Mission: Organic Oneness is a grassroots, social justice organization that co-creates with communities to mobilize systemic change, healing, and wellness, foregrounding Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC).
Location: Chicago, Minneapolis, Champaign-Urbana
In 2021, Organic Oneness served approximately 5,000 individuals in Chicago, Minneapolis and Urbana-Champaign.
Through the community building process of learning, planning, acting, and reflecting with like-minded individuals, community partners, and institutional representatives, they utilize the framework of consultation to find truth and solutions on how to build a more unified and just society. They co-create and convene annual anchor programs, such as the King Day of Service: Bronzeville, Be the Healing Conference, and the Chicago Race Riot of 1919 Commemoration Bike Ride. As a result of connections made through these anchor events, additional ripple events happen over the course of the year.
In Minneapolis, they have a food pantry and youth programming in the immediate vicinity of George Floyd Square to help repair, rebuild, and transform the area. At the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, they promote their mission and build capacity on campus through internships and a registered student organization.
Chinle Planting Hope
Mission: Working together to bring hope and empowerment to families and communities of the Navajo Nation.
Location: Navajo Nation, Chinle, Arizona.
The work of Chinle Planting Hope (CPH) is deeply committed to Lakota traditions, and they keep that close to the heart of their work. They are committed to practicing “asset-based community development and invest in projects that build up the physical, social, educational, and spiritual health of all community members.”
CPH provides a diverse range of resources to the community, from educational programs to clothing, food, etc. Their space also serves as a meeting place for community members to grow closer. They maintain a strong sense of community that radiates through the passionate work of their team of staff and volunteers, as well as the community they serve.
CPH has a holistic approach to addressing the health and prosperity of its community members (mind, body, and spirit). They seek not just to sustain their community but to make sure everyone thrives.
In just a few years of their community-building work, CPH has had a great and positive impact on the lives of their community members and continues to bring people together through their programming.
The work of CPH is deeply committed to Lakota tradition, and they keep that close to the heart of their work.
New Era Creative Space
The mission of New Era Creative Space is to inspire stronger communities through creative programs. They are committed to the fundamental values of oneness, equality, justice, and service to humanity, and believe that education is the key to tapping into the moral and intellectual potential of each individual.
Location: Peekskill, New York
In the first quarter of 2021, they were still meeting virtually in response to COVID-19 protocols. Though challenging, they managed to produce their first virtual theatrical production “Melanin Magic” that attracted over 200 viewers and received rave reviews from viewers and donors. In summer 2021, they did an in person production on Juneteenth at the Peeksill High School.
They brought virtual art and STEM programs to the Peekskill City School District and were invited to provide programs at The Children’s Village, an organization in Dobbs Ferry that works in partnership with families to help society’s most vulnerable children.
In the spring, with the COVID-19 landscape opening up, they were blessed and thankful to offer in-person classes again. By the end of the summer, they had served over 300 students. Their programs included art, drama, dance, nature programs and introduced documentary filmmaking. This momentum from the summer continued into the fall with NECS programs running in the Peekskill City School District, two local churches, and the Be First Boxing Gym.