Happy Mother with her Child
Happy Family

A Sad  Note

It is with great sadness that we report the passing of Karen Stevens, who was a loyal supporter of FISH and served in many formal and informal capacities up until the time of her death earlier this month. Karen became involved with FISH in the early 2000’s and most recently served on the Board of Directors as its Secretary. In past years she served as President and Vice President. She took on many other roles over the years, including membership on the Executive Committee, the Personnel Committee, and the Fling Committee. Her steady and reliable dedication to FISH helped the organization grow and expand its role in serving our neighbors in financial crises for over 50 years. Her leadership helped us achieve an important crisis management service in distributing Federal funds to families affected by the ongoing pandemic. Karen will be greatly missed. 

Best Wishes for a Happy and Healthful New Year

The past year has not brought the relief from the pandemic that we all hoped for. Because of the hardships that the pandemic caused, many more people were in need of financial assistance. As a result of our role in helping to distribute federal funds designated to provide relief, we were able to help many more individuals and families than would otherwise have been possible. For that we are thankful.

The success of our efforts would not have been realized without the exceptional work of our staff and dedicated volunteers, many of whom took on expanded duties. We thank them and all of you who have continued to support FISH in these difficult times.

As always, we depend upon the generous support of foundations, corporations, religious institutions, and individuals like you to make our support possible. Thank you for your generous contributions.

Robert Reed

President, Board of Directors

Mary Saunders

Executive Director

Herndon-Reston FISH

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.


Mary Saunders 
Executive Director