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Movers or Drivers

Shelter Movers

   About the Position

Impact Statement
Shelter Movers provides moving and storage services at no cost to women and children fleeing abuse. We are the only service of this kind in Canada, and our volunteers are no less exceptional. Every year, in collaboration with community partners, our volunteer teams contribute over 15,000 hours to support people transitioning to lives free of violence and abuse.

We continue to operate during the COVID-19 pandemic. We have implemented stringent safety measures to protect our volunteers, staff, partners, and clients. While we all do our part to slow the spread of COVID-19, we must remember that home isn’t a safe place for all. Shelter Movers has experienced a 30% increase in demand for our services since the beginning of the pandemic.

Movers are key to our organization's work in helping survivors of gender based violence. Movers make up the bulk of our volunteers, so you'll be in good company!

In a group of 2-6 volunteers, Movers help pack and move a Client’s belongings. Movers who have a valid driver’s license can additionally volunteer to drive the rented moving vehicles. This is a great opportunity for someone who wants to make a big impact in a small amount of time. Each move is an average of ~4 hours, and you can sign up for moves as your schedule allows.

Working as part of a team, you will:
-Assist clients in transitioning to their new life by helping move and store the client’s belongings
-Maintain communication with your team members
-Respect client confidentiality
-Work with law enforcement when necessary
-Uphold Shelter Movers’ protocols and procedures to ensure the health and safety of volunteers and clients

Position Qualifications

Ideal for: An Individual
Age: 18+

Area(s) of Interest: Driver/Transportation, Health Care / Wellness, Housing

Skill(s): Collaboration, Problem Solving, Accountability, Empathy, Respect

Training / Work Condtions

Training Details: Shelter Movers volunteers must be at least 18 years of age, complete our onboarding process, and attend a Trauma-Informed Care Orientation session. Please see the attached documents for an overview of the process.
Working Conditions: Lifting a minimum of 20 lbs. For drivers, rental vehicles are provided, so there is no need to own your own vehicle.

There is no minimum number of moves per week that movers or drivers are required to perform. Scheduling is flexible, with volunteers signing up for moves whenever they are available. Moves take place at different times based on our client's needs. They can be on weekdays, evenings, and weekends, so there are opportunities to be involved no matter your schedule!

Strict Covid-19 protocols are in place (e.g., use of PPE, screening, etc) to ensure the safety of all involved.
Transportation: NONE Needed

Time Commitment

Duration: 4 - 6 months
Flexible scheduling. Moves take place throughout Southwestern Ontario.

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Kitchener,Township of Wilmot,Township of Woolwich,Township of Wellesley,Waterloo,Cambridge,Township of North Dumfries,Outside Waterloo Region
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1454 King Street East, Unit 3
Kitchener ON N2G 2N7

Phone: 519 742 8610

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