Fishers Island is a community of Volunteers and Non-Profits
The Fishers Island community is very fortunate to have a dedicated volunteer base and active non-profit organizations. To learn more about any of them, please click the organization’s name.
The Fishers Island Community Board (ICB) was formed in 2006, following in the footsteps of years of work by the Fishers Island Civic Association. ICB is composed of representatives from each of the Tax Districts, six elected members (three seasonal and three year-round residents), and a representative from the Island Health Project, Walsh Park, FIDCO, the Utility Company, the 4 tax districts; FI School, Waste Management, Ferry and Fire, and many non-profits. ICB serves in a coordinating role, keeping Island stakeholders apprised of what is happening in the community, and the Town of Southold, and hosts island-wide strategic discussions and monthly meetings.
Fishers Island’s Communications including the FishersIsland.net website, Fog Horn newsletter, and social media serve the Island’s community members and others, on and off the Island. Enjoy exploring this website and subscribe to the monthly Fog Horn at the bottom of this page.
The Fishers Island Community Center housed in a recently renovated former military warehouse provides a hub for a variety of cultural and community events. “Building 98,” as the Quartermaster building was once named, currently holds a year-round café, workout gym, yoga and dance studio, bowling alley, community room, offices, and meeting spaces.
The Fishers Island Conservancy is a nonprofit group that partners with Fishers Island residents, businesses, non-profit organizations and the government to preserve, enrich and enhance the natural resources of Fishers Island and its surrounding waters. Its members are actively engaged on a number of important fronts, including habitat management, water quality, beach clean-up, and mosquito and feral cat control.
The Fishers Island Fire Department was founded in 1927. Approximately 50 active volunteers serve as firefighters, and on the Ambulance Squad including EMTs, MRTs, Sea Stretcher captains and navigators, and work with Fishers Island’s year-round doctor. The Sea Stretcher is solely funded by donations, separate from the FIFD. Learn more about the Sea Stretcher.
The Fishers Island Library, based in a former two-room schoolhouse, features an ever-evolving collection of books and movies. The Library also hosts numerous events, children’s programs and lectures for both the seasonal and year-round community.
The Fishers Island Movie Theater, located across from Officers Row, shows first run movies during the summer season. The prominent brick structure was built in 1932 for use as a military movie theater.
The Henry L. Ferguson Museum, located at the edge of town, holds history, natural history and archaeological collections relating to Fishers Island. There are Permanent Exhibit Galleries for all three collections, plus new featured exhibits that change annually. The Museum also offers a variety of children’s programs, events and lectures to the F.I. community.
Health care is made accessible to island residents and visitors by the Island Health Project (IHP), a vital non-profit organization that funds and manages a medical office near the center of town that has an associated full-time doctor who lives on Fishers Island. IHP hosts the annual HOG Tournament Labor Day weekend.
The Island People’s Project plays a vital role in Island life. This group of volunteers runs the IPP summer day camp, and host the annual Arts and Crafts Fair, House and Garden Tour, July 4th and Halloween Parades, the Christmas Decorating Contest, the Easter Egg Hunt, various Library events, and more. IPP owns and manages both the Ball Field and Dock Beach, the Island’s smallest beach, and provides a lifeguard in the summer season.
The Lighthouse Works brings artists on fellowship to Fishers Island, where they are provided with room, board and studio space. During their stay the visiting artists intersect with the Fishers Island community and students at the School by offering workshops, concerts, classes, readings and gallery displays, depending on their chosen artistic field.
Fishers Island Recreational Path was constructed to provide a safe recreational outlet for cyclists and pedestrians on Fishers Island. To learn more, please visit the highlighted link in green.
Walsh Park was founded in 1982 as a not-for-profit corporation. The mission is “to promote the viability of the year-round community of Fishers Island by creating and maintaining a supply of attractive and affordable year-round housing”.