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Who is GCC?

Greater Cleveland Congregations (GCC) is a non-partisan collective of faith communities and partner organizations in Cuyahoga. County working together to build power for social justice.

As a catalyst for systemic change, GCC challenges Greater Clevelanders to imagine the change we can accomplish, connect individuals and organizations to multiply our power, and mobilize our members by the thousands to make our voices heard and build a greater Cleveland for all of its residents.

GCC Unites

GCC unites people across lines of race, class, religion, and geography to promote public, private and civic sector actions to strengthen and improve the quality of life of our neighborhoods. GCC is part of the Industrial Areas Foundation, the nation’s first and largest network of multi-faith organizations, and we draw on its seven decades of experience winning tough battles across the nation. Drawing on the proven power of person-to-person organizing, GCC builds the power necessary to create a greater Cleveland.

What have we accomplished lately?

Criminal Justice 

In February 2020, GCC held an Action attended by 1,038 of our supporters where key public officials pledged their support for the creation of pre-booking Crisis Diversion Centers offsite of the jail in Cuyahoga County.

Gun Violence

In February 2020, GCC held an Action attended by 1,038 of our supporters where key public officials pledged their support for the creation of pre-booking Crisis Diversion Centers offsite of the jail in Cuyahoga County.

Leadership

GCC’s new Lead Organizer, Keisha Krumm, has leveraged her deep organizing experience with creative and energized leadership to organize our members and communities in a challenging environment.

Education

We have strengthened our relationship to teachers, students and parents from our partner Cleveland Metropolitan School District (CSMD) schools as they cope with their new and challenging learning environment.

Covid-19

We’re contacting our members through virtual house meetings, hearing about frontline healthcare workers and others who are feeling lonely or isolated, discussing how GCC might take action with them.

What’s Next

Digital Expansion

Expanding our digital capacity to organize during a time of social distancing and disruption of traditional ways of building relationships — the lifeblood of organizing

Crisis Diversion Centers

Continuing our work unabated to make pre-booking Crisis Diversion Centers a reality in Cuyahoga County.

Cost Negotiation

Seeking to aggregate the spending power of our financially pressed member institutions to negotiate better prices on electricity and gas so they can apply those savings to their core mission.

Deep Listening

Conducting a deep listening campaign in several CMSD schools, listening to teachers, students and families during a time of disruption and uncertainty, looking at how we can organize together to create change in this moment.