Community Outreach

Local Services for Pine Island Residents

F.I.S.H (Fellow Islanders Sending Help)

When you need help, call our FISH line at:

It will put you in touch with our answering service and a FISH volunteer who wants to help.

FISH is a volunteer non-profit charitable organization to assist residents of Pine Island and Matlacha with the following:

Non-emergency transportation: to medical facilities, grocery store, pharmacy, bank, etc. to individuals with no other access to transportation.
Mobility Equipment to lend: Wheelchairs, walkers, etc.
Special Needs
: emergency assistance for rent, utilities, medical, etc.
Respite: Relief to non-paid, primary caregivers for approximately 4 hours, once a week.
In-Touch: Contact with home-bound individuals either by phone or home visits.

There is never a charge for any FISH Service. FISH is funded solely by donations and all calls are held in strictest confidence.

Volunteers and donations are always needed to
continue the services offered by FISH.

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. See website for details.

Pine Island Food Pantry


The Food Pantry is a volunteer, non-profit charitable organization distributing emergency food to residents of Pine Island and Matlacha for those in need of temporary assistance. The Pine Island Pantry can supply several days worth of meals to those who qualify.

The Pine Island Food Pantry is located at Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal Catholic Church 12175 Stringfellow Rd Bokeelia

Open on Monday and Thursday each week from 8:30 AM to 10:30 AM. (Closed on Holidays) The pantry serves only Pine Island and Matlacha. You must have two forms of ID, a drivers license and utility bill. No appointment is necessary. In case of emergency food help call 239-443-6561. Items most needed at the pantry are dry cereals, canned tuna, soup, hamburger helper, mac and cheese, dry pasta and canned fruit (NO pineapple please!)

The church has a box in the narthex for donations and Pastor Lemke transports those donated items to the Catholic church every week.

Beacon of Hope

5090 Doug Taylor Circle
Hours of Operation: Monday through Friday from 9 A.M. to 5 P.M.

The Beacon of Hope is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to discovering the needs of the Greater Pine Island community and finding long term solutions. The Beacon of HOPE is proud to be The Pine Island United Way House and works with many other assistance groups and agencies, striving for collaboration, not duplication.

…an island based service organization helping people live lives of dignity by building bridges between people in need and people with a desire to serve.

The Beacon of HOPE is a non-profit organization that provides proactive activities and programs to improve the welfare of the Pine Island community. The Beacon of HOPE strives to Help Other People Excel.

The Beacon of HOPE was established as a non-profit long term hurricane recovery point of service organization, which issues and files pre-hurricane surveys along with distributing hurricane preparedness booklets. It has evolved to also encompass Elder Care point of service resources and is a Lee County ACCESS Point for applying for DSS services.

Pastor Lemke serves on the board of the Beacon of HOPE.