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What is FISH?

Herndon-Reston FISH, Inc. is a volunteer, nonsectarian, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization providing Friendly Instant Sympathetic Help to local residents in short-term crises. FISH has assisted Herndon-Reston residents since 1969.

FISH responds to assistance requests for rent, utilities, transportation to medical appointments, furniture, medical items (including prescriptions) and other short term emergency needs. Our goal is to prevent an eviction, keep utilities from being turned off, and help people pay for their prescriptions. We work closely with social workers from Fairfax County, local hospitals and other non-profit organizations.

Herndon-Reston FISH, Inc. operates an Information and Referral Service, funded by a grant from Fairfax County, which provides all callers with information on sources of long and short-term assistance in Fairfax County. Services may be offered by public or private agencies. This hotline also arranges rides for Herndon and Reston residents to and from medical appointments. Volunteers provide the transportation service. Finally, FISH offers Financial Workshops in English and Spanish to help families with financial literacy.

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