Image Source: The Fresh Air Fund
I don’t typically do posts like this, but after hearing that one of NYC’s oldest non-profit organizations, the Fresh Air Fund, is in need of 1200 volunteer host families this summer, I thought I’d provide you some information in the event you or someone you know would like to participate. If you choose to, please let me know how the experience worked for you and your family, and the child. It would be great to share.
Since 1877, The Fresh Air Fund has provided free summer experiences to more than 1.7 million New York City children from disadvantaged communities. Each year, thousands of children visit volunteer host families outside of NYC. This year they are looking to place these children in 13 states (primarily east coast) and parts of Canada.
Children on first-time visits are 6 to 12 years old and stay for either one or two weeks. The transportation and health insurance (for children without insurance) is paid for by the Fresh Air Fund. They place children in rural and suburban areas to give them an opportunity to experience a world unlike their own, to learn that there are possibilities outside of what they know. This experience has changed the lives of many of these kids by offering them hope and ideas for a brighter future.
Check out the sites below, for more details. If you scroll down on this link, it contains YouTube short clips of stories told by the kids and the host families.
Angela Pender-Fox, Friendly Town Director
Jenny Morgenthau, Executive Director
Kate Brinkerhoff, Public Relations Director
Sara Wilson, Outreach Coordinatorsara@freshair.org
Have a fantastic and safe summer!