Legacy Foundation Awards $10,000 to move On the Table Participants from Conversation to Action

By: Legacy Foundation Last Updated: November 13, 2017

legacy-foundation-logoLegacy Foundation announces 10 groups to receive $1,000 Community Action Awards. The Community Action Awards follow Legacy Foundation’s On the Table initiative and are meant to empower participants to implement an idea generated in their conversations. The awards were open to any individual or organization that took part in On the Table on September 26.

On the Table brought together over 2,000 residents in small groups throughout Lake County to share a meal and discuss ways to improve the communities in which they live and work. Over 130 conversations took place in 18 cities and towns across the county. Legacy Foundation led the On the Table initiative in Lake County with funding from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and Horizon Bank.

“We hosted an On the Table, here at the ELC (Early Learning Center) in Hobart, and we were really interested to find out what our families want, how can we best serve them, what are their needs. What we were delighted to find out is that our families crave connection. They want to work together to make our community a better place,” said Laura Kovats, School City of Hobart Early Childhood Coordinator.

The School City of Hobart’s Building Brickies Program received one of 10 Community Action Awards to implement an idea coming out of their On the Table discussion. Building Brickies will use their $1,000 award to host a monthly free networking dinner to build community relationships.

City Life Center in Gary, another award recipient, will work with 6th through 8th grade students to produce a podcast featuring stories of positive things in the city. View City Life Center’s video submission: https://youtu.be/2GqQTHiu9tc.

Legacy Foundation put out a call for all On the Table participants to move beyond discussion and submit a brief application for actionable projects coming out of their discussions.

Recipients include: AMFB Mentors, City Life Center, Franciscan Health, Gary Commission on the Social Status of Black Males, Girls on the Run of NWI, Lady’s N Charge, Miller Beach Tourism Bureau, Open Hearts Therapeutic Riding Center, School City of Hobart's Building Brickies and Steel City Academy.

Applicants were asked to submit a 60 to 120 second video or a brief narrative describing their project and its impact on the community.

Winning project descriptions and video submissions are available to view at http://www.legacyfdn.org/onthetable/community-action-awards.

About Legacy Foundation
Legacy Foundation is a community foundation and the leading philanthropic partner serving Lake County, Indiana since 1992. Today, it manages more than 300 donor funds representing over $50 million in assets. Legacy Foundation is a nonprofit 501c(3) organization operating under the leadership of a volunteer board of directors. The board represents a diverse spectrum of the business, education, nonprofit and public sectors throughout Lake County.