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Nonprofit Overview

Mission: One Common Unity (OCU) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that creates and nurtures sustainable, caring communities through innovative peace education services, arts initiatives, and media programming.

Results: In the organization’s first ten years, OCU projects and programs have: 1) Provided nonviolence workshops and seminars in four District of Columbia high schools, three junior high schools and three elementary schools. 2) Provided music literacy, nonviolence and leadership development in the summer months to over 200 youth ages 14 - 18 living in D.C. through our “RYS Above the Violence” summer youth initiative. 3) Provided self-awareness and empowerment programs for over 100 young women from Washington Metro Area high schools. 4) Enriched the D.C. community through numerous cultural events and celebrations. 5) Administered the youth filmmaking program “A Nu View” for two consecutive summers, teaching 22 local high school students the principles of conflict resolution through the production of a documentary film. 6) Hosted Rejuvenation Retreats for the past 3 summers which helped individuals develop the skills for self-growth.

Target demographics: At-risk youth and adult citizens of the inner-city

Programs: Peace Education, Retreats, Community Cultural/Art Events

Community Stories

23 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have done work with OCU for over a year and a half, getting to personally see plenty of the positive impact this organization has been able to have. I've been to their Fly By Light after-school programs at multiple different school sites and also been along to many of the different events held during that time, witnessing in every instance just how necessary the work this organization does is not just for helping the youth of the present, but for the future of the communities here and across the nation. The world could use more positive organizations working to bring everyone together to build a better future; this one is an excellent example of an organization on the rise looking to do just that.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started interning for One Common Unity about 3 weeks ago and I already feel right at home. Everyone is treated like family here, and the staff constantly checks in to make sure you feel included and comfortable with the work you are doing. OCU does incredible work that truly inspires our communities on a spiritual and intellectual level, and I could not be more thankful that I get to be apart of such an amazing organization.

Emily133

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I first learned about OCU about three years ago at a Fly By Light screening. I was incredibly inspired by the amazing work that this organization does. I am happy to say that I am now interning with OCU and could not have asked for a better experience so far. The staff here is so passionate about OCU's mission and works tirelessly to accomplish amazing things. Every day at OCU is inciting and I look forward to spending more time here.

Adriyanna A.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started working at OCU about 2 weeks ago and when I say this place is amazing I mean AMAZING! I have never enjoyed going to work everyday and as an undergrad student to find something so fulfilling and satisfying is a challenge! OCU has really taught me the true meaning of "truth and service". I am so astound and proud of this organization that I even go home working on projects. I admire the REAL work they're doing for our communities and I am so proud to be apart of the process. OCU is changing lives out here!

Donor

Rating: 5

I am so inspired by the work of One Common Unity. There is such a critical need for non-violence work, especially among youth, and this program brings dynamic programming to build a future team of peacemakers in local communities and beyond. I'm incredibly happy to know this work is happening and even more so to support it myself.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

While I've only been involved with OCU for a few weeks, I've been blown away by the organization, its team, and the students involved. OCU is doing work that is good for individuals and good for the world, and is engaged in a myriad of initiatives and programs to be that change. My greatest admiration for OCU comes from its commitment not to itself as an organization, but to its principles- spreading the work and practices of non-violence, pushing emotional and social healing to the forefront of youth development, and empowering others to shine their light. We have an amazing team that is made up of kind and caring folks who are both committed to one another and committed to doing amazing work. OCU is doing big things and will only be growing and shining brighter.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been involved with OCU for the past half-year and have been truly inspired, both spiritually and intellectually, by the work they have been doing with youth. The power of social-emotional and creativity to inspire change is exponential and I can't recommend OCU enough!

Lynne B.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been blessed to experience two Rejuvenation Retreats w/OCU: these events are very profound for all who participate. The gifted organizers validate every individual person's experience and the One Common Unity that exists upon parting time is very powerful.
The meaningful events and fundraisers throughout the year are exciting and renew one's hope in our stress-filled world. I simply can not thank Hawah and the others for all they do and for sharing their gifts and talents so generously. God Bless, Lynne (Delaware)

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have learned about OCU in 2007. A friend invited me to attend an amazing event where OCU team was performing. I was moved by their art, music, genuine love for diversity and for children, and especially, by their positive energy. HawaH is a true candle in the world, bringing LIGHT where there is still darkness. His presence is a blessing, he is tuned into the Universal Consciousness; his teamwork at OCU is a divine gift to our society, a clear pathway toward a world of peace and oneness. OCU MUST GO ON!!!
The world is grateful to you, OCU!

Mary L

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I've worked for peace in one way or another for all of my 66 years, and I admire OCU for combining all the elements I have seen to be most effective. Peace education will be as essential to our One Common future as the 3Rs. Hawah and his friends deliver it through the arts, those universal languages, and through other whole-body experiences like yoga and drumming. They inspire young people, and people of all ages, by radiating peace and joy. I'm delighted to see this excellent organization gain the recognition it deserves.