Monday, October 03, 2011

Fresh Air Fund recruiting host families for 2012

One of my favorite charities, The Fresh Air Fund, makes it possible for boys and girls who reside in low-income communities in New York City to enjoy the experience of spending two weeks of life outside the city each summer. For more info or to be a host family go to

They are boys and girls, six to 18 years old , who live in New York City. Children on first-time visits are six to 12 years old and stay for either one or two weeks. Youngsters who are re-invited by the same family may continue with The Fund through age 18, and many enjoy longer summertime visits, year after year. Sara Wilson, Outreach Coordinator for the Fresh Air Fund, tells me that about 850 children were placed with host families in 13 eastern U.S. states and Canada in 2011.

THE FRESH AIR FUND, an independent, not-for-profit agency, has provided free summer vacations to more than 1.7 million New York City children from low-income communities since 1877. Nearly 10,000 New York City children enjoy free Fresh Air Fund programs annually. This year, close to 5,000 children visited volunteer host families in suburbs and small town communities across 13 states from Virginia to Maine and Canada. 3,000 children also attended five Fresh Air camps on a 2,300-acre site in Fishkill, New York. The Fund’s year-round camping program serves an additional 2,000 young people each year.

If you or someone you know is able to host next summer, please sign up now.

Thanks to host families who open up their homes for a few weeks each summer, children growing up in New York City’s toughest neighborhoods have experienced the joys of Fresh Air experiences. To be a host family go to

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