Leah Gagliano and the employees at on the move are truly devoted to their clients and show genuine passion for community inclusion.
I have volunteered several times in the last year to help individual adults to learn to read. The staff is positive and welcoming to both the learners and tutors. I like that this is a local community based group and that they are flexible and encouraging, no matter what the experience level of the volunteer.
I also appreciate the time frames for classes, they are usually 6 weeks per class. This allows for me as a volunteer to make a commitment without having to tie down a long stretch of time. The leaders of this group are warm and accepting and work hard to make sure everyone is included and heard.
I would encourage anyone who is looking for a volunteer opportunity to give them a try, it is easy and rewarding.
What a special place On the Move Community Integration is. As a reading volunteer, I got to witness a passionate, joyful, wildly capable and patient team give their best week in and week out to their participants. They are constantly working to figure out new ways their group can get involved in meaningful activities and experiences all over the Portland. The heart of the staff - from the Executive Director, Leah, to the other volunteers and ultimately seeping into the hearts of the participants - is SERVICE. I would love to see this place grow into a new space, new programs, and more involvement in Portland and beyond because I have experienced first hand the true value this organization offers - to it's participants AND to the community. SO GREAT.
A friend of mine asked me to volunteer to paint faces during a Family and Friends gathering last weekend. I love my friend and I love to paint faces so off we went. We were also joined by another friend. After the event the three of us had several conversations about how wonderful this group is. The energy and atmosphere was positive from start to finish. We all had a wonderful time and felt blessed having spent time with this group.
However, what really impressed us was the interaction between the staff and participants. There were no visible lines drawn. Everyone was treated as an equal with respect and dignity. All three of us came away feeling the same way about this group.
This organization is a model for how all human beings need to behave with one another.
I would love to work with On-The-Move Community Integration again.
My daughter Nicole was one of the first On the move clients. She had so much fun hiking and doing all kinds of educational activities.
I also volunteered several times as a tutor for the reading program. The students are so delightful and eager to learn.
It is one of the few programs where the disabled are out in the community everyday.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!