Help FISH During the Coronavirus Epidemic
Is your company looking for a way to make a difference during the COVID-19 crisis? If so, we are seeking sponsors to support our neighbors in need, to keep our emergency assistance program viable, to support our general operations. For more information, email mary@HerndonRestonFISH.org Or to make a donation, click here.
The FISH Mission
To help Herndon and Reston residents cope with short-term financial crises by providing Friendly Instant Sympathetic Help.
We help stabilize lives by preventing an eviction, keeping utilities from being turned off, and helping to finance immediate medical needs.
An Important Message Related to the Corona Virus Pandemic
Concerns about the coronavirus that is now spreading across the country have led the FISH Board of Directors to make some important decisions. Our foremost concern is to protect the health and well-being of our employees, volunteers, and clients but to do so in a way that allows us to carry out our basic mission to the extent possible.
We will continue to provide emergency assistance on the same basis as we have done in the recent past. At least for the time being, we are making no changes in our criteria for providing assistance, and our operations remain in place to make this possible. Because our efforts related to providing emergency financial assistance are done by phone and online, we can carry out these activities without endangering the health of those involved. Changes in our revenue receipts or alterations in government policy could mandate that we alter these policies in the future, but they remain in place for now.
The Bargain Loft, our thrift store, will be closed for at least the next four weeks (until mid-April) to protect our clients and our employees and volunteers who work in the store. During that time, we will no longer sell items at the store itself, but sales will remain possible through eBay. We will also not be able to accept any donations of goods during this period. As time progresses, we will reevaluate the decision about how quickly to reopen the store based on the best information available from the CDC and other experts.
The annual FISH Fling Gala, which was scheduled for mid-April, has been postponed indefinitely. We hope that it might be possible to hold this fun and important fundraising event in the fall of this year.
The demand for the emergency assistance that FISH provides is almost certain to increase during this crisis. At the same time, our revenues will decline substantially for two reasons: First, the Bargain Loft, the sales from which are a major source of revenue to finance rule our activities, will be closed. Second, we will not receive any funds from the FISH Fling Gala, which also provides substantial revenues to allow us to do our work.
This crisis, surely the most severe in many years, will disrupt the lives of many of our neighbors, so that our services will be more crucial than ever. We will not be able to provide the help needed without added support from the community. It is thus especially important that people be generous in supporting our work to help our neighbors in need. Please consider donating, and thank you for your support.
President, Board of Directors