Guide to the FISH Volunteers Records 1969-1980
Cage 598

Summary Information

Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries
FISH Volunteers Records
FISH Volunteers Records
Cage 598
Date [inclusive]
2.0 containers.
General Physical Description note
1 linear foot of shelf space.
Financial records, correspondence, articles of incorporation and bylaws, and subject files relative to operation of a crisis line, a meals for invalids program, housing referral, and other social services.

Preferred Citation note

[Item Description]. Cage 598, FISH Volunteers Records . Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries, Pullman, WA.

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Biographical/Historical note

In 1970 a group of Pullman women were inspired by a article in the January 1969 Readers' Digest entitled " A Friendly Neighbor Called Fish. This story documented a British church's effort to show neighborly concern via an auxiliary organization with the acronym FISH, an abbreviation for "For Immediate Sympathetic Help." The purpose of this association was to offer emergency assistance to anyone who needed a helping hand but did not know of any person to ask.

The Pullman group learned of other FISH groups in the United States, and decided to form a local association. They called for volunteers and found men, women, and high school and college students eager to help. Like all FISH volunteer groups, this organization began with the goal that the need for their services should disappear when other specialized groups assumed these tasks.

FISH volunteers spearheaded projects including meals-on-wheels for shut-ins, transportation for medical appointments, and a children's clothing exchange. It also helped indigent people by providing them with lodging and meals. The organization maintained a twenty-four hour telephone answering machine that referred callers to an on-duty volunteer who could assist them with their needs.

The Pullman FISH Volunteers disbanded in 1979 when the members saw their mission as completed. For example, a separate meals-on-wheels group existed and garnered support from a number of local churches. In addition, Pullman Child Welfare, initially a church-sponsored concern, took over many of the activities of the children's clothing exchange. Other groups maintained crisis telephone lines and looked after the needs of the infirm.

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Scope and Contents note

The records of the FISH Volunteers consist of checking account statements, financial reports, community resource directories, personal stories about FISH, local and international FISH newsletters, handbooks describing the FISH crisis line, and general correspondence.

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Arrangement note

The folders are alphabetized and arranged as one series.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries © 1982
Terrell Library
P.O. Box 645610
Pullman, WA, 99164-5610

Conditions Governing Access note

This collection is open for research use.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Washington State University acquired the FISH Volunteers records in 1984 (MS 84-46) through Suzanne Myklebust of Pullman.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • FISH Volunteers (Pullman, Wash.) --Archives


  • City and Town Life
  • Public Works
  • Social service --Washington (State)--Pullman
  • Volunteer workers in social service--Washington (State)--History
  • Washington (State)

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Collection Inventory

Box Folder

Account Ledgers, Old National Bank 1970-1976 1979 

1 1

Account Statements, Old National Bank 1970-73 

1 2

Account Statements, Old National Bank 1974-76 

1 3

Account Statements, Old National Bank 1977-79 

1 4

Account Statements, General Telephone (GTE) 1973-77 

1 5

Account Stubs, Old National Bank 1976-77 

1 6

Articles of Incorporation, By-Laws, Tax Exempt Status 

1 7


1 8

Crisis Information 

1 9

Donation Receipts 1970-71 

1 10

Duty Schedules 

1 11

Expense Receipts 

1 12

Financial Reports 

1 13

Fish for help, by Martha Putnam 

1 14

FISH for my People, by Robert Lee Howell 

1 15

A Friendly Neighbor Called 'Fish', by Clarence W. Hall 

1 16

The FISH International Newsletter 

1 17

The FISH Newsletter, Pullman 

1 18

The FISH of Spokane publications 

1 19

High Street Center, Pullman 

2 20

Informational Brochures of Service Organizations 

2 21

KIWANIS Certificate of Appreciation for Evelyn Rodewald 

2 22

Manual for Handling Telephone Calls at Crisis Clinic 

2 23

Meeting Minutes 

2 24

Membership Lists 

2 25

Memorial Service for Dennyce S. Cass 1976 

2 26

Ministers in Nearby Towns 

2 27

National Center for Voluntary Action--information on funding sources 

2 28

Newspaper Articles on FISH Volunteers 

2 29

Organization of FISH, by Mrs. Kemble Stout 

2 30

People Helpers, Whitman County Community Resource Directory August, 1977 

2 31

Physically Impaired Student Services Program Annual Report 1976 

2 32

Pullman from A to Z 

2 33

Pullman Welfare Committee 

2 34

Referral Case Files 

2 35

Referral Directories and Lists 1970-1979 

2 36

Release of Liability for Services Provided 

2 37

Rubber Stamp: "FISH" 

2 38

State of Washington Department of Public Assistance, Application and Guidelines 

2 39

The Story of Fish, Fish International Brochure 

2 40

Washington State Pharmaceutical Association Handbook 

2 41

The Whitman, Asotin, Garfield County Volunteer Times 

2 42

Whitman County Community Resource Directory 

2 43