Helping Neighbors: The Power of Giving to F.I.S.H. OF SANCAP
Mary and Jim Nelson, seasonal Sanibel residents, have always believed in giving back to the communities in which they reside. They want to give back to others in many different ways, and feel fortunate to have the opportunity to have a hand in changing lives. While Mary and Jim give to different organizations, when on Sanibel they have selected F.I.S.H. as one of those organizations. Says Jim, “For many years, our involvement with F.I.S.H. was limited to contributing food to the food pantry. In 2014, when F.I.S.H. had an opportunity to purchase the Walk-In Center, we were invited to a F.I.S.H. open house. During the open house, we learned a lot about the food, transportation, counselling and financial needs of Island residents, and of how the F.I.S.H. staff and volunteers are addressing these needs.”
“We are impressed with how the F.I.S.H. staff and volunteers recognize a need, set up a program and “get it done.” Distributing 40 tons of food; driving 30,000 miles; counselling 200 families; providing 100 families with emergency rent, utilities and medical funds; and providing 75 summer camp or continuing education scholarships really does make a difference in the lives of our neighbors.” F.I.S.H. has over 40 different programs and services to enhance the lives of everyone that lives on, works in or visits Sanibel and Captiva.
“We encourage our fellow Island residents to learn more about F.I.S.H. by attending an event or visiting the Walk-In Center. You may be aware of someone who would benefit from F.I.S.H. services. And you may end up being more involved with F.I.S.H., which is what happened to us. Giving, of money or time, is a human connection. We want to make a contribution and know that we are making a difference. We want to feel like we have a connection to the organization we are supporting and know they truly value our commitment and our relationship. What better place is there to give than to F.I.S.H., a human social services agency, that serves Sanibel and Captiva and those that work or visit here.”