F.I.S.H. holds annual meeting, volunteer recognition lunch
F.I.S.H. of Sanibel-Captiva held its annual meeting and volunteer recognition luncheon on Feb. 19 at The Community House on Sanibel. The non-profit organization provides programs, services and workshops for those who live, work on or visit Sanibel and Captiva.
Special guests included the BIG ARTS Community Chorus, which entertained attendees prior to lunch catered by the Sanibel Catering Company by Bailey’s. F.I.S.H. celebrated its volunteers, who tirelessly provide treasures of time, to assist island neighbors. In 2019, volunteers provided 7,455 hours of service and drove 34,147 miles on behalf of F.I.S.H. and island neighbors. Financial information was presented showing that 93.5 percent of all donations go directly to F.I.S.H. programming.
“We feel grateful every day that we are able to give our neighbors the greatest gift of all, which is to breathe a little easier knowing their community supports them,” Executive Director Alicia Tighe said. “I’m proud to say that in 2019 we were able to grow our capacity to provide services in nearly all of our programs thanks to the generosity of the Sanibel and Captiva communities.”
“Looking ahead, we are excited to continue to grow our programs not just in people-served or services offered, but to focus breadth and depth of what we’re providing,” she added. “In particular, we’re anticipating a more multi-dimensional food pantry program, considering nutrition and wellness in all products provided; targeting issues such as senior isolation and caregiver support; and creating more viable pathways for clients to become self-sufficient through our adult scholarship program.”
F.I.S.H. is the only human services organization on the islands and, for 38 years, it has been a “neighbors helping neighbors” organization offering a wide range of human services.
For more information, visit www.fishofsancap.org or call Tighe at 239-472-4775.