Huge thanks and kudos to all who hosted a giving tree, and contributed with gifts, financial support and volunteer time to this year's Basket Brigade. We had many special gifts to distribute, include 80 handmade quilts from our islands' own Quilts R Us. There were a lot of smiles and happy parents and children from groups around the Islands. Well over 220 children were given a great Christmas with your help.
FISH received a generous $500 donation raised by the Fishers of Men Church's "Noisy" Group. FISH's President, Jim Wentz, pictured above with Pastor Tom, accepted the donation on behalf of FISH, noting how such generosity helps FISH positively affect the lives of our neighbors.
Pine Island FISH was recently honored with a $3,000 grant from the Matlacha Hookers. FISH President Jim Wentz, pictured at the far right, accepted the grant on behalf of our organization. We are extremely grateful to the Hookers for their long-standing support. Their generosity continues to enable us to make a difference in the lives of many in the Matlacha and Pine Island Communities as recovery continues.
Pine Island FISH is an all-volunteer association of neighbors organized to help those living in the Matlacha and Pine Island Communities. From its early beginnings in the 1980s, Pine Island FISH has grown to an organization of more than 75 members providing many valuable services.
Pine Island FISH provides non-emergency transportation, lends mobility equipment to those in need, offers emergency financial assistance, and provides information and a list of local respite care providers for family caregivers. If you need help, call the FISH line at 239-283-4442 to connect with a volunteer who is ready to help .
Pine Island FISH is in need of volunteer drivers, both on and off-island, telephone volunteers, and more. If you are interested in becoming a FISH volunteer, call 239-283-4442 or attend one of our meetings held on the first Thursday of each month at 3:00 pm at the Pine Island United Methodist Church .