Volunteer Driver (Rural/Eastern Ontario)
Volunteer Types: Emergency Services, Human rights, 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: November 30, 2023
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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 in urban areas. According to Statistics Canada, the rate of family violence is 2x higher in rural vs urban areas. As of October 2022 we have expanded into the rural areas surrounding Ottawa, and we are actively recruiting volunteers who live in the rural areas on the outskirts of Ottawa, specifically in Lanark County and Kemptville. If you live in any of these areas, this might be the opportunity for you! Drivers are an integral part of why we are able to support our clients in overcoming these barriers. Our selfless volunteer drivers 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.

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. 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 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. Drivers 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.
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 Volunteer Drivers 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 as they transition to a new, safe and secure home. Come join our fantastic team!


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

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