Common Ground

Common Ground is a single-day initiative where people gather at locations across our region to share a meal, connect with one another, build community and take action on the issues they care about. On June 28, individuals and organizations across Cuyahoga, Lake and Geauga counties will bring family, friends, and neighbors to the Common Ground table to discuss this year’s theme. Are you in?


When IconWhen is it?

Common Ground takes place on Sunday, June 28, 2020. Hosts can plan their mealtime conversation for any time during that day that works for them. Breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert, or anything in between – the choice is yours!

Who IconWho should participate?

Any Cuyahoga, Lake, or Geauga County resident who cares about the future of our community and wants to be a part of a forward-looking conversation. 

Where IconWhere will it happen?

Common Ground conversations can be held in any location. Previous events have been held in homes, parks, churches, and libraries. Locations can be private, or registration can be open to the public. Registration tools will be provided by the Cleveland Foundation.

What is Common Ground?

Common Ground is a day of community conversation. United by a common question, all Common Ground conversations have the same goal: to create spaces where meaningful connections are made and purposeful actions begin. For more information, check out our FAQ.

How can I participate? 

Residents can get involved in Common Ground by hosting a conversation or participating in one or more. Registration, conversation facilitation, and promotional support will be provided to all Common Ground hosts, but registration is required. Registration to attend a Common Ground 2020 conversation begins in May. Host registration is available now here or via the link below. 

What is the theme for Common Ground 2020?

Next summer, Common Ground invites you to connect with others over a meal and conversation. Join us to discover what happens when voices are counted, and the possibilities that are created when people come together as they are. Are you in?

Are you in for the opportunity to reflect on our community? Are you in for taking steps to support and improve this place we call home? Are you in to connect with the amazing people and good work being done in Greater Cleveland? When we come together to share our experiences, connections are made that enhance our neighborhoods and our lives.

This year, Common Ground is asking Greater Cleveland to say, “Count me in!”

Host Registration for Common Ground 2020 is now open!

REGISTER TO BE A #CG2020 HOST

Common Ground 2020 Host Guide