Who We Are
FISH stands for Friends in Service Here. FISH is a nonprofit, all-volunteer organization, incorporated in the state of
- Transportation to medical, dental, legal, and related essential appointments
- Prescription delivery
- Loan of home health care equipment, e.g., walkers, wheelchairs, etc.
We accept no payment for services from our clients, but contributions are always welcome.
Anyone who is properly trained by our training coordinator may become a member of FISH. There are two forms of service in FISH: drivers and ride coordinators.
Our drivers are on call one day a month to drive our "clients" to appointments within our immediate area: Kent, Bridgewater, New Milford, Brookfield, Danbury, Newtown, and New Fairfield. We also keep a list of Reserve Drivers who may accept random assignments on days when the scheduled driver is already committed.
Our ride coordinators are assigned one day per month to arrange rides over the phone, coordinating between our answering service, the client, and the driver on duty that day. Ride coordinators may serve from any location reachable by phone.
Drives Last year (October 1, 2015 through September 30, 2016), we received 158 calls and drove a total of 4,898 miles. We served 28 Sherman residents who needed our services and who would likely not be able to remain in town if it were not for our special volunteer group.
We get calls for service almost every day and in our busiest month we had 20 rides—an average of once a day. It is not uncommon for us to depend on reserve drivers when more than one person needs a ride on a day.
Equipment Loans We loaned out 35 pieces of equipment (wheelchairs, walkers, commodes, bath seats, shower chairs, etc.) to 21 different clients.