ABOUT STATEN ISLAND FLEET WEEK
An all volunteer staff enables the group to fulfill it’s mission to provide recreation, morale and support the welfare of the visiting crew-members to the New York City area.
Recently, an educational component was added to our 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. In 2014 over 9,000 school children attended the admission free activities during the designated days of Fleet Week. This year we expect more than 10,000 school children from the tristate area to visit and participate in the various programs. Since all of Staten Island’s high schools accept community service credit from our organization for volunteering students. This also gives the senior class students the opportunity to earn the mandatory required community service points needed for graduation and provides them 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 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.
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 visiting. 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.
Our servicemen and servicewomen work hard everyday to serve us. Now it is our turn to serve them.
Staten Island Fleet Week is not subsidized by any government institution or any corporate entity, we rely solely on donations from our public and visitors for our efforts.
Staten Island Fleet Week was established in 1990 while the Stapleton Homeport was still an active U.S. Naval Base. The organization was incorporated as a 501(c)(3) organization in 1999. At its 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. Unfortunately after 9/11 this program had to be put to a halt due to security concerns.