Thank you for your interest in On the Table. We've included questions to the most common questions below. If you have additional questions, please email us at onthetable@yourfoundation.org

+ WHAT DOES A HOST NEED TO DO? WHAT'S INVOLVED?

It's pretty simple. You determine a location for 6-12 of your friends, family members, neighbors, or colleagues to meet on October 24, 2018 for a mealtime conversation to discuss the ways in which we can make our communities stronger.

The conversations can be hosted anywhere — homes, schools, restaurants, places of worship, libraries, offices, parks, and other community locations. You can have the conversation over breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert, or an afternoon, or evening snack. Hosts can cook, purchase food or ask their guests to bring a dish to share potluck style — it's completely up to each host and there is no right or wrong way!

+ HOW DO I GET STARTED?

Simply register to host using our online form. If you do not have all the details now, fill out what you know and send us an update when you have the details.

+ WHO DO I INVITE?

The guest list is up to you. If you're unsure, start with people you know — friends, family, colleagues, and neighbors. You may consider reaching out to a larger community by co-hosting your event with a local church or nonprofit. Consider asking your guests to bring a friend or invite people from your network who don't already know one another.

Six to twelve guests per table is ideal. On the Table is about giving everyone a chance to speak and be heard. If you want to host a larger gathering, consider breaking into smaller groups and allowing time for each group to discuss and report out to the larger group.

+ WHAT SHOULD AN ON THE TABLE GATHERING LOOK LIKE?

Hosts are encouraged to be creative. The priority is to create an atmosphere conducive to meaningful conversation — a potluck in your dining room, a picnic in a nearby park, a gathering at a neighborhood restaurant or a backyard barbecue are just some of the many possibilities.

+ WHAT IS EXPECTED OF A HOST?

  • Host a mealtime conversation on October 24, 2018. Most conversations will last approximately 60- to 90- minutes.
  • Invite 6 to 12 guests. The food does not need to be elaborate; it can be potluck, brown bag, or a simple snack. Gather at home, work, church, a coffee shop, or restaurant. You can host multiple conversations.
  • Attend the host training on October 2, 2018 or view the online training that will be posted the beginning of October.
  • Record the names and emails for each guest so we can send them a link to the survey. You can email or mail your participants' information to the Community Foundation.
  • Complete a post-event survey and ask your guests to do so as well. This is a crucial part of On the Table as the survey allows us to collect the creative ideas and actionable plans discussed during the event.

+ WHAT IS A SUPERHOST?

Organizations, institutions, churches and businesses are invited to participate as superhosts. These groups will host 5 or more tables of 6 to 12 individuals on October 24, 2018. If you are interested in being a superhost, please contact us at onthetable@yourfoundation.org.

+ WHAT DO I NEED TO PROVIDE AS A HOST?

Before October 24, make plans for the location of your conversation. This may mean reserving a location in advance, letting a restaurant or other business know about your conversation so they can accommodate your group, or checking the rules of a public place, such as a park.

You should also communicate to guests if you will provide food or if they will be purchasing their own food, providing a dish to share, or bringing their own individual meal.

Food, travel, supplies, and other items purchased for the event are the responsibility of the hosts and guests. This is not a tax-deductible event for hosts or guests.

+ WHAT HAPPENS AFTER THE Conversation?

1) Submit your Guest Information here: Provide the names and email addresses for your guests so we can send them a link to the survey.

2) Share your stories: We encourage all participants to share insights, photos and videos on social media using #OnTheTableCola or emailing us at onthetable@yourfoundation.org.

3) Complete a short survey: Be part of the community report. Share your experiences, thoughts and ideas that arose from these conversations. We want to hear from every voice!

4) Look for the Community Report: The Community Foundation will share a community report highlighting the ideas, conversations, themes and outcomes that emerge from On the Table. This data will inform efforts to improve our community in the months ahead.