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The Women & Children’s Shelter of Barrie always needs committed, experienced and passionate volunteers to help in our shelter and outreach locations, the community, with events, or on our Board of Directors.


Please complete the volunteer application form as the first step in the volunteer application process.  For any questions, please contact Kaity at 705-728-6300 ext. 228 or at kaity@barrieshelter.com

Ways to Volunteer

Donation Management Volunteer

This role assists our Facility Assistant with the inventory and organization of donations to the shelter. It is a position that is available once a week and is often done in teams of two. The minimum time commitment for this role is once a month.

Property Maintenance Volunteer

This role is great for someone who is able to do general household repairs.

Events Volunteer

This role is a diverse and multifaceted and crucial to our organization. This could mean set up, take down, fundraising kiosks, or operating a game. You could be staffing an awareness booth, selling tickets, soliciting prizes or auction items, or using social media.

Administrative Volunteer

This role requires someone with office management and data entry experience. You will be a crucial member of the team by helping us organize and maintain our donor database.


Through participating in Charity Bingo shifts, the Women & Children’s Shelter of Barrie raises vital funds to support its operations. We are looking for reliable and energetic volunteers with good communication and interpersonal skills. This position is a great way to meet new people, while also giving back to your community. An honorarium is available for volunteers in this role.
Alternate Thursdays • 1:00-3:00pm • Must be 18 years of age or older • Commitment of minimum 6 months

Corporate Volunteerism

Looking for a way to boost staff morale, support the community to end domestic violence, and help your company become a better corporate citizen? We would love to work with you! Please contact madeleine@barrieshelter.com to find out how to get involved.

Book a Shelter Representative

Community & Public Education Presentations

Our staff are available for presentations to the community to raise awareness about gender-based violence and its devastating effects upon women and children. This service is offered to service clubs, community and social service agencies, businesses, college students and faculty, law enforcement, court personnel, and schools in the area.

Any group wishing to gain more information about the Women & Children’s Shelter of Barrie and the services that are can call 705-792-2188 or email katie@barrieshelter.com.

Raise Awareness

Community Events

The Women & Children’s Shelter relies on community events to raise vital funds that help the women and children staying with us. The average stay for a woman and her child is upwards of 12 weeks. A donation of $120 helps one woman or child for one week with us. Funds also support youth violence prevention programs that are helping to break the cycle of violence against women

Upcoming Events

November 25th Flag Raising

International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

Friday, November 25, 2022

Barrie City Hall Courtyard.

Join us as we raise our flag to commemorate the beginning of the 16 Days of Activism from November 25  -  December 10

November is Woman Abuse Awareness & Prevention Month in Ontario. The Ontario Women’s Directorate and the Women & Children’s Shelter of Barrie, is concerned with every Woman’s fundamental right to live in safety and security in her home and community – free from the threat of violence. 

💜 Wear your purple or purchase a purple scarf or tie to show support to those who have and continue to endure gender-based violence:  www.barrieshelter.com/shop 

December 6th
National Day of Remembrance &

Action on Violence Against Women

Date: Tuesday, December 6, 2022

Venue: Barrie City Hall Rotunda.
Opening Remarks & Presentation: 6:00-7:30 PM

Join us this December 6, the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence against Women in Canada. This date not only marks the commemoration of the anniversary of the murders in 1989 of 14 young women at l'École Polytechnique de Montréal but is also the first of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence. 

We hope you will join us in being a partner for change. 💜

Wear your purple or purchase a purple scarf or tie to show support to those who have and continue to endure gender-based violence. Purchase at the event or in advance: www.barrieshelter.com/shop 

Trauma Informed Training Level III

Tuesday, November15

9:30am - 12:00pm

Painswick Branch
Massie Room

This interactive training continues to build our community knowledge of being trauma informed.

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