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Impact | On the Table

Community Foundation of Central Georgia is one of 10 community foundations across the U.S. participating in On the Table, a national initiative funded by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. In 2019, in partnership with the Twin Lakes Library System, On the Table expanded to Milledgeville.

 

Throughout the Milledgeville-Baldwin County region, on October 30, 2019, nearly 1,000 people participated in over 100 On the Table conversations in offices, parks, churches, schools, restaurants, and homes; over breakfast, lunch, snacks, and dinner.

From all walks of life and socioeconomic backgrounds, organizations, and individuals of all ages, shared perspectives on the issues and opportunities facing our region and made connections to support future collaborative action.

All registered On the Table participants were invited to complete a survey conducted by national public opinion research firms Hart Research Associates and Public Opinion Strategies. The online survey gave us a deeper understanding of the conversations held and had 136 adults and one youth participants to respond. A summary presentation of findings from the survey, along with a data exploration tool that allows the results to be sorted based on specific topics and demographics, is available below.

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2019 Conversation to Action Mini-Grant Program Recipients (Milledgeville)

Organization

Wesley Chapel A.M.E. Church | On-Site Census Registration | $1,250


This grant will help open Wesley Chapel A.M.E. Church as a site to have people from the neighborhood come and complete the Census 2020 forms. The Census registration will be announced in the local newspapers as well as the local radio stations.




River Edge Behavioral Health | Mental Wellness Recovery Symposium | $1,250


This grant will increase awareness of resources to create a healthier community, especially related to accurate and non-stigmatizing health information. Accordingly, RE would like to assist planning and facilitation of an educational symposium.




River Edge Behavioral Health | Homelessness Relapse Prevention | $1,250


This grant will increase awareness of resources to create a healthier community, especially related to accurate and non-stigmatizing health information. Accordingly, RE would like to assist planning and facilitation of an educational symposium.




Central Georgia Technical College | Each One Reach One Baldwin County | $1,250


This grant will help Baldwin students engage in On the Table inspired conversation to discuss the impact of literacy on their families and discuss educational and job opportunities available. Students will invite dropout friends/relatives to the table.




Twin Lakes Library System | Read to Lead | $1,250


This grant will help implement Read to Lead, an initiative that brings local leaders and young library patrons for library storytimes. It will also promote the connection between literacy and leadership with READ posters of local leaders placed in local schools.




Allied Arts | Local Literary Journal | $1,250


This grant will help form and implement an ongoing workshop-type writing group of diverse individuals/styles that meets twice/month per 6-month sessions. At the end of each session, members' work will be published in a local literary journal, showcasing local writers and giving them important 1st-time publishing credentials they might not otherwise be able to obtain.





Individual

Ashley Copeland | Leadership Baldwin Class Project Pop-up Public Art Installation | $1,250


This grant will help the 2019-2020 Leadership Baldwin Class create an avenue for seasonal public art pop-up installations in Milledgeville-Baldwin County. A committee will approve the art, and the identified locations will change each quarter.




Tiara Johnson | Family Craft Night | $1,250


This grant will help bring bi-weekly Family Craft Nights that will consist of craft parties for only $5, allowing families with multiple children to have access to affordable recreational activities at various locations throughout Macon Milledgeville.




Kara Lassiter | Summer Readers Future Leaders | $1,250


This grant will help provide local, K-3rd grade students with age-appropriate books and reading materials to promote literacy during the summer months.




Angie Martin | Sustainable Strategic Planning for Economic Development in Baldwin County | $1,250


This grant will help create a sustainable economic development plan focused on current initiatives, increasing economic development, and retaining our youth.




Louise Sallstrom | Miriam Ministry of Milledgeville Raising Awareness | $1,250


This grant will help the GA Alliance to End Homelessness and advocate through public awareness to gain support for solutions to homelessness. They will provide flyers to service providers, the public, nonprofit organizations, businesses, policymakers, and more!




Carlee Schulte | Milledgeville Family Portrait | $1,250


This grant will help host a Milledgeville family portrait event to bring our community members together for a gathering and then get a drone picture to record the event.





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