F.I.S.H. receives ‘Mission & Outreach Sunday’ funds collected by Chapel by the Sea
In January, 10 charitable organizations supported by Chapel by the Sea participated in what they call "Mission & Outreach Sunday."
Each year, Chapel sets up tables in the yard and invites each agency to share their work with Chapel-goers. Mission Chairwoman, Pat Boris, had participated in Outreach Sundays back in Minnesota and thought the concept was worth bringing to our islands.
The participants learned a lot about various needs here on our idyllic islands, many of them finding out for the first time how many people these service organizations assist.
Chapel by the Sea has been supporting F.I.S.H. for several years. On April 18, Rev. Bob Hansel led the concluding service of the Chapel’s season by challenging all present to feed the hungry even as they leave to go back home. That day was cold and rainy. Attendance was about a third of the normal number who usually spill out onto the Chapel yard. Despite the small number, more than 250 pounds of non-perishable foodstuffs were collected, and an amazing $1,700 was donated.
On May 5, Susan Stuart, Board Chairwoman, along with Mike Boris, Board Treasurer and Pat Boris, Mission and Outreach Chairperson, presented Maggie Feiner, President of F.I.S.H., with a check for $2,150, reflecting Chapel’s planned gift as well as this wonderful end of season challenge.
"We want to extend our heartfelt appreciation to all those who so generously donated to help us maintain our food pantry," said Feiner. "For so many islanders it is a surprise that the current economic climate has created so many needs. Aside from our driving elderly to doctor appointments, delivering meals to those who are not able to get out on their own, lending wheelchairs and other equipment to visitors who need assistance we manage an active food pantry."
"This donation will go a long way in keeping us stocked and ready to help," she added. "Thank you all."