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.
Shelter Movers Montreal Region has been operational since September 2020. We are growing and looking to add caring and compassionate people to our volunteer team.
Shelter Movers continues to operate and provide our unique moving and storage services, notwithstanding the COVID-19 pandemic. We have implemented stringent safety measures to protect our volunteers, staff, partners, and clients. While we all do our part to slow the spread of COVID-19 and stay home, we must remember that home isn’t a safe place for many. Those experiencing abuse may have to spend more time in isolation with their abuser. Job loss and financial insecurity have also become more prevalent during the pandemic, statistically leading to an increase in gender-based violence. Shelter Movers has experienced a 30% increase in the demands for our services since the beginning of the pandemic.
A Move Coordinator is an integral part of the move team, providing coordination of the move beforehand and on-call support on the day of a move. The Move Coordinator ensures all moves go smoothly, that volunteer movers and drivers are recruited, and tackles any unforeseen challenges.
Collect all relevant information from Referring Agency
Collect all relevant information from Client
Provide all move details to relevant volunteers with a strict observance of confidentiality procedure
Use database to find appropriate volunteer movers (based on location, ability to drive etc.) and email them for support
Coordinate the date and time of the move and ensure all relevant parties are available and informed
Reserve move vehicles and ensure all drivers have necessary information to pick up vehicles
Maintain ongoing connection to Client and/or Referring Agency to respond to any changes needed.
Be available during a move at any time to support Lead Mover if there are any complications during a move
Electronically file Volunteer and Client Waivers after the move
Report back to Exec Director with full details of move
Keen attention to detail with strong organizational skills
Enjoys problem solving
Friendly and sociable
Excellent judgement skills
Ability to cope with potentially stressful situations
Strong communication skills
Access to email and phone
Ability to be flexible and adaptable to changes
Additional languages spoken is an asset
Able to maintain confidentiality and provide trauma informed care to clients
Shelter Movers volunteers must be at least 18 years of age, complete an interview process, and attend an orientation, in addition to signing a confidentiality agreement and obtaining a criminal record check.
If interested, please send a brief description outlining your interest as well as your resume to firstname.lastname@example.org