Herndon-Reston FISH, Inc

In This Issue
President's Report
Fall Concert
Financial Report
FISH Annual Meeting
Volunteer Spotlight
Thanks to Our Major Supporters
"Panic Attack"
For The Holidays
Michelle De Cou-Landberg

President's Report 




Autumn 2013 is filled with many activities important to the functioning of Herndon-Reston FISH, Inc. In October we held our second annual event honoring all of our volunteers and donors. I am looking forward to handing out prizes at the Bradley Farms Haunted House in Herndon later this month. Plan to bring your family and friends as all proceeds are generously donated to FISH Assistance. Preparations are under way to provide food baskets for the upcoming holidays to those in need in our area.


Two weeks ago we distributed over $11,000 in assistance, the highest one week total in FISH's 44 years of serving the community. Within our service area there are a great many people who face economic difficulties and it is good that we can be a part of the safety net and make a difference. Please spread the word about Herndon-Reston FISH to your family, friends & neighbors to help us grow support.


At the October Financial Workshop, which is provided for individuals who have received assistance from us, a new Paper Management Mentoring program was introduced which offers 6-12 months of one on one help in learning to handle finances and other important things in an organized manner. Anne Strange, of Graceful Spaces, developed this program and has trained a few mentors. Eight people signed up for this assistance and we will need to train additional mentors to keep it going. Please let us know if you are interested in becoming a volunteer.


The pie charts below indicate how our heavy reliance on volunteers keeps our administrative expenses to a minimum. We would love to have additional people join one or more of our volunteer functions. The reward in serving as a volunteer is incredible, it is an opportunity to serve others, feel useful, and increase your friendship group all rolled into one.


Mark your calendar for FISH Fling 2014, our primary fund-raising event, which will take place on April 26, 2014!


Most sincerely, 

Janet L. Hyman


Fall Concert


The Fall concert to thank FISH volunteers and donors was held
in October at Dominion Electric Power in Herndon. In addition to excellent food provided by the Board of Directors, the 50 attendees were entertained with outstanding music provided by Beverly Cosham and Felicia Kessel Crawley.

FISH Financial Report



 Budget 2013


The Fiscal year for FISH is July 1 to June 30 and for the year that ended in June 2013, pie charts for Income and Expenses are shown above. FISH helped 1,962 families, representing 4,946 people this year largely for rent and utilities with smaller amounts for medical expenses, holiday baskets, storage fees, food and gasoline.

Annual Meeting



The Annual Meeting for FISH was held in July at the Reston Interfaith Offices (now Cornerstones) on Sunset Hills Road, which also houses our new FISH office. After a dinner provided by the Board of Directors, about 30 volunteers and guests participated in a meeting about the current and future activities of FISH. At the meeting Chris Griffin presented a check to FISH President Janet Hyman for the proceeds of the Dulles Regional Chamber of Commerce Golf Tournament, that were donated to FISH. The tournament was arranged by Don Owens, a longtime FISH supporter and instructor of our Financial Workshop.


President - Janet Hyman 

Executive Director - Gale Napoliello 

Newsletter Managing Editor - Mary Jo Baedecker   


FISH is a member of the following campaigns: 


United Way Campaign No. 8359

UW Logo

Combined Federal Campaign No. 83534

 CFC Logo

Volunteer Spotlight



Jim O'Donnell

Jim has been taking FISH clients to medical appointments for approximately three years. He formerly was a FISH volunteer at the Bargain Loft, repairing and pricing electronic equipment. He made the switch to driving because of a desire to work more closely with people in the community, a decision which has been more than validated by his experiences over the years. It's obvious to Jim and others working with the Driving Program that it meets a very real need in both Herndon and Reston. For a number of the Program clients, it can literally mean the difference between getting to see their doctors or not. In addition, it can provide clients with an assurance that they are being served by caring, dependable people who are there to remove one of the many obstacles to their getting needed medical services.


Thanks to Our Major  Supporters

Thanks to the following groups and individuals for contributions of $1,000 or more recently to FISH

Frank J. Abrams, Jr.

America's Charities

Nancy and David Cary

Tony and Marcia Di Trapani

Janet Hyman

Evea Newsom

Larry and Mary Kay Stine

The Closet in Herndon

United Christian Parish

United Way of the National Capital Area

RealNetworks Foundation  


"Panic Attack!"

   Bradley Farm Haunted house
 Once again, the Bradley Farm Haunted House will be open to children and adults brave enough to enter! Located at 13159 New Parkland Drive, Herndon 20171, tickets are $5. It will be open rain or shine on Friday October 25 from 6 to 10 pm and Saturday, October 26 from 1-5 pm for smaller kids and again from 6-10 pm. Refreshments are available. All proceeds benefit FISH. Be brave and show your support!

For the Holidays

Food Baskets

Fish will once again provide about 300 food packages during November and December for families in need in our community. In addition to food, the Christmas packages will contain gifts or gift cards for each child or young person in the family. Please consider contributing by - dropping off canned goods at the Bargain Loft at 336 Victory Drive, Herndon, VA 20170 or by mailing gift cards to the same address from Target, Walmart, Best Buy, iTunes, or Barnes and Noble (in $15, $20 or $25 increments) for the children's gifts. Unwrapped new toys appropriate for ages 2-12 can be donated to the Bargain Loft between November 12 and December 12; the toys must be marked "for the food baskets".Another way to volunteer is to stand in front of Safeway or Giant for a 2 hour shift from 11-5 pm November 9 and 16 to ask patrons for donations of canned goods. We would enjoy having young people 9 or older to help with the food drives along with their parents.


To sign up to help with the food baskets, please use the links below for adults:


for tweens and teens:



Bargain Loft

As you unpack your holiday decorations, please remember to donate unwanted items to the Bargain Loft at 336 Victory Drive in Herndon. The Bargain Loft Christmas Store will open Tuesday, November 26 and, as always, it will be beautifully decorated for the holidays and display many bargains for shoppers. The Loft will have a 50% off sale starting November 9 to make room for the holiday merchandise. 


Michelle De Cou-Landberg

FISH regrets the death of Michelle De Cou-Landberg, who was President of FISH from 1982-1985 and was honored at the 2006 FISH Fling for her service as past president. She volunteered for 7 years in the capacity of furniture coordinator and was the Thanksgiving basket coordinator for FISH. Michelle and her husband Erik have been yearly Fling sponsors with the Fran and Jim Grady Founders Group. Michelle was instrumental in setting up ESOL in FairfaxCounty elementary schools and in 1986 was honored as Reston Citizen of the Year. She was a wonderful, giving person who will be missed. 


  Volunteers are needed to:


-work at the Bargain Loft as cashiers or sorting merchandise.


-help with Family Assistance to receive telephone calls and process the information.


-drive those in need  to medical appointments.


To volunteer call 703-391-0105 and leave your name and contact information.

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