Opportunities for creative entrepreneurship abound.
Volunteer organizations provide ample soul – satisfying service and an avenue of immediate community involvement.
Retirees that demand a personal involvement in the community have found “open arms” in the following groups The local Eagles Aerie was established in 1913. Their lodge facilities were built in 1948 and serves as one of the primary meeting places for indoor gatherings in the city. The building has two large meeting areas and a pleasant lounge area. Combined Lodge and auxiliary membership is presently at 470. Volunteer opportunities are available for their numerous charitable benefits that they host for a variety of individuals and organizations. The Elks Lodge was built in 1924 and has a membership of 350. The lodge has one large meeting area and a smaller “fireside” area in the lounge area that is used for small gatherings.
The Senior Citizens Center provides ongoing opportunities for seniors to participate in a variety of events including weekly lunches.
The Valley Piecemakers Quilt and Craft Club is comprised of people who enjoy piecing and quilting, whether by hand or by machine. Our members are multi-talented craftspeople, doing everything from applique to embroidery to intricate Hardanger needlework. And don’t feel intimidated if you are a beginner to quilting – we all had to learn. We are here to help one another. We have a number of activities we do each year to benefit the community, including making quilts that are raffled off to earn money for designated charities. Visit us at www.valleypiecemakers.com
The St. Maries Art Council hosts the yearly smART in the Park festival. Volunteers also operate the local art gallery retail center inside The Paperhouse storefront. The yearly Paul Bunyan Logging Days event, held on Labor Day weekend, is the area’s main yearly celebration. The committee is entirely volunteers. The Discovery Channel ranked the Labor Day weekend firework display as the seventh best for small communities in the United States. Planning for the festival starts in January of each year. The St. Joe River Jet Boat Races on Memorial Day weekend is another volunteer opportunity. Planning for the races begins in January.
The Benewah Community Hospital “Better Care” committee focuses on the “extra” needs that help make our local medical care system outstanding.
A generous bequeath provided the funds needed to complete a new Humane Society building. It is manned by volunteers and sustained by local donations.
For the more physical minded – volunteer opportunities exist in the local fire department, reserve police officers, search and rescue, sheriffs posse, and as ambulance EMTs. Car clubs, snowmobile groups, Ducks Unlimited – there’s a place for you!