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3154 - Volunteer Drivers (vehicles are provided)
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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 individuals and families 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 Peel, Toronto and York Regions, we are moving an average of 40 families a month, and we are looking for compassionate people to join our dynamic, dedicated volunteer team. 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 providing trauma-informed care and assisting on each move. In a group of 2-7 movers and drivers, 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 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


  • 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
  • After 6 months, a reference letter can be provided


  • Passion for Shelter Movers’ mission of supporting women and children fleeing violence and abuse
  • Tact, discretion, high maturity level and good judgement
  • Demonstrate 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
  • Experience working with individuals from diverse backgrounds
  • Able to lift moderately heavy boxes/furniture (20lbs/10kgs)
  • Drivers must be at least 21 years of age
  • A class G2 or ‘full’ G Ontario Driver’s licence (experience driving vans/small trucks is an asset)
  • No previous moving experience is required
  • A long-term interest in the Violence Against Women (VAW) sector is an asset
  • Solid oral ENGLISH (fluency in another language(s) is most welcome and useful for this 'role')


Min Age: 21   
Police Check: Required   
Resume:Not required   
Driver's Licence: Required   
Proof of Vaccination: Not required

Time Commitment
This is a Medium Term (4 - 6 months) commitment
Shifts are available Anytime

Flexible Scheduling: Scheduling is on a 'per-move' basis, with each move taking about 3 to 4 hours. Our Movers/Drivers are encouraged to be involved in two moves per month


We provide a 2 hour Trauma-Informed Care Orientation designed to train our volunteers for the role. Various other training opportunities may be offered after onboarding.

More Details
Areas of Interest: Crisis, Distress & Emergency Response, Customer Service, Counselling & Mental Health, Healthcare, Settlement & Integration, Parent & Child Support, Senior Support, Shelters, Transportation, Newcomer Support
Accessibility: Unknown, Not Accessible
Ideal for: Individuals, Co-op Placements, Newcomers, Older Adults

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