Allegro Foundation... a Champion for Children with Disabilities is a nonprofit 501(c) 3 organization that combines movement instruction with medical and educational expertise, creating new techniques to teach children with disabilities and enhance their quality of life. Allegro teaches more than 700 children with intellectual disabilities, Down syndrome, orthopedic challenges (wheelchairs and walkers), Spina bifida, cerebral palsy, learning disabilities, muscular dystrophy, visual and hearing impairments, children "at-risk", and children with cancer in FREE classes every week!
The teaching assistant will be working one on one with a child with a disability or a child "at risk". Classes are held once a week throughout Charlotte and are thirty minutes long. A volunteer will assist a child with a disability by steadying them if they appear to be unstable, demonstrating techniques they are not familiar with, and most importantly, being a friend.
Would you recommend Allegro Foundation...A Champion for Children with Disabilities?
by Candice B. from Sullivan's Island, SC(May 26, 2011)
My name is Candice and I volunteer at one of Allegro Foundation's community outreach classes. I have been volunteering with Allegro for over two years now. When I found Allegro I had been searching for an opportunity to volunteer with exceptional children. I really enjoyed my first experience volunteering with Allegro and I began attending classes as often as I could. The people and children at Allegro are all so wonderful to work with and have made it such a positive and rewarding experience for me. Volunteering with Allegro helped me realize how much I enjoy working with exceptional children and that I want very much to do it full-time. My experience with Allegro encouraged me to go back to school to become a special education teacher. I am so glad that I found the Allegro Foundation!
My wife and I wanted to give something back to our local community. Through our research we found the Allegro Foundation.
Their mission statement states among other things that the foundation provide movement instruction & education. Yet they do so much more.
I have only recently joined the Allegro Foundation yet the reward to work with these children has been priceless. The time spent with these children allows them to know that no one is better then them and we are all equals with our own unique gifts and characteristics.
I can honestly say that I don't know who benefits more by working together, the children or myself.
In the short time I have spent with the organizers and other volunteers I have seen a true selflessness about this foundation. The true focus is on these wonderful children.
I hope to work for the Allegro Foundation for years to come.