As a psychology student at Simon Fraser University, the COVID-19 pandemic freed up a lot of time for Osmond Chong. Because of this, Osmond started looking for volunteer opportunities, which is when he found Shelter Movers. He has only been a volunteer mover for two to three months, but has already made a lasting impression with the Vancouver chapter.
He also credits wanting to support survivors of gender-based violence as a reason for volunteering, as he hopes to one day become a police officer. “I came into this wanting to gain as much experience as I can.”
In Osmond’s short time with Shelter Movers, he has already seen the positive impact the organization’s free moving and storage services have on people who have experienced abuse. “At the end of the move, you always get to see just how appreciative the clients are. They have a big smile on their face and say thank you, but I always find myself saying ‘no, thank you.’” Osmond believes the opportunity to do good and help others is beneficial not only for clients but for volunteers as well.
A quality he admires about himself is his ability to be open and friendly towards others. “When you’re open and friendly, it’s super easy to talk to people and have them be open towards you as well. Being approachable really helped me growing up when I had to move schools and make new friends.” His friends describe him as a calm person, as he doesn’t like conflict. At home, however, he enjoys being silly and having fun with family and close friends.
His advice to future movers? Make sure you’re both mentally and physically prepared, as moves can be quite tiring. “If you’ve ever moved or helped someone move before, you know everything that goes into moving. But at the end of the day, it’s for a good cause and that’s what makes it all worthwhile.”
Interested in volunteering with Shelter Movers? Join our group of amazing volunteers and help make a difference in the lives of those affected by gender-based violence. Visit our volunteer page to see available opportunities.