ON-THE-MOVE COMMUNITY INTEGRATION

Rating: 4.97 stars   30 reviews

Issues: Disabilities, Human Services

Location: 4187 SE Division St Portland OR 97202 USA

Mission: 1. To assist adults with developmental disabilities in accessing meaningful, healthful, and environmentally responsible activities in our community. 2. To enrich the social fabric of our community through fuller participation of individuals with differences. 3. To increase social appreciation for human differences through modeling the celebration of diversity.
Results: Only 5 years old, On-the-Move has grown from serving 7 individuals with disabilities to 55 participants with a waiting list. We started a free reading class in 2012 and have given 40 students with special needs the opportunity to work on independent living skills. We trained 30 community members in inclusion and disability issues. Our commitment to sustainability achieved the silver rating certification in Portland's sustainability at work program and we have been voted in Oregon's Top 100 Green businesses for two years. We are thankful of the community support that has allowed us so many accomplishments in such a short time!
Target demographics: Adults with intellectual disabilites/ developmental disabilities
Direct beneficiaries per year: 55 adults with special needs in our community inclusion program; 40 adults with special needs in our reading class; 10 adults with special needs in Socializing Colorfully; 30 nondisabled community members in disability awareness/ inclusive practice trainings
Geographic areas served: Portland, OR and surrounding areas
Programs: Community Inclusion activities for adults with special needs Free reading classes for adults with special needs Socializing Colorfully program for persons of color with special needs Trainings for community members, business, and organizations about disability issues and inclusive practices
2014 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

On the Move is simply an incredible organization. The staff and volunteers strive to enrich the lives of participants through community immersion activities; while also increasing community awareness around issues that impact people diagnosed with developmental disabilities. As a volunteer I am inspired consistently by On the Move. In a society that often responds with judgement and cruelty to those that are impacted by a developmental disability diagnosis, On the Move serves as a safe haven that not only acknowledges the value of each participant, but also fights for their right to be respected and treated with dignity in all areas of their lives.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

It has been an absolute pleasure working with On-The-Move and seeing the program grow and thrive. They have gone out of their way to provide us with updates on their programs and acknowledge our contribution to the project.

Was your donation impactful?

Definitely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Likely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

My experience with On-the-Move has been the most rewarding experience of my life. It is like a family to me. I consider On-the-Move a "home" for participants and myself, it is an environment that welcomes and embraces different cultures, humor, talents, interests, and abilities. I cannot speak more highly about the staff and volunteers at On-the-Move; they are compassionate, competent, supportive and extremely fun.

On-the-Move is an incredible program where adults with developmental disabilities have the space and support to participate in activities that enhance their lives and the community. The Director of On-the-Move, Molly Mayo, envisioned a program that went beyond typical services offered to adults with developmental disabilities. On-the-Move was an innovative idea and social movement agency that has set the standard for many other day programs that have followed suit. On-the-Move is a place where adults can go and spend time socializing, navigate the community and enjoy community activities while educating all parties involved.

Molly hired me as one of her first employees over six years ago, I then served on the board of directors, and now am an advisor to the organization. I feel privileged to continue working with On-the-Move.

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have lived in Portland over 10 years and I've never found an organization quite like On-the-Move Community Integration. It is a relief to finally find a place that has an outlook about integration of people with disabilities of any kind as a important part of our community with gifts to give and receive by taking part of everyday activities everywhere - no limitations. I grew up in Maine in a family with a brother with developmental disabilities who gave equally to my world as much or more than he received from it. I worked for years in agencies that provided housing and activity programs for folks like my brother. I was fortunate to work under directors with very progressive and inclusive visions. Then I moved to Portland, Oregon and I worked in the bike industry and I found myself surrounded by a strange cross-section of community that didn't feel complete for me though I loved the bike world. It didn't feel real to me. It didn't feel complete.

My world is not complete when I don't see people with disabilities daily - it starts to feel segregated and odd. When I finally connected with On-the-Move Community Integration to volunteer as a reading tutor, I was so relieved to finally get a sense of the community around me being a real and complete community. I notice this acutely because this is something I was aware of from my birth; however, I think about people who don't realize what is missing in their world. When we don't see people with Down's Syndrome, with mental retardation, with whatever disability, we don't realize that it makes our own world smaller and along with that, the possibilities less. I love to know that I might come across someone I know from On-the-Move volunteering anywhere - planting trees, making waffles, packing food boxes at the Food Bank. Or I might come across a group of folks on a hike, at the zoo, at a concert, or at a sporting event.
On-the-Move is aptly named as the idea is that integration is fluid and entails integrating - being a part of what is going on all around us. I know that I get ideas for activities that would be fun to do by seeing what On-the-Move is up to in Facebook photos, I think I may very well not be unique in that. On-the-Move is a trendsetting, forward-thinking organization and it's fortunate for Portland that we have this organization in our midst. I am grateful and appreciate being involved in this organization.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Likely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

On the Move is the best program my daughter has been involved in as an adult. No sitting around with On The Move.Participants are always going and doing out in the community. She loves it and so do I. I volunteered in the reading class and will again.It was great fun. The staff has also allowed me to use my limited sewing skills to assist the participants with projects a few times .Every person there is terrific. I don't know what we would do without On The Move.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

I started with On-the-Move a long time ago. I think that On-the-Move helped me a lot for the reading class. It taught us how to make friends. I have a lot of memories with On-the-Move. The staff are great. We come together as a family. I feel safe in the community because of On-the-Move. We had a great year!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I think it is important to keep On-the-Move open. I don't want the budget cuts to hurt us.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

This is my first experience with On The Move. I love how they are working on integrating adults with disabilities into the community. They are doing a wonderful job with limited resources. The clients and volunteers I have met have all been wonderful. The leadership of the organization seems to have a great rapport with the clients and has their best interests at heart. I look forward to working with this growing organization in the future.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have volunteered as a reading tutor at On-The-Move's free reading class for adults with developmental disabilities for two sessions, and I have a lot of respect and appreciation for the work that this non-profit does. Literacy is extremely valuable, and my experience as a tutor has given me a first hand example of how improved literacy can give individuals more confidence and independence, as well as improve self esteem. I hope that On-The-Move can continue the work they do for Portland's diverse community.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

This was my first time volunteering as a reading tutor at On the Move, and I must say the experience was an unforegettable one. It was not only a learning experience for the students in the class, but me as well. I got to know many of the students and volunteers even outside the one on one reading group I was in and the enviornment of this community is so warm and welcoming! I would reccomend this experience to students and volunteers alike!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Make the reading groups more often!:)

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have had the privilege to be a volunteer for a grant-funded reading program which On-the-Move started this past year. My hours spent with adults wanting to improve their reading skills have been fulfilling, enjoyable and worthwhile. The atmosphere at these sessions is caring, fun, relaxed and yet structured-a perfect blend for positive results. Thank you On-the-Move for providing this engaging opportunity for diverse members of the community.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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