Volunteer Mover for Rural/Eastern Ontario Region - Lanark County and Surrounding Area
Volunteer Types: Emergency Services, Human rights, Others, Transportation of goods, Transportation of people
Organization types: Children, Youth and Family, Community and Social Services, Human Rights and Civil Liberties, LGBTQIA2+, Public/Society Benefit, Special Interests, Women
Long term (6 months to a year)
Application Deadline: July 31, 2024
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Access to moving and storage services are a significant barrier to fleeing abuse. In remote/rural areas this barrier is further reinforced due to lack of resources that are readily available. SMO has expanded into Lanark County and surrounding areas. We are actively recruiting volunteers who live in or near these rural areas, specifically in Lanark County and Kemptville. Movers are an integral part of why we are able to support our clients in overcoming these barriers. Our selfless volunteer movers 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 and Drivers) at an arranged time and place
-Maintain communication with Lead Mover and Movers
-Uphold Shelter Movers’ protocols and procedure sand respect client confidentiality
-Complete typical move day tasks such as packing boxes, loading our moving trucks/vehicles, and unloading trucks/vehicles with team
-Be aware of trauma-informed care when interacting with clients (training will be provided)
-Work with private security and law enforcement 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
Flexible commitment, volunteer movers can sign up for moves based on their own availability as their schedules permits. Most moves average around 4 hours, depending on distance and complexity duration may vary. A minimum of 1-2 moves a month is encouraged.

– Must be 18 years old or older
– Complete a brief phone interview
-Must be living in Canada for 6 months or more to be able to complete a Canadian police record check
-Attend Trauma-Informed Orientation, sign Volunteer Code of Conduct and Confidentiality Agreement
– No previous experience or education is required but must have ability to remain calm in potentially stressful situations situation
– Maturity, good judgment, ability to adapt to changes while working as a team
– Have reliable access to e-mail and phone
– Required to maintain confidentiality and attend ongoing training sessions as needed

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

How will this opportunity benefit the volunteer?
Volunteers will gain hands-on experience on the front lines of our organization, providing moving and storage services for our clients in rural communities. You’ll receive trauma-informed training in preparation for your role, and have access to ongoing training opportunities(i.e mover/driver training sessions facilitated by professionals). You’ll work with a great team of passionate volunteers and supporters. Movers who complete 3 moves within the previous 3 months can receive a confirmation of volunteering.
How will the organization benefit?
Shelter Movers Ottawa is a volunteer powered organization founded in response to Gender Based Violence in our communities. We are able to provide a much needed service because of our compassionate and selfless volunteers. Expanding our team of Volunteer Movers allows us to complete a greater number of moves. Increase in the number of volunteers translates into us being able to help even more families and individuals as they transition to a new beginning and a safe home. Come join our fantastic team!


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This position would be great for: Adults, Groups, Newcomers to Canada, Young Adults (19-24)
Number of Positions Available: 10
Good for people interested in: Emergency Services, Human rights, Others, Transportation of goods, Transportation of people
You will be helping with: Children (0-10 years), 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)

Volunteer Considerations

  • Police record check required
  • Suitable for community service hours
  • Public transportation available
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