On October 4, 2017, more than 2,000 residents of southeast Michigan participated in On the Table, a new initiative of the Community Foundation. Over breakfast, lunch, snacks, or dinner, people gathered to discuss how to make their communities places where young people can grow and thrive. More than 200 conversations were hosted in all seven counties of southeast Michigan.
Conversations were held:
• In living rooms, on porches, and in yards across the region.
• At youth centers, such as River Rec Teen Center in Marine City and the Downtown Boxing Gym in Detroit.
• In schools, including Farmington Public Schools, Grosse Pointe Academy, Hartland Public Schools, and Brighton Area Schools.
• At universities, including Eastern Michigan and the University of Michigan – Dearborn.
• At museums such as the Detroit Institute of Arts, the Detroit Historical Museum, and The Henry Ford.
• At the offices of regional nonprofits such as the YMCA of Metro Detroit, Autism Alliance of Michigan, and Boys & Girls Clubs of Southeast Michigan.
• At local nonprofits like the Osborn Neighborhood Alliance in Detroit and Literacy & Beyond in Port Huron.
• At businesses, including American House Senior Living Centers, Plante Moran, and La-Z-Boy.
• At health-focused organizations, including the American Heart Association and Beaumont Health.
• At religious organizations, such as the First Presbyterian Church of Birmingham, The Well, and the Masjid Wali Muhammad mosque.