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The Rainy River Valley Field Naturalists are looking for individuals to participate in the annual Breeding Bird Atlas Survey. For more information or to join, e-mail Ilka at, or visit

The Polar Bear plunge has gone virtual this year! Raise pledges, and film yourself in the cold, with snow swimming, an ice bucket challenge, or other cold, wet activity, and submit your video before January 15! Funds raised will go towards local charities. Visit for a pledge sheet and details.

Paws and Claws Canada is in need of rural homes willing to take in barn cats. They have identified several cats, currently in horrible living conditions, which are not truly feral, but are also unsuitable for indoor pets. Many currently reside in the Rainy River “cat colony.” If you can offer a safe, comfortable home for an outdoor cat, e-mail

Paws and Claws Canada is in desperate need of foster homes. They are currently unable to take in all the cats and kittens in need of care, due to a foster home shortage. For more information on what's involved, or to volunteer, e-mail

Meals on Wheels is seeking volunteer drivers. Meals are delivered over the lunch hour. The program welcomes individuals, teams or organizations. To find out more, call Gaby Hanzuk at 807-274-3764

The La Verendrye Gift Shop is in need of volunteers, willing to work in the shop an afternoon or two a month. The Shop will be open Monday-Friday from 12:30 to 4 p.m. All safety precautions are in place. A great way to support fundraising for 'care close to home'. Contact Marnie Cumming at 274-3368 for more information.

The LaVerendrye Auxiliary is searching for a volunteer to lead a well-established team to operate the Gift Shop, raising funds for ‘care close to home’. Shop Workers are already in place along with an active Shop Committee specializing in seasonal events. Contact Marnie Cumming at 274-3368 to discuss this very worthwhile volunteer opportunity.

The Rainy River Women's Institute Emo Museum is searching for volunteers for a variety of activities and events. Individuals interested in joining the board are also welcome. For more information, call Annie Van Rozen, at 482-3991.

The Rainy River Curling Club needs you! The club is looking for volunteers to help organize the league play. To join in, call Melissa Jenson, 807-276-2918 or check out the club's Facebook page.

The WWRD Lions Club is seeking new members. They meet the second Tuesday of each month at the Rainy River Evangelical Covenant Church. Fort more information, contact Secretary, Peggy Advent at or phone 807-483-5403.

The Legion Ladies Auxiliary to Branch 29 is always on the lookout for new members! If you would like to know more about joining this group of fun and hard working ladies please contact Cindy Noble at 271-2021 or Joanne Gosselin at 274-5932.

The LaVerendrye General Hospital Auxiliary is seeking several individuals to round out its Executive. Current vacancies include Vice-President and Foundation Representative and Member at Large. Connect with them on Facebook, at LaVerendrye General Hospital Auxiliary, or contact President Linda Booth at 276-4250 or Marnie Cumming at 274-3368.

Impact the lives of local girls, by volunteering for Girl Guides of Canada. The Fort Frances Chapter meets Monday nights, with groups in Emo and Rainy River as well. Training, events and scholarships available. Visit

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