Islanders assisting F.I.S.H. through COVID-19 pandemic
Throughout the COVID-19 crisis island neighbors have continued to help each other through good deeds, F.I.S.H. of Sanibel-Captiva reported. The health pandemic has created distance between us, but many have used the opportunity to connect with neighbors through philanthropy and volunteerism, helping those in need.
“Since the beginning of the pandemic, the generosity of islanders has been almost overwhelming,” Executive Director Alicia Tighe said. “Our phones were ringing off the hook with offers to help and donations to assist in our relief efforts. People have even been donating their stimulus check money to help their neighbors who they feel need it more at this time.
“I would like to say I’m surprised, but the spirit of community and giving is a hallmark of Sanibel and Captiva,” she added. “Our neighbors are unmatched in their determination to make these islands better each day.”
Island residents, service organizations, businesses and professional groups have been finding ways to give back to their community during the crisis. Whether through food and supply drives, stocking pantry shelves, or making monetary donations.
“We’ve heard from volunteers that helping their neighbors has been a bright spot in a dark period; it makes them feel more connected to people and their community when that’s not physically possible,” Tighe said. “The response from our community to COVID has been incredibly moving and humbling for us at F.I.S.H., but also for those receiving assistance – grateful is an understatement.”
The assistance from neighbors is helping F.I.S.H. meet the demands that COVID has placed on social service agencies. The pandemic has increased the need for F.I.S.H. emergency financial assistance, hot meal delivery for residents staying in their homes, and children’s food backpacks by double or more.
For more information about F.I.S.H. of Sanibel-Captiva and its programs and services, contact Executive Director Alicia Tighe at 239-472-4775 or visit www.fishofsancap.org.