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As community service volunteers, island youth lead and take part in several community service projects and events throughout the year on behalf of FISH. At the Walk-In Center, they assemble and distribute holiday baskets, sort and stock the food pantry, and pack and inventory backpack contents. In the community and at school, they hold canned food drives, man 10K race water stations, clean and stock equipment, make cards for island seniors, and participate in Islands Night and the 4th of July parade and more. Our island youth exemplify The Sanibel School slogan ‘Unite, Inspire and Empower.’
“We love working with the kids; it’s a great bonding opportunity,” says Maria Espinoza, FISH Walk-In Center Manager. “We hope they are learning the value of volunteering, that it’s about giving, contributing, and helping other individuals and the community at large. Our community service volunteers are working with others to make a meaningful contribution to better our community, and we couldn’t be more proud of them.”
FISH has many community service volunteers throughout the year that assist in various capacities. Jessica, who helps in the food pantry by sorting and stocking products, says, “Once you start to help others it makes you better as a person. If you do well, then others will too and it makes the world a better place.” Jessie attends the Sanibel School and is completing her required community service hours at FISH. Other community service volunteers include Cub Scout members, Girl Scout members, and church youth group members.
“We cannot thank our community service students enough for their dedication to our community. They truly are an asset to our organization, and the volunteers of tomorrow. Thank you for all you continue to do, for FISH,” concludes Maria Espinoza.
To learn more about community service volunteering, contact Maria Espinoza at FISH, 239-472-4775.