Description & Details
Shelter Movers is a volunteer-based organization that provides moving and storage services at no cost to women and children experiencing domestic abuse.
Movers are key to our organization's work in helping victims of domestic violence. Movers make up the bulk of our volunteers, so you'll be in good company!
A Move Volunteer participates in each of the three types of moves : Urgent Exit, Escorted Move, and Resettlement Move. In a group of 2-6 movers, movers help pack and move a Client’s belongings.
Movers who have a valid driver’s license may also be asked to drive the moving vehicles.
This is a great opportunity for someone who wants to make a big impact in a small amount of time. Each move is an average of 4 hours, and you can sign up for as many moves as you would like.
However, we encourage a minimum of 2 moves per month.
Meet other movers at arranged time and place
Move Client’s belongings in and out of vehicles
Provide trauma informed care and respect for Client confidentiality
Continuously conduct risk assessments throughout a move
Maintain communication with all movers during move
Transport client's personal belongings to pre-determined location (Client's children may accompany some of the moves)
Liaise with volunteer team, private security, law enforcement
Must be able to lift a minimum of 20lbs to qualify
Time Requirements : flexible scheduling, approx. 4-8 hours per month.
Knowledge & Skills
Able to lift moderately heavy boxes / furniture
Friendly and sociable
Good judgement skills
Able to cope with potentially stressful situations
Able to maintain confidentiality and provide trauma informed care to clients
Strong communication skills
Flexible and able to adapt to change
Ability to speak additional languages is an asset!
Qualifications & Requirements
Volunteers must be 18 years of age or older
No previous experience or education is required
All volunteers must attend Volunteer Orientation in order to complete moves
Volunteers are required to review move procedures which will be provided at Volunteer Orientation
All volunteers must obtain police background check
All volunteers will coordinate regular check ins with SMGT staff to support learning and performance management
Driver's licence and ability to drive rental vehicle are an asset
Move Volunteers will be provided with training in trauma informed care.