Volunteer Driver
Volunteer Types: Emergency Services, Others, Transportation of goods, Transportation of people
Organization types: Children, Youth and Family, Community and Social Services, Human Rights and Civil Liberties, Women
Long term (6 months to a year)
Application Deadline: November 30, 2023
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Access to moving and storage services are a significant barrier to fleeing abuse. Drivers are an integral part of why we are able to support our clients in overcoming these barriers. Our selfless driver volunteers are the ‘helping hands’ and ’boots on the ground’ devoting time and energy to help those who’ve found the courage to leave. We’d love to have you on our team!

-Meet the volunteer team (including other Movers) at an arranged time and place
-Transport belongings to a predetermined location
-Maintain communication with Lead Mover and Movers
-Respect client confidentiality
-Uphold Shelter Movers’ protocols and procedures
-Be aware of trauma-informed care when interacting with clients (training will be provided)
-Work with private security and law enforcement (led by Lead Mover) when necessary children may accompany clients on a move, but volunteers do not provide child care and have limited interaction with children. Child care and supervision is provided by clients or our agency partners.

Time Commitment
We offer flexible scheduling. Drivers can join us on moves based on their own availability by signing up for moves, as their schedules permit. Most moves average around 4 hours, depending on distance and complexity. A minimum of 2 moves a month is encouraged.

– No previous experience or education is required
– Access to e-mail and phone
– Must be 18 years old or older
– Maturity and good judgement
– Ability to remain calm in potentially stressful situations, to be flexible, adapt to changes while working as team 
– Movers are expected to maintain confidentiality and provide trauma-informed care to clients (training is provided), and have regular check-ins with staff to support continuous improvement.
– Complete a brief interview 
– Attend one of our Orientation Sessions and sign a confidentiality agreement
– Provide a recent police record check (not valid for dates > 1yr). 

Please note, the main distinction between a mover and a driver is that drivers will be responsible for the actual transportation of our client’s furniture and belongings and movers. However, drivers are also expected to participate in packing boxes, loading our moving trucks/vehicles, and unloading trucks/vehicles.

How to apply:
To express your interest in this role, please email [email protected], and quote “driver” in the subject line. We will provide you with instructions for next steps!

How will this opportunity benefit the volunteer?
You’ll gain hands-on experience on the front lines of our organization, providing moving and storage services for our clients. In doing so you will see first hand how your time and effort is a priceless gift to those accessing our services. You’ll receive training in preparation for your role, and receive ongoing support for this role. In addition you will have access to ongoing training opportunities for various roles within the organization we firmly believe in individual and organizational growth. You’ll work with an enthusiastic team of compassionate volunteers and supporters. We also provide confirmation of volunteering /reference letters for volunteers who have completed atleast 3 moves in 3 months.
How will the organization benefit?
Shelter Movers is a volunteer powered organization founded in response to Gender Based Violence in our communities. We are able to provide a much needed services because of our passionate volunteers. Expanding our team of Mover Volunteers allows us to complete a greater number of moves. Come join our fantastic team!
Volunteer location:
Various Locations in Ottawa as well as Eastern Ottawa (Lanark County)


Shelter Movers Ottawa
@Shelter Movers
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This position would be great for: Adults, Families, Newcomers to Canada, Young Adults (19-24)
Number of Positions Available: 100
Good for people interested in: Emergency Services, Others, Transportation of goods, Transportation of people
You will be helping with: Disadvantaged, First Nations, Métis, Inuit, Indigenous persons, Homeless, LGBTQI2+, Men, Persons new to Canada, Persons with disabilities or medical conditions, Seniors, Visible minorities or racialized persons, Women, Youth (11-15 years), Youth (16-18 years), Youth (19-24 years)

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  • Police record check required
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