CAMEO of Lee County, a group of individuals who are dedicated to the betterment of the lives of seniors in Southwest Florida, recently awarded FISH OF SANCAP a grant to partially fund the organization’s Smile Box and Friendly Faces programs.
Formed ten years ago, CAMEO (Cooperative Associates Marketing Elderly Options) consists of members who represent the many different private and public services and businesses that serve the senior community – home health, senior living, retirement, finance and investment, senior publications, and many more. For additional information on the organization, visit cameoofleecounty.com.
The FISH Smile Box program, which began during the COVID crisis, was inspired by the subscription box trend where participants receive boxes of products and goodies regularly. FISH quickly realized its positive impact on the community and has incorporated the Smile Box program into a regular monthly offering to over 60 participants. Due to Hurricane Ian, Smile Box delivery was placed on hold but has since been re-launched.
Friendly Faces, a monthly luncheon gathering, is one of FISH’s original and very popular offerings. Relaunched in this month, community members are embracing the opportunity to reconnect with friends and neighbors and learn about area activities as evidenced by the 30+ participants that attended. Hosted at the Sanibel Recreation Center with lunch provided by the Sanibel Deli, FISH recruits speakers to introduce programs and offerings in the area. Games and activities are incorporated for all participants to enjoy.
“We are so grateful for grant committee of CAMEO to recognize these very important programs and support us through their grant funding,” says Erika Broyles, Senior Services Director, FISH. “It’s been very difficult, particularly for our seniors, since the hurricane and the isolation, confusion and disruption that comes with being displaced for months. With assistance from CAMEO, other supporters and our volunteers, everyone is making a difference in the lives of our seniors.”