A Year of Important Results, Small and Large
FISH OF SANCAP is a human services organization, focused for over thirty-eight years on ‘neighbors helping neighbors’. The mission of FISH is to lend a helping hand to those who live, work or visit here, and the FISH 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.
FISH works each day to improve the quality of life for all islanders, and 2019 continued the trend in growth that FISH has witnessed over the last several years. Throughout 2019, FISH answered 20,885 service requests and impacted the lives of 5,544 individuals. They are proud to report 93.5% of all donations go directly to FISH programming. Other important impacts include:
8,364 visits to the Food Pantry utilizing 247,903 pounds of food
3,260 meals delivered to island neighbors by FISH volunteers
188 households received Food Baskets for the Christmas, Easter and/or Thanksgiving holidays, and their Adopt-a-Family Programs provided holiday gifts to 156 households
399 neighbors joined one or more Friendly Faces Luncheons throughout the year,
FISH Social Services provided 332 instances of Emergency Financial Assistance, and neighbors met with their Social Services Department 2,502 times to resolve crises and create roadmaps
FISH volunteers drove neighbors to 197 appointments both on and off-island
325 pieces of Medical Equipment were loaned to residents and/or visitors
Through Youth Programs, children attended 142 instances of after school and/or summer programming and received 1,160 food backpacks. 151 children also received Back to School supplies
FISH volunteers provided 7,455 hours of service and drove 34,147 miles on behalf of our neighbors
“I’m proud to say that in 2019 we were able to grow our capacity to provide services in nearly all of our programs thanks to the generosity of the Sanibel and Captiva communities. Looking ahead, we are excited to continue to grow our programs not just in people-served or services offered, but to focus breadth and depth of what we’re providing. In particular, we’re anticipating a more multi-dimensional food pantry program, considering nutrition and wellness in all products provided; targeting issues such as senior isolation and caregiver support; and creating more viable pathways for clients to become self-sufficient through our adult scholarship program,” states Alicia Tighe, Executive Director.
If you are not familiar with FISH, please call for a tour so you can meet their staff and see, first hand, how their agency works to better our community. FISH is the only Human Services Organization on Sanibel and Captiva. For 38 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 Alicia Tighe, Executive Director, at (239) 472-4775 or visit their website at www.fishofsancap.org