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Organization: Helping with Furniture

Commitment: Ongoing (more than a year)

Availability: Flexible

Language Preference: bilingualism an asset

Number of Positions Available: 3

Location: Ottawa - East

Deadline: Jan 20, 2020


Volunteer tasks:
• Sort through received donations;
• Place what is useful for families in designatedstorage area(s);
• Set aside items suitable for other HWF areas, for resale or for disposal;
• Test battery operated and electric items to ensure they work
• light cleaning of items if soiled;
• Keep storage area organized;
• Select and pack items for each family or individual receiving a delivery, using a list of needs as provided by the Visitors Team and;
• Label packed boxes or bags with the name of the family clearly identified as per the list from the Visitors Team (often the first name).

Note: Not all tasks will be required for each shift. Sorting and packing are usually done on separate shifts. Sorting is done in the days after donations are received, and packing is then done in the days before deliveries are made.

Skills, experience and qualifications required:
• Physically able to lift boxes and heavy small items;
• Able to work independently or in small teams;
• Attention to detail;
• Exercise judgement considering the needs of different ages, and considering the suitability of donated items;
• Able to use and have access to a computer and;
• Able to co-ordinate and communicate with other HWF volunteers.

• Respect for all HWF procedures and safety measures;
• Completion of Waiver and Sign-Up sheet before first shift;
• Able to travel to and work at the HWF warehouse and;
• Meet weekly timelines.

Time Commitment
• One shift every 2 to 3 weeks for 2 to 4 hours (depending on the number of families and number of volunteers and;
• Training received in orientation and working paired with experienced volunteer.

Note: The time to complete the work is arranged within the team. No specific time is set to perform duties. However, items must be packed and ready for the Wednesday night deliveries.


Dawn Wood-Memic



Volunteer Opportunity Address
5350 Canotek Rd Unit 9, Gloucester


Good for people interested in: Emergency Services

You will be working with: Aboriginals (First Nation, Metis, Inuit); Visible Minorities or New Canadians; Disadvantaged; LGBTTQ; Men; People with disabilities or medical conditions; Youth (16-18 years); Youth (11-15 years); Children (0-10 years); Seniors; Women; Youth (19-24 years)

How will this volunteer opportunity benefit you?
Volunteers will gain a sense of accomplishment and joy in that they will be helping the families and individuals start over as well as achieving a needed community service.
(The Types of Volunteering section does not have an appropriate category for this volunteer position. This position will require the volunteer to work alone or in a pair.)

How will the organization benefit?
HWF has no paid staff and functions solely with the help of volunteers. The organisation will benefit from the addition of a new team member to help sort and pack items, which is done each week, in preparation for delivery to families and individuals in need.

Organization category: Social services

Volunteer Considerations

Time it will take to contact applicants - 1-6 days

This position would be great for - New Canadians; Seniors; Youth 16-24

Public transportation available: Yes