Staten Island Fleet Week was established in 1990 while the Stapleton Homeport was an active U.S. Naval Base. The organization was incorporated as a 501(c)(3) organization in 1999. At it’s inception we started as a community based “Adopt-A-Sailor” program, which enabled local families to adopt crew-members for the day and treat them to either a home cooked meal, or visit the sites of New York City.
An all volunteer board and staff enable the group to fulfill our mission to provide recreation, morale and support the welfare of the visiting crew-members to the New York City area. To date, close to 250 military ships have visited the Homeport site since 2000. Fleet Week continues to bring in excess of 30,000 visitors to the event, not including the the crew-members and their families. Fleet Week is an annual event which takes place each year during the Memorial Day holiday.
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During the course of the last few years an educational component was added to the program. This allows school age children to experience first hand the wonders of the ships and their crews. Each year since 2000, the program has flourished and expanded. We started in the year 2000 with 1,000 children. By 2012 over 10,000 school children attended admission free activities during three designated days during the Fleet Week festivities. New York City is the only Fleet Week event throughout the country that allows the ships to be open to the public, and sets aside specific times for students to visit.
Staten Island Fleet Week events are accepted as “Community Service Projects” whereby the visiting crew members give back to the community. New York City Parks Department, Abandoned Cemeteries, pediatric units in local hospitals, senior citizen centers, and veterans’ organizations are just a few who have benefited from the fruits of their labor. In addition, all of Staten Island’s high schools accept community service credit from our organization for volunteering students. This gives the senior class students the opportunity to earn the mandatory requirement needed for graduation and provides then with a sense of community spirit. A scholarship is also awarded each year to a college bound senior based on the community service that he or she performs.
Staten Islanders whole-heartedly anticipate the arrival of Fleet Week each year. It infuses a financial influx into the neighborhood. The crew-members, their families, and the general public who are visiting the site utilize the services of local merchants. Banks, hotels, restaurants, and entertainment establishments generally offer special discounts or courtesies to the military personnel. Veteran’s organizations open their hearts to the crew-members and provide various planned activities. Visiting personnel also participate each year in the annual Staten Island Memorial Day Parade.
Staten Island Fleet Week is an All volunteer organization which receives no financial support of any goverment entity. We rely soley on the contributions and donations of our guests. Since Superstom Sandy in 2012, Staten Island Fleet Week unfortunately has had the dire task of rebuilding from scratch. The storm had wiped out all that we have owned to keep Fleet Week up an operational. We now have to rely on renting storage facilities, tents, tables, chairs and cooking equipment in order for us to continue with our work.
Since this is an all volunteer organization we constantly strive to bring aboard new members to assist us in continuing our good work and encourage all to call us if you are wishing to lend a hand.
Please Contact us if there is anything we can assist you with.