Grants Awarded to USF’s On the Table Participants

July 12, 2017 | Joliet, Ill.

On May 16, the University of St. Francis (USF) hosted an “On the Table” discussion at the university’s main campus. On the Table is an annual forum, sponsored by The Chicago Community Trust. It is designed to elevate civic conversation, foster new relationships and inspire collaborative action across the region.

Seventy-five participants at USF explored the ways in which community members could collaborate to make the community stronger, safer and more dynamic. Ideas generated were centered on themes like education, jobs, diversity, safety, sustainability, and community service and resource-sharing. After the event, participants were given the opportunity to apply for $1,000 and $2,500 grants called “Acting Up Awards”– designed to turn the day’s conversations into action.

Three grant proposals submitted as a result of USF’s event were accepted, and each received one of the coveted $2,500 awards.

Building Peace in Joliet Schools: Basic and follow-up trainings in restorative practices that will be used to educate Joliet teachers at the University of St. Francis. (Submitted by Tracy Spesia, University of St. Francis)

Farm to Table Community Program: Implementation of a farm-to-table program at the Center for Disability Service in Joliet, including an indoor/outdoor classroom maintained by individuals with developmental disabilities in collaboration with community partnerships. (Submitted by Gina Wysocki, Center for Disability Services)

Joliet Area Little Free Library Community Project: Installing 12 little libraries for residents who may otherwise not be able to access Joliet’s public library. (Submitted by Catherine Yanikoski Adamowski, Joliet Public Library)

Details about the projects can be found at The video proposals can also be viewed there.

The University of St. Francis, in Joliet, Ill., serves 3,900 students nationwide, offering undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs in the arts and sciences, business, education, nursing and social work. There are over 49,000 USF alumni across the globe. For information, call 800-735-7500 or visit University of St. Francis: Bigger thinking. Brighter purpose.