Community service opportunities at F.I.S.H.
As community service volunteers, island youth lead and take part in several community service projects and events throughout the year on behalf of F.I.S.H. of Sanibel-Captiva.
At the Walk-In Center, they assemble and distribute holiday baskets, sort and stock the food pantry, and pack and inventory backpack contents. In the community and at school, they hold canned food drives, man 10K race water stations, clean and stock equipment, make cards for island seniors, and participate in Islands Night, the 4th of July parade and more.
“We love working with the kids; it’s a great bonding opportunity,” Walk-In Center Manager Maria Espinoza said. “We hope they are learning the value of volunteering, that it’s about giving, contributing and helping other individuals and the community at large. Our community service volunteers are working with others to make a meaningful contribution to better our community, and we couldn’t be more proud of them.”
F.I.S.H. has many community service volunteers throughout the year who assist in various capacities.
“Once you start to help others it makes you better as a person,” one youth, who helps in the food pantry by sorting and stocking products, said. “If you do well, then others will too and it makes the world a better place.”
She attends The Sanibel School and is completing her community service hours at F.I.S.H.
Other community service volunteers include Cub Scout members, Girl Scout members, and church youth group members.
“We cannot thank our community service students enough for their dedication to our community,” Espinoza said. “They truly are an asset to our organization, and the volunteers of tomorrow. Thank you for all you continue to do for F.I.S.H.”
For more information about volunteering, call Maria Espinoza at 239-472-4775.