• Maggie Goldsmith

Helping Neighbors: MOAA Assists Island Veterans Through FISH Partnership


The Lee Coast Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) presented a check to FISH President & CEO Maggi Feiner, from their annual golf outing, the Bob Janes Memorial Golf Outing, named in memory of the former Sanibel Mayor, Lee County Commissioner and the chapter’s first president. MOAA provided these funds to FISH to assist Veterans in need. MOAA was established as a local chapter in 1982 with membership open to all active, retired and former military officers, including Coast Guard, Public Health Service and MOAA. Nationwide there are over 380,000 members in over 400 local chapters. MOAA, as a national organization serving the nation and the community, is dedicated to maintaining a strong national defense and preserving the earned entitlements of serving members of the uniformed services, veterans and their families.

“Our nation’s Veterans proudly served our country, and FISH is proud to serve our Veterans. At FISH, it is our honor to help Veterans and link them to the services, programs and assistance they need and deserve. Whether it’s a ride to a doctor’s appointment, emergency financial assistance for rent or medical purposes, access to our Meals-by-F.I.S.H. program, or more; FISH is here to help,” states FISH President & CEO, Maggi Feiner.

Danny was several months behind on his rent when he first began working with FISH. He said, “Right now, I’m at risk of being evicted. I have no food or nothing.” He also couldn’t pay his bills or afford to get his medication. When Danny met with the FISH Social Services Department case worker, he had no idea that she would be such a big help. He was able to bring his rent up to date, get help with other bills, and get food from the FISH Food Pantry. Danny said, “For me, FISH is a blessing.”

If you are, or know of a Veteran needing assistance, FISH may be able to help. For additional information, please contact Nitza Lopez, Case Manager, at 239-472-4775.


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