provided to Santiva Chronicle
Island neighbors have continued helping each other with good deeds throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Since the beginning of the pandemic, the generosity of islanders has been almost overwhelming,” said FISH Executive Director Alicia Tighe. “Our phones were ringing off the hook with offers to help and donations to assist in our relief efforts. People have even been donating their stimulus check money to help their neighbors who they feel need it more at this time. I would like to say I’m surprised, but the spirit of community and giving is a hallmark of Sanibel and Captiva—our neighbors are unmatched in their determination to make these islands better each day.”
Throughout the crisis, Sanibel and Captiva residents, service organizations, businesses, and professional groups have been finding ways to give back to their community. Whether through food and supply drives, stocking pantry shelves, or making monetary donations.
“We’ve heard from volunteers that helping their neighbors has been a bright spot in a dark period; it makes them feel more connected to people and their community when that’s not physically possible,” said Tighe. “The response from our community to COVID has been incredibly moving and humbling for us at FISH, but also for those receiving assistance—grateful is an understatement.”
The assistance from neighbors is helping FISH meet the demands that COVID has placed on social service agencies. The pandemic has increased the need for FISH emergency financial assistance, hot meal delivery for residents staying in their homes, and kids’ food backpacks by double or more.
FISH provides services to anyone who lives, works or visits Sanibel and Captiva Islands as the only wrap-around social service agency provider. Started in island residents’ kitchens and out of their cars more than 38 years ago, FISH continues to grow to meet the demands of the community. FISH has something for everyone, and it is their goal to offer services that can assist, educate, and enrich all of the island community.
For additional information on the FISH organization and their programs and services, please contact Alicia Tighe, Executive director at 239-472-4775 or visit http://www.fishofsancap.org