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FISH provides services to anyone who lives, works or visits Sanibel and Captiva Islands as the only wrap-around social service agency provider. Their 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.
“We are honored to be named a 2020 Top-Rated Nonprofit,” said FISH Executive Director Alicia Tighe. “We are proud of our accomplishments but are especially proud that this distinction is awarded by community recognition of the work of our incredible staff, volunteers, and gracious donors.”
FISH has been a ‘neighbors helping neighbors’ organization on Sanibel and Captiva for more than 38 years. The organization started in island residents’ kitchens and out of their cars, but FISH has continued to grow to meet the demands of the community thanks to the generosity of donors and volunteers. FISH maximizes all contributions; 92 percent of every dollar donated goes directly to their programs and services.
Last year, 20,885 service requests were answered by FISH for 5,544 individuals in 2019. Their Food Pantry, one of the most utilized programs of the agency, witnessed 8,364 visits that distributed 247,903 pounds of food. Other accomplishments include 3,260 meals delivered to islanders; 332 instances of Emergency Financial Assistance; assembly and delivery of 1,160 food backpacks for children and more.
The Top-Rated Nonprofit award is based on outstanding online reviews from clients served, community members, volunteers and/or board members. As one client writes, “Back in December, my income changed drastically without notice. I looked to FISH for help with my electric bill. Upon meeting Nitza, she was so understanding and compassionate. I had never needed help before and didn’t know where to turn. Not only did FISH help with my electric, but they also helped with my rent and gifts for my kids for Christmas. That was very unexpected and thoughtful. All the employees there are so kind. Every week they give a bag of food for each kid along with other food from the pantry. During this pandemic they have been such a helping hand. Thanks so much!”
Additional reviews may be read at https://greatnonprofits.org/org/f-i-s-h-of-sanibel-captiva-inc.
“FISH is a great example of a nonprofit making a real difference in their community,” said Perla Ni, CEO of GreatNonprofits, “Their award is well-deserved recognition not only of their work, but the tremendous support they receive, as shown by the many outstanding reviews they have received from people who have direct experience working with FISH.”