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Improving community

Published: Sunday, April 20, 2014 5:30 a.m. CDT

To the Editor:

The word “community” can mean a number of different things – a village, a group of people, togetherness, collaboration, shared interest. The list can go on and on. One constant though, is the shared investment and reliance on its members to make the whole community greater than the sum of its parts.

Too often we hear news stories about crime and scandal happening within our towns and communities. It seems as if for every story of good, there are three negative waiting to be told. It’s time we work together to eradicate that ratio and change the communities we live in for the better.

On Monday, May 12, hundreds of residents from McHenry County will participate in an initiative exceeding 10,000 citizens across the Chicago region. The project, called On the Table, will gather residents for intentional mealtime conversations to discuss the future of our region and how we can build and sustain strong, safe, dynamic communities – moving beyond the heat of political debate and focusing instead on truly engaging our peers, neighbors, friends and family to invest in and take responsibility for the neighborhoods we live in.

The project is spearheaded by The McHenry County Community Foundation’s parent organization, The Chicago Community Trust. The beauty and bottom line about On the Table is that anyone and everyone can participate on May 12 to have their voices and ideas heard. Visit www.onthetable2014.com to host a conversation and join us.

It’s time to put it all on the table.

Robin Doeden

President/CEO, McHenry County Community Foundation, Woodstock

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