Helping Neighbors: A Year of Important Results
F.I.S.H of Sanibel-Captiva, Inc. is a human services organization, focused for thirty seven years on ‘neighbors helping neighbors’. The mission of F.I.S.H. is to lend a helping hand to those who live, work or visit here, and the F.I.S.H. vision is to enrich the lives of everyone on Sanibel and Captiva Islands through an array of Food Programs, Island Based Workshops, Social Services and Helping Hands. The field of human services is broadly defined, with the unique objective of meeting human needs while focusing on prevention as well as remediation of problems, and maintaining a commitment to improving the overall quality of life. F.I.S.H. OF SANCAP strives to do just that. Throughout 2018, 18,713 service requests were answered by F.I.S.H.
In 2018, F.I.S.H. impacted the lives of 5,786 individuals, a 46% increase over 2017, where 93.1% of all donations go directly to FISH programming. Some of the program details include:
7,845 visits to our Food Pantry utilized 206,278 pounds of food
1,028 food backpacks were distributed to our youth
F.I.S.H. volunteers delivered 3,273 meals to our island neighbor
We genuinely thank all of our volunteers for providing 7,065 hours of service and for driving 33,797 miles on behalf of F.I.S.H. and our clients
1,069 reassurance calls were made to vulnerable island residents
Our social workers provided 1,499 instances of counseling and case management
488 households requested assistance and/or case management from our Disaster Relief Program (Red Tide/Green Algae)
177 households received a Hurricane Preparedness Resource Packet
F.I.S.H. provided 236 instances of Emergency Financial Assistance
Our youth were assisted with 64 scholarships for educational/camp
Adult and youth were provided with 23 opportunities for betterment through our Adult Education Scholarship and Youth Tutoring Programs
The Food Pantry, one of their most vital services, witnessed a larger increase in families served and poundage distributed than anticipated, largely due to the Red Tide/Green Algae environmental disaster, where many lost jobs and valuable work hours for months.
Other examples of F.I.S.H. human services successes include:
Chloe, who graduated with a BS degree this year, through the F.I.S.H. Adult Education Scholarship Program,
The Smith Family, now paying down debt, with help from F.I.S.H. Financial Education Seminars
Susan, showing signs of reduced food insecurity, now able to make healthy meals for her three children with supplemental groceries provided in the F.I.S.H. Food Pantry
Lori, able to keep her home on Sanibel, thanks to emergency financial assistance and employment seeking skills learned through F.I.S.H. programs.
“These are just a sampling of the outcomes we see daily at F.I.S.H. With that being said, however, we are still witnessing increasing client requests in most every area of service. Meals-by-F.I.S.H.; equipment requests; transportation – there is rarely a lull at F.I.S.H.,” states Maggi Feiner, President & CEO. “In 2018, we realized the necessity to hire additional staff to better manage and streamline procedures for our programs. We are now a team of eight; seven full-time and one part-time professionals, who are deeply engaged and passionate about our island neighbors’ well-being and our community.”
If you are not all that familiar with the F.I.S.H. OF SANCAP organization, please call for a tour so you can meet their staff and see, first hand, how their agency works to better our community. . F.I.S.H. is the only Human Services Organization on Sanibel and Captiva. For 37 years, FISH has been a "neighbors helping neighbors" organization offering a wide range of human services. To learn more about the programs and services of FISH, please contact Maggi Feiner, President & CEO at (239) 472-4775 or visit their website at www.fishofsancap.org