Community Conversations bring outside voices in

Community Conversation LogoUnited Way of Greater Cleveland is conducting a community needs assessment to determine needs and gaps in service throughout Greater Cleveland. Supplementing this needs assessment will be information gathered through Community Conversations, which are being facilitated through United Way’s Engagement Center.

Community Conversations bring outside voices in – perspectives from people living and working in our neighborhoods — to identify the most common basic needs in communities such as Mt. Pleasant, Glenville and Hough. Resulting themes from the various Community Conversations will aid in the development of the Community Needs Assessment final report.

Community Conversations unveil many gems in Greater Cleveland. For instance, Mr. Green, owner of All the Kings Men barbershop, and other local business owners provide needed services outside of their trade. Mr. Green not only provides haircuts and a sense of camaraderie to his patrons in the Glenville community, but also guidance and resources for neighborhood youth. He also organizes block parties, back-to-school drives and assists homeless adults with their most basic needs.

Community Conversations also unveil areas where United Way can work with our corporate partners and funded agencies to gather resources to help fill additional community needs. Recently, United Way worked with Mr. Green, Kennametal and The General Insurance Group to provide school supplies to 100 students in need in the Glenville area.

If your community could benefit from hosting a Community Conversation, please contact An’Tuan Williams, Community Conversation Coordinator, at

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