Correctional workers across northwestern Ontario are kicking off this weekend a week-long charity drive.

It is called Corrections Cares.

Workers at facilities in Thunder Bay, Kenora and Fort Frances are holding local fundraisers.

“By holding Corrections Cares events every year, we help out local charities and strengthen ties with our neighbours. We are grateful for the opportunity to connect with our communities in this way,” says Chad Oldfield, Chair of the OPSEU/SEFPO Correctional Bargaining Unit.

Correctional officers at the Thunder Bay Correctional Centre and Thunder Bay Jail will be at Pet Valu stores raising money for local pet rescue organizations.

That will take place Sunday, February 26, from 12 noon to 4 p.m.

Thunder Dog Rescue, Thunder Bird Rescue and Murillo Mutts Rescue will be the beneficiaries.

Staff at the Fort Frances jail will hold a food drive all next week at the jail and probation and parole office for the Rainy River District Victim Services Program.

Kenora Jail staff will be fundraising at the jail for ‘Boots on the Ground,’ a peer support program.

A presentation on their efforts and the program will take place at the Kenora City Fire Hall on March 8 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.