Fishing for Families in Need (F4FN) has two purposes:
The first is to provide on going fishing clinics to socioeconomically disadvantaged children during the school year and summer programs in certain locations. In these classes, experienced volunteers teach the children the basics of the sport. The material covered ranges widely from such practical skills as knot tying to more didactic topics, like conservation laws and practices. We use the sport of fishing as a mechanism to engage and interest children to want to learn more about aquatic ecosystems.
At the end of the sessions often ranging 8 weeks, a graduation party, hosted at either a local pier or lake, depending on the location of the particular program, allows the students to apply their new knowledge to real, hands-on fishing. This unique experience, usually a first for many of the kids, is followed by a catered meal at which certificates and new fishing equipment are gifted to each graduate. Our intent is to enhance these children's lives by imparting on them skills and virtues that will help them surmount obstacles and will empower them in their daily lives, thereby raising their self-esteem and bringing them one step closer to self actualization.
The second goal of the organization is to provide local soup kitchens with fresh, deep-sea fish. Those in need can seldom afford this incredibly valuable protein source, and, more often than not, they are the ones who need it most in order to supplement nutrient-deficient diets. We here at F4FN recognize this dilemma and believe everyone deserves a nourishing meal, so we gather donations from local fishermen and tournaments. Volunteers gut, clean, and filet the fish, which is then dropped off at local soup kitchens, where it is cooked and served.
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