The Cherry Grove Community Association, Inc. (CGCAI) is the Cherry Grove, NY community's only organization devoted to serving the needs of a visiting public and a membership comprised of property owners, seasonal renters, local commercial enterprises and businesses. Its purpose is to take a leadership role in activities and actions that benefit all visitors, residents and business interests of the community, as well as to serve as a unifying force for all community-based organizations devoted to meeting the cultural, civic, environmental, commercial and artistic needs of Cherry Grove.
CGCAI was incorporated in 2001 as a not-for-profit membership corporation under New York State law and as a 501(c)(3) Federal tax-exempt, charity by the Internal Revenue Service.
CGCAI owns and is responsible for the administration and maintenance of two properties for charitable use by the community: the Community House which is used seasonally by the Arts Project of Cherry Grove (APCG), a 501(c)(3) organization, and the Doctor's House which it donates for use seasonally to another 501(c)(3) community organization, the Elmer A. Lindsay Memorial Center, Inc., in exchange for staffing the house with visiting, volunteer physicians who provide first aid to seasonal residents and all visitors.
CGCAI and CGPOA
Unlike other Fire Island communities, CGCAI and the Cherry Grove Property Owners Association (CGPOA) are separate organizations and work on separate activities within the community. As a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization CGCAI can apply for and secure grants of public funds for improvements in the community such as dock maintenance and capital improvements on our two properties. CGCAI also works on shared community issues for the benefit of all community residents (not just property owners), such as ferry service, beautification, noise ordinance compliance, zoning issues, boardwalk maintenance, police protection, beach clean-up, building and other permits, as well as visitor crowd control.
CGPOA, a 501(c)(4) organization, manages the community's interactions and relationships with elected officials and others in local government, including sponsoring fundraising events to support their election. For more on the different missions of the organizations, please contact us for information on the group(s) By-Laws.