Our mission To preserve and maintain the authenticity and character of Fishtown to ensure that this crucial link to Great Lakes maritime tradition and priceless family memories remains a publicly accessible, living history site.
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A volunteer on-site in Fishtown serves as an ambassador for the organization and promotes a positive image/reputation of the organization. They welcome visitors to Fishtown, provide information on programs and events, educate visitors about Fishtown and the Leland community, and communicate the mission of the Fishtown Preservation Society (FPS). In addition, on-site volunteers sell FPS merchandise; gather information about visitors, and collects donations from time to time. A commitment to weekly shifts is preferred; however, fill-in positions are also available. Opportunities are available every day between May-October.
  • Weekly, Monthly
  • 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Indoor, Outdoor
  • Formal
  • Weekdays, Weekends

In the Office

Non-profit organizations depend on behind the scenes work, especially in the office. Come spend a few hours with us in our office. Administrative volunteers help with our database, answer the phone, and help run errands during extra busy times. Office volunteers can also assist in newsletter mailings and getting out fundraising campaign letters. You can join us for the camaraderie it takes to get a successful mailing out the door, whether stuffing envelopes or applying labels.
  • Weekly, Monthly
  • 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Office work, Indoor
  • None, On-site
  • Weekdays, Weekends
How you help If you have been a visitor to Fishtown for years or have just discovered its charms, you can be in the middle of the action! Fishtown depends upon the energy, time, skills, and resources of its volunteers to help ensure the success of preserving this treasured site.
About us Fishtown is a collection of weathered fishing shanties, smokehouses, overhanging docks, fish tugs and charter boats along the Leland River in Leland, Michigan. Once the heart of a more active commercial fishing village, the structures and docks are real places where people can walk through, see and feel a connection to Lake Michigan’s fishing heritage. For the past half-century it has been enjoyed and appreciated by thousands of visitors and regional residents who find the shanties, fish tugs and docks that make up the property a living legacy of our maritime culture.
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