FAQs

General FAQs

What is On the Table Greater Akron and why should I participate?
By hosting or joining a mealtime conversation as part of On the Table Greater Akron on Tuesday, October 3, 2017, you’ll be part of an exciting, community-wide initiative to explore the ways in which we have the power to collaborate to make our communities stronger, safer and more dynamic.

While we know there’s no “quick fix” to the issues facing our region, progress will result from residents and organizations sharing ideas and working together. Our community-wide conversations will generate new ideas, bold solutions and opportunities for investment.

What you do matters – and when we come together as a community to learn from and with each other, we have the power to impact both neighborhoods and lives. That’s what On the Table Greater Akron is all about.

What is the goal of On the Table Greater Akron?
Our goal is to bring together local residents to discuss how we can build and sustain our community. By agreeing to participate, you’ve already taken an important step in this movement.

How can I get involved?
Right now, we’re in the process of recruiting hosts from across our region to facilitate conversations for On the Table Greater Akron. To sign up, simply Register as a Host.

Where can I find more information about On the Table Greater Akron?
New and updated information will be posted regularly on our website. You can also reach us via email at Info@OnTheTableAkron.com or call us at 330-376-8522.

Be sure to follow us on social media: #OnTheTableAkron
Twitter: www.twitter.com/AkronCF
Facebook: www.facebook.com/AkronCommunityFoundation
Instagram: @AkronCF
YouTube: www.youtube.com/AkronCommunityFdn


Host FAQs

What does a host need to do? What’s involved?
It’s really pretty simple: You determine a location for folks to meet on October 3, 2017, for a meal or snack time conversation to discuss the ways in which we can collaborate to make our communities stronger, safer and more dynamic – communities where opportunities grow, quality of life is enhanced, and families thrive.

You can have your breakfast, lunch, dinner, snack or just beverages wherever you want and serve whatever you like. You could also host a potluck or eat together at a restaurant.

How do I get started?
Register as a Host.

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.

Eight to 12 guests per table is ideal. On the Table Greater Akron 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 Greater Akron 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. Plan on a 60- to 90-minute conversation and leave 15 minutes at the end if your guests will be completing a paper survey.

What is expected of a host?

  • Host a 60- to 90-minute mealtime conversation on October 3, 2017. Invite 8 to 12 friends, relatives, colleagues and neighbors; expand your circle to other networks. The food doesn’t need to be elaborate; it can be a potluck, a brown bag or a simple snack. Gather at home, work, church, a coffee shop or restaurant. You may host multiple small conversations.
  • Attend a host training or view one online.
  • Record the names and emails for each guest. This information will ONLY be used for the On the Table email survey.
  • Text, email or mail participants’ names and emails to Akron Community Foundation at the conclusion of your conversation.
  • Complete a post-event paper or electronic survey and ask your guests to do so, as well.

Why should I host an On the Table Akron event?
When we come together as a community to listen to and learn from one another, we have the power to impact both neighborhoods and lives. That’s what On the Table Greater Akron is all about.

What is a Super Host?
Organizations, institutions, churches and businesses are invited to participate as Super Hosts. Their commitment will be to host 15 or more conversations of 8 to 12 individuals on October 3. Super Hosts will be acknowledged throughout the community for their support through social media, and their logos will be displayed on our website.

What do I need to provide as a host?
If you are hosting at a restaurant or other business, please make sure they are able to accommodate you and let guests know if they are responsible for paying for their own meal.

If you are hosting your conversation at a public place such as a park, please check with the location on where and what is acceptable and follow all necessary rules for the facility. Also, if you are providing food or supplies, you are responsible for cleanup. Please let your guests know if this is a brown bag meal, or if they need to bring food of any kind.

If you’re hosting your conversation at a community center or hall, please make sure to RSVP with the location, if needed, and note that you are responsible for food (including catering, if applicable), supplies, setup and cleanup. Please let your guests know if this is a brown bag meal, or if they need to bring food of any kind. If you are using a caterer, please contact them to make arrangements for service.

If you are hosting the conversation at your home, you are responsible for all supplies and food.

Reimbursement for food, travel, supplies or other items purchased for the event is the responsibility of the hosts and guests, unless otherwise agreed upon with Akron Community Foundation prior to the event. This is not a tax-deductible event for hosts or guests.

What happens after the event?

  • Return the original sign-in sheet and paper surveys to Akron Community Foundation at 345 W. Cedar St., Akron, OH 44307, no later than October 10.
  • Share your stories: Stories will be shared to inform and inspire new solutions that address our priorities and aspirations. These stories will ultimately build a deeper and broader civic voice in our region. We encourage all participants to share insights, photos and videos on social media using #OnTheTableAkron.
  • Complete a short paper or electronic survey: Share your experiences, thoughts and ideas that arose from these conversations. Be part of the community report.
  • Akron Community Foundation will share a community report highlighting the ideas, conversations, themes and outcomes that emerge from On the Table Greater Akron. This data will inform the community foundation’s proactive community investment.

Where can I find more information about On the Table Greater Akron?
New and updated information will be posted regularly on our website. You can also reach us via email at Info@OnTheTableAkron.com or call us at 330-376-8522.

Be sure to follow us on social media: #OnTheTableAkron
Twitter: www.twitter.com/AkronCF
Facebook: www.facebook.com/AkronCommunityFoundation
Instagram: @AkronCF
YouTube: www.youtube.com/AkronCommunityFdn