Who We Are
FISH stands for Friends in Service Here. FISH is a nonprofit, all-volunteer organization, incorporated in the state of
- Free 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, 2017 through September 30, 2018) we received 164 calls and drove a total of 5,495 miles. We served 33 residents who needed our services and who would most 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 months (June and August) we had 23 and 28 rides. We average one ride a day, but it is not uncommon for us to depend on reserve drivers, as we have had up to 4 requests on a specific day this past year.
Equipment Loans We loaned out 9 pieces of equipment (wheelchairs, walkers, commodes, bath seats, shower chairs, etc.) to 17 different clients.