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FISH volunteers needed over summer

By Staff | Jul 10, 2013

FISH of Sanibel is looking for new volunteers over the summer months.

The organization manages a number of programs delivering meals, stocking the food pantry, and providing transportation to medical appointments, to name a few that help those in need living on Sanibel or Captiva.

Maggi Feiner, executive director of FISH, said volunteers are needed now more than ever because so many residents leave the island during the summer. The number of volunteers typically drops from 180 to 60 in the summer, and that smaller group has to handle the same workload.

“Volunteer opportunities are open in all areas,” said Feiner. “We need volunteers for meal deliveries, picking up food, stocking the pantry, and running the backpack program for children. We deliver backpacks over the summer months because they aren’t getting the free and reduced lunches they normally get at school.”

She added that the number of medical appointment drivers decreases to five over the summer, meaning one driver could be making up to four trips to the doctor each week.

“It’s a lot to ask one person to do,” said Feiner.

Zebra Frozen Yogurt recently announced that it’s sponsoring an Ice Cream Social on July 16 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. to draw in new volunteers for FISH in the Bailey’s Center at 2467 Periwinkle Way. Those interested in volunteering can enjoy sweet flavors of frozen yogurt and learn about all of the opportunities available.

There are no specific time commitments for FISH volunteers, said Feiner. Schedules are very flexible and volunteers can choose to work a couple of hours or full time. Volunteer opportunities are also customized to suit the skills and interests of the volunteer.

“We are very workable,” she said.

For more information, call FISH of Sanibel at 472-4775.