Driver (Toronto)
Volunteer Toronto
Toronto, Ontario, CA
5d ago

Description & Details

Shelter Movers provides moving and storage services at no cost to women and children fleeing abuse. We are the only organization of our 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.

About The Driver Role

Access to moving and storage services are a significant barrier to fleeing abuse. Movers and Drivers 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.

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


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

Move the client’s belongings in and out of vehicles

Drive rental vehicle and transport belongings to a predetermined location

Maintain communication with Lead Mover and other 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

Must be able to lift a minimum of 20 lbs.

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

We offer flexible scheduling. Drivers can join us on moves in two ways :

By signing up for one move at a time, as their schedules permit, and / or :

By committing to a regular weekly or monthly schedule

Most moves average around 4 hours, depending on distance and complexity. A minimum of 2 moves a month is encouraged.

Essential Skills & Knowledge

No previous experience or education is required

Access to e-mail and phone

Able to lift a minimum of 20 lbs

Able to lift moderately heavy boxes / furniture with a team of other movers

Drivers must be at least 21 years of age

A class G2 or full’ G driver’s licence

Ability to drive rental vehicles (medium to large cargo vans)

Ability to drive a 16" truck is an asset

Reliable work habits

Maturity and good judgement

Ability to remain calm in potentially stressful situations

Ability to be flexible and adapt to changes

Strong verbal communication skills

Fluency in a second language is an asset

Drivers 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.

As a Driver at Shelter Movers :

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 6 moves within the previous 3 months can receive a confirmation of volunteering

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