Mover (Rural/Eastern Ontario)
Volunteer Types: Emergency Services, Transportation of goods, Transportation of people
Organization types: Community and Social Services, Human Rights and Civil Liberties, Women
Long term (6 months to a year)
Application Deadline: October 31, 2022
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Access to moving and storage services are a significant barrier to fleeing abuse. Movers use their time and energy to help our clients overcome these barriers. They are the ‘helping hands’ and ’boots on the ground’ that support our clients at a critical moment. This fall, we are expanding out into the rural areas surrounding Ottawa. In anticipation of our expansion, we’re now recruiting volunteers who live in the rural areas on the outskirts of Ottawa, specifically Lanark County and Kemptville. If you live in any of these areas, this might be the opportunity for you!

Meet the volunteer team (including other Movers) at an arranged time and place
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.

Shelter Movers’ volunteer move teams are a grassroots response to Violence Against Women in our communities. Join our team!

Time Commitment
We offer flexible scheduling. Movers 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
Ability to be flexible and adapt to changes
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.

How to apply:
To express your interest in this role, please email [email protected], and quote “mover” in the subject line. Please also include the region that you are located in.

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. You’ll receive training in preparation for your role, and have access to ongoing training opportunities. 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. Shelter Movers volunteers must complete an interview process, attend an orientation for new volunteers, in addition to signing a confidentiality agreement and obtaining a criminal record check.


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This position would be great for: Adults, Newcomers to Canada, Seniors (65+), Young Adults (19-24)
Number of Positions Available: 10
Good for people interested in: Emergency Services, 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
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