conversation is an integral step towards creating social change. For more information on the Chicago Community Trust and to find out how you can get involved in next year’s On the Table event, visit www.onthetable.com