Columbia, S.C., Feb. 21, 2022 - Central Carolina Community Foundation, the Midlands’ leader in collaborative philanthropy, invites residents of Richland and Lexington counties to lend their voice during On the Table — happening March 6-12. For Midlands residents seeking to take action in their communities, $20,000 is available through Beyond the Table mini-grants.
“On the Table provides community members with an opportunity to form connections through meaningful, solution-focused conversations,” says JoAnn Turnquist, president and CEO of Central Carolina Community Foundation. “These conversations are the first step in igniting collaborative action in solving our communities’ issues.”
The Community Foundation will host two solution-focused, virtual conversations that include key connectors and community members from Richland and Lexington counties, concentrating on each community’s assets and strengths and thinking collaboratively about solutions. Interested residents can register at www.OnTheTableCola.org.
County-specific conversations are scheduled for:
• Richland: Tuesday, March 8 at noon
• Lexington: Wednesday, March 9 at noon
Resources Available for Residents Seeking to Host Their Own Conversations
The Community Foundation also encourages residents of the Midlands to join together for their own conversations. Midlands residents seeking to gather for their own solution-focused conversation can use On the Table conversation guides and toolkits provided by the Community Foundation and available at www.OnTheTableCola.org. Conversation guides include information and guided questions in the areas of education, race relations, civic engagement, poverty, food insecurity and social justice — areas of opportunity identified in previous years during On the Table conversations.
Beyond the Table Grants to Ignite Action
Five Beyond the Table mini-grants totaling $20,000 are available for Midlands nonprofit organizations in collaboration with Midlands residents seeking to take action in their respective communities. Beyond the Table mini-grants will fund projects addressing a community need based on a conversation held among at least four or more community members. Applications open on Tuesday, March 1 and close on Thursday, March 31. Information about the grants can be found at www.OnTheTableCola.org.
For more information or to sign up to attend a conversation, visit www.OnTheTableCola.org or call 803.254.5601.
About Central Carolina Community Foundation
Central Carolina Community Foundation, the Midlands' leader in collaborative philanthropy, is a nonprofit organization serving 11 counties in the Midlands of SC by distributing grants and scholarships and linking the resources of donors, nonprofits and area leaders to communities in need. Major initiatives include the online giving challenge Midlands Gives, On the Table, Connected Communities grants, the One SC Fund, and annual scholarships. For more information about the Foundation, visit www.yourfoundation.org or call 803.254.5601.
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