For the fourth year, the JT team was proud to partner with the Trust to help plan every facet of On the Table, including outreach to engage participants, development of messaging, and implementation of digital and mainstream media strategies to support the initiative.
In all, nearly 100,000 people engaged with On the Table in 2017 on social media; through workshops; and as hosts, participants and partners around 5,800 tables in every Chicago neighborhood and throughout suburban communities. Through On the Table, residents convened on the issues that matter and championed the causes that strengthen our region.
The Trust now challenges participants to turn their ideas into tangible activities that benefit neighborhoods and public good. The Acting Up awards will provide up to 100 $1,000 awards and up to 20 $2,500 awards to On the Table participants who have actionable ideas for community impact coming out of their conversations.
JT was retained by a group of six nonprofit agencies in Illinois that serve people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The General Assembly had passed a DSP wage increase in 2016 only to see it vetoed by the Governor. JT’s goal: Avoid the same fate in 2017.
More than 200 Chicagoans attended including longtime customers, Mayor Emanuel, politicians and other Chicago notables.