Corrections Cares About Communities 2024: Events across Ontario

OPSEU/SEFPO correctional workers across Ontario will be organizing fundraising events for local charities during the 7th annual Corrections Cares About Communities Week, from February 22-29, 2024.

Every day at work, correctional workers keep their communities safe. By working with their neighbours to raise funds for local charities, they also help the people in their communities who need it the most.

Since 2018, OPSEU/SEFPO correctional workers have raised tens of thousands of dollars and thousands of pounds of food donations for local charities across the province through their annual Corrections Cares About Communities events.

Find an event near you!

Central East Correctional Centre – OPSEU/SEFPO Local 368

Contact: Kelsey Fitton –

Local 368 has organized an Adopt a Pet event in support of the Humane Society of Kawartha Lakes at the local PetValu and will be raising funds and donations between now and the date of the event.

Date: February 22, 2024
Time: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
PetValu Lindsay, 363 Kent St. W., Lindsay, Ontario

Central North Correctional Centre – OPSEU/SEFPO Local 369

Contact: Bill Auchterlonie –

This year, Local 369 will hold a raffle event with all proceeds going to Hospice Huronia (Penetanguishene). The draw will be held on February 29, 2024.

Ticket sale dates: February 22-29, 2024
Draw date: February 29, 2024
Ticket price: $5 each, or $10 for 3 tickets.
Prizes: $100 gift cards from LCBO, Home Depot, Pier 21 Restaurant; $200 voucher for Panache Spa; Double Muskoka chair and table.

Niagara Detention Centre – OPSEU/SEFPO Local 252

Contact: Nicole Grimes –

This year, Local 252 members will gather food donations and hold a fundraising BBQ for NDC staff on February 26th, to raise money for Food4Kids Niagara.

Thunder Bay Correctional Centre – OPSEU/SEFPO Local 708
Thunder Bay District Jail – OPSEU/SEFPO Local 737

Contact: Dana Bruno –

Correctional workers from Local 708 and 737 will be at all three Pet Valu locations in Thunder Bay, fundraising for a different rescue organization at each location, and holding a meet-and-greet with the rescue animals. They will be selling pupcakes, barkuterie, cupcakes and other goodies for sale, with all proceeds going to the rescues.

Date: Saturday, February 24, 2024, from 12 noon to 4 p.m.

Arthur Street Pet Valu, 2826 Arthur Street East, Thunder Bay
Rescue Organization: Paws for Love – They will have some of their puppies there for adoption

Golf Links Road Pet Valu, 1171 Golf Links Road, Thunder Bay
Rescue Organization: Thunderbird Wildlife Rescue– meet-and-greet with a Macaw and an Owl!

Dawson Road Pet Valu, 1075 Dawson Road, Thunder Bay
Rescue Organization: Murillo Mutts Rescue – meet-and-greet with some of the animals in their care

Sarnia Jail – OPSEU/SEFPO Local 128

Contact: Joel Bissonette –

At the Polar Plunge on February 10, 2024, more than $1,800 was raised by Local 128 for the Special Olympics. The Torch Run event generated a combined total amount of approximately $39,000 for Special Olympics Ontario.