The Chicago Community Trust Invites Chicagoland Residents to Take Action With New ‘Acting Up’ Awards

Following On the Table, participants are encouraged to submit videos outlining their ideas for community action and impact

Media Contact: Katelyn Yoshimoto

CHICAGO – April 27, 2016 – On May 10, tens of thousands of Chicagoland residents will participate in The Chicago Community Trust’s third On the Table initiative, gathering in small groups to share a meal and discuss the challenges and opportunities we face as a city and region. These conversations will inspire new ideas for ways we can work together to make our communities stronger, safer and more dynamic. In an effort to help some of those ideas come to fruition, the Trust announces a new program called the Acting Up awards.

“Each year following On the Table, we hear from excited and passionate community members about the conversations they had and the ways in which they want to make a difference on a local level,” said Terry Mazany, president and CEO of The Chicago Community Trust. “The Acting Up awards will allow us to identify and invest in some of these new, actionable ideas and approaches that will encourage collaboration and yield significant benefit to our community.”

The Acting Up awards will provide $1,000 awards to On the Table participants who have actionable ideas for community impact coming out of their On the Table conversations. The awards could be used to implement ideas all of kinds – from planting a community vegetable garden to buying school supplies for a classroom in need; from cleaning up a local playground to supplying dinner for a week at a local soup kitchen. The charge is simply to encourage people to work together and take action for the public good. Winners will be chosen based on brief video submissions.

On the Table participants are invited to submit a brief video of no more than two minutes, outlining their planned activity. Video entries will be accepted online between May 11 and 31 at A selection committee of diverse regional representatives will select up to 50 winners based on creativity, level of
community engagement and potential impact of the ideas. All Acting Up winners will be announced in July. For additional rules and regulations, please visit

To learn more or to sign up to host an On the Table conversation, visit or call 866-737-6951. Join the conversation on social media using the hashtag #OnTheTable2016 and #ChiTrustActingUp.