Helping Neighbors: F.I.S.H. OF SANCAP Programs Throughout the Summer
As the ‘snow birds’ head North and the islands wind down for the season, many suspect that the same holds true for FISH, however it is quite the opposite. “June - October are as busy as the rest of the months for our agency,” says Maggi Feiner, President & CEO. “Sometimes, parents, particularly those in the hospitality industry, see their job hours are cut due to the lower occupancy rates. Unfortunately, that coincides with children’s summer vacation, and we have many requests for assistance with summer camp scholarships around this time. Additionally, while most students will leave their classrooms happy for the break, some parents will be fretting about how to feed their children without meals provided through schools. Therefore, our children’s (food) backpack program picks up, as do visits to our food pantry,” says Feiner. Other programs that see an increase during summer months are the Adult Continuing Education Scholarship program, and the Emergency Financial Assistance program, particularly for rent and utility bills.
How can you help? Donations of unopened, unexpired canned goods are always accepted at the FISH Walk-In Center, and perishable items are accepted Mon. - Fri. between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Summertime volunteers are always needed, particularly for driving duties such as the Meals-by-FISH (meals on wheels) program, on and off island transportation for clients, and food pick up. Financial donations can be made year-round toward the greatest client need or toward any specific program offered by FISH. “We, and the island neighbors we serve, always appreciate everything the community provides for FISH. Your investment in FISH makes a big difference in our client’s lives,” says Feiner.
To learn more about FISH, its programs and services, or volunteer opportunities, please visit fishofsancap.org. F.I.S.H OF SANCAP is a non-profit 501(c) 3.