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The Faith in Service to Humanity (FISH) Fund was started in 1981 by the Interfaith Council of Churches to address widespread problems and concerns church staff were experiencing serving people in need of support. They were looking for a way to be good stewards of limited resources.
Churches decided that services would best be provided through a central location employing social workers to churches that wanted to be a part of equipping people in need with funds to create change.
Social workers are trained to accurately determine and verify needs so that funds can be used more effectively and fairly. Every year the FISH Fund provides tens of thousands of dollars in goods and services to people in the Columbia and Boone County area. The needs of low-income families continue to grow each year.
When an individual comes to your church requesting assistance, refer them to VAC. We can provide the following services when funds are available through the FISH Fund:
Ensures that your church’s charitable giving will be used effectively and efficiently.
Allows church staff to work with social services professionals when assisting those in need.
Ensures that funds are readily accessible for those in need.
Saves time for those seeking assistance by offering multiple resources through one agency.
Avoids duplication of services to those in need by offering assistance at one central location.
Increases overall accountability.
Puts those in need in contact with social service professionals who can provide appropriate information and referrals that will address their underlying needs.
All faith communities and individuals in Boone County are invited to help with this important effort by contributing to the FISH Fund. Together, we can better respond to the needs of the individuals within our community.
Voluntary Action Center
403A Vandiver Drive Columbia, MO 65202