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The Village Supper

A dinner once a month that brings the community around the table for conversation and workshops on specific family questions. The village supper brings together the community and would rotate from various community centered spaces depending on the location (schools, churches, libraries or child care centers).

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Community members would arrive, help to prepare the food, talk with each other while kids could play and socialize.  Following the meal parents would partiticpate in a hands-on workshop.  

Workshops would draw on the expertise of the community and would be facilitated by a specific topic expert.  The workshops would be based off of the needs and interests of the participants as well as the local expertise.  

Some potential subjects: 
Nutrition
Responsibility
Parenting Style
Setting Boundaries
Screen Time 
 

Who will benefit from this idea and where are they located?

Anyone! Parents, elders, kids and child care providers. Continuing with the adage "it takes a village" we think that it's important to have a community of people working together to raise our children. The general concept for this idea could be adapted and exist in a variety of locations! Here is what we think it could look like in Addison County: Potential locations Addison County for the meals and workshops: Parent Child Center Otter Creek Center Project Independence Middlebury Community Care Coalition Audience: Parents Children In home child care providers Child Care Providers at local centers Topics: TBD

How could you test this idea in a quick and low-cost way right now?

1. Reach out to child care providers and parents to see if they would be interested in participating and what type of discussions they would like to have. 2. Connect with the existing community supper that happens each Friday to see if they could host a specific dinner at focuses on parenting, to leverage their existing kitchen and facilities. 3. Speak with local grocery stores and farmers to see if they could donate food. 4. Talk to the Parent Child Center to see if we could use their vans to help with transportation limitations.

What kind of help would you need to make your idea real?

Are there existing models like this in other topic areas that we could learn from?

Is this an idea that you or your organization would like to take forward?

  • Yes. I am ready and interested in testing this idea and making it real in my community.

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What a great, efficient idea!
I'd encourage you to look at the QC Family Tree, which hosts neighborhood dinners twice a month.
https://openideo.com/challenge/zero-to-five/research/a-sense-of-community-can-be-everything

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Team

Thanks for sharing this DiemTien!

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