Herndon-Reston FISH, Inc. is a 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. Work is performed by a small staff and many talented, enthusiastic volunteers.
Every year, FISH strives to help thousands of people in all demographics in predominantly very low income levels. FISH responds to requests for rent, utilities, medical items and prescriptions, household items, and other short term emergency needs. We help to keep people in their homes with necessary utilities, and ensure they have necessary medicine when they get hurt or sick. We work closely with social workers from Fairfax County, local schools, hospitals and other nonprofit organizations.
Herndon-Reston FISH, Inc. operates an Assistance Phone Line at (571) 267-2980 to receive requests for assistance. We also accept direct referrals electronically from Fairfax County. Everyone we assist is invited to attend a Financial Literacy Class on basic budgeting and money management. If a client wants additional financial mentoring, we offer it as a longer term program.
FISH manages and operates The Bargain Loft – a thrift store providing affordable shopping to the community and fundraising for local residents in short term crises. Finally, FISH supports healthy nutrition through SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) at the Herndon Farmers’ Market, and provides hundreds of holiday food and gift baskets to people in need.
Robert Reed, President
Janet Hyman, Vice President
Mary Jo Baedecker, Vice President
Jack Gazlay, Treasurer
Karen Stevens, Secretary
Emergency Assistance Manager:
Bargain Loft Managers: