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3155 - Volunteer Mover
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TRAINING is 'virtual', with volunteers involved in physical moves at various locations in Peel
Mississauga, Brampton, Caledon


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.Currently, in the Toronto and York Region, we are moving an average of 30 families a month. We are looking for compassionate people to join our dynamic, dedicated volunteer team in Peel region (Mississauga/Brampton/Caledon)!This is a great opportunity for someone who wants to make a big impact in a small amount of time. Each move ranges from 3-5 hours. With our flexible volunteering model, you can sign up to volunteer on moves as per your availability.


Movers (and drivers) are core to the organization by assisting on each move. In a group of 2-7 movers, volunteers will load/unload the client’s belongings into a vehicle and transport the client to the predetermined location. Vehicles are provided for the move, and movers who have a valid driver’s license are welcome to register as drivers.

Responsibilities include:

  • Meet other movers at the arranged time and place
  • Work under the direction of a volunteer Lead Mover and Move Coordinator, and maintain communication with the Lead Mover and all other movers during move
  • Move client’s belongings in and out of vehicles, and transport client's personal belongings to a predetermined location (client's children may accompany some of the moves) - vehicles are provided
  • Liaise with the volunteer team, private security, and/or law enforcement
  • Continuously conduct risk assessments throughout the move
  • Maintain client confidentiality and provide trauma-informed care to all clients
  • Adhere to Shelter Movers’ protocols and procedures
  • Work with private security and law enforcement (led by Lead Mover) when necessary

PLEASE NOTE: COVID-19 HEALTH & SAFETY protocols will be in place and strictly observed at all times, in order to protect our clients and volunteers (see QUALIFICATIONS, below)

PLEASE APPLY ASAP to join our Peel Region TEAM! Volunteers with profiles within Volunteer MBC's Referral System can click the yellow box 'Apply Now!' (above) to send their name/contact information directly to Shelter Movers


As a Mover volunteering for Shelter Movers, you will:

  •     Make a positive impact helping women and families transition away from violence and abuse
  •     Gain hands-on experience on the front lines of our organization, providing moving and storage services for our clients
  •     Receive training in preparation for your role, PLUS you will have access to ongoing training opportunities
  •     Work with a great team of passionate volunteers and supporters
  •     After 3 months of satisfactory service, be entitled to a confirmation of volunteering hours


  • Passion for Shelter Movers’ mission of supporting women and children fleeing violence and abuse
  • You are aware of, and you support at least in principle, the Violence Against Women (VAW) movement
  • Able to lift moderately heavy boxes/furniture (min. 20lbs/10kgs)
  • No previous moving experience is required
  • Tact, discretion, high maturity level, and good judgment
  • Demonstrable ability to maintain confidentiality, provide trauma-informed care to clients, and remain calm during potentially stressful situations
  • Awareness of appropriate boundaries, compassion fatigue, and self-care are assets for this 'role'
  • Experience working with individuals from diverse backgrounds is an asset
  • Good communications in English
  • Police Check required
  • Volunteers need to be double-vaccinated

SCREENING for this role will be virtual/remote (tel/email/online interview(s) via ZOOM). After you have applied, as a precaution, please monitor your 'Junk/Spam' email folders and leave space on your voicemail for communications from Shelter Movers. Thank you.


Min Age: 18   
Police Check: Required   
Resume:Not required   
Driver's Licence: Not required   
Proof of Vaccination: Not required

Time Commitment
This is a Short Term (3 months or less) commitment starting 2022-06-06
Shifts are available Anytime

FLEXIBLE (subject to MINIMUM EXPECTATIONS): Scheduling is on a per-move basis, with each move taking about 3 to 4 hours.
Our Movers are encouraged to be part of a minimum of 1- 2 moves per month (totaling 4 - 8 hours), more if you wish.


We provide a MANDATORY 2 hour Trauma-Informed Care Orientation designed to train our volunteers for the role. Topics include: Appropriate Boundaries, Violence Against Women, Gender-Based Violence, Trauma-Informed Care, Barriers to Leaving an Abusive Relationship, Anti-Oppressive Practice, and more.

During COVID, our training sessions are held virtually (online via ZOOM)

More Details
Areas of Interest: Crisis, Distress & Emergency Response, Counselling & Mental Health, Healthcare, Settlement & Integration, Shelters, Transportation
Accessibility: Unknown, Not Accessible
Ideal for: Individuals, Newcomers

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