Happy Big Table Week! This Friday and Saturday (April 26-27) Quad Citizens will gather for the second annual Quad Cities Big Table to identify community issues and create solutions to make our community stronger.
Want to get involved? There are two ways to participate: 1) community members may attend one of the five forums hosted by community leaders; and/or 2) host your own Big Table discussions.
Last year, over a 48-hour period, more than 5,000 Quad Citizens of all ages gathered around 508 tables to meet new people, share ideas and explore ways to improve lives and our region. Following the event a survey was conducted to indicate issues groups identified as potential ways to improve the Quad Cities region. Q2030 has organized five Big Table forums centered around some of the main issues that were discussed last year.
We caught up with a few community leaders facilitating Big Tables to find out why they volunteered to host and learn more about the topics they will discuss.
Jasmine and Teresa Babers, daughter-mother duo and founders of Love, GIRLS Magazine are hosting a Big Table discussion centered around Youth as Change Agents on Saturday, April 27 in Davenport.
Marcy Mendenhall, SAL Family and Community Services and Mike Oberhaus, former Rock Island – Milan School District Superintendent are hosting a Big Table discussion centered around the Role of Preschool in Creating a World-Class Education on Saturday, April 27, 2019.
See details on the five Big Table forums below:
8:30 – 10 a.m. Friday, April 26
Western Illinois University – Quad Cities, 3300 River Drive, Moline
Facilitated by Julie Forsythe, Quad Cities Chamber; Tom Trone, Quad Cities SCORE; and Dougal Nelson, Junior Achievement of the Heartland
10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. Friday, April 26
The Rust Belt, 533 12th Ave., East Moline
Facilitated by Dave Herrell, Visit Quad Cities; and Lauren Crew, Moeller Nights/The Rust Belt
1:30 - 3 p.m. Friday, April 26
Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center, 630 9th St., Rock Island
Facilitated by Leslie Kilgannon, Scott County Housing Council; Rick Schloemer, IH Mississippi Valley Credit Union; and Alvaro Macias, Ascentra Credit Union
10 – 11:30 a.m. Saturday, April 27
Bettendorf Public Library, 2950 Learning Campus Drive, Bettendorf
Facilitated by Marcy Mendenhall, SAL Family and Community Services; Mike Oberhaus, former Rock Island – Milan School District Superintendent; and Don Doucette, Eastern Iowa Community Colleges
2 – 3:30 p.m., Saturday, April 27
Scott County Family YMCA, 606 W. Second St., Davenport
Facilitated by Jasmine and Teresa Babers, daughter-mother duo and founders of Love, GIRLS Magazine
Interested in hosting your own Big Table? Click here to find full details about this year's event and how to get involved.