Summer vacation is here, but there’s still a chance to make it memorable for a New York City child.
Each summer, more than 4,000 inner-city children visit suburban, rural and small town communities like Weston across 13 states from Virginia to Maine and Canada through The Fresh Air Fund’s Volunteer Host Family Program.
By volunteering as a host family, participants can help give a child a break from the heat and noise of the crowded city streets while enjoying a vacation in your own backyard. The Fresh Air Fund is currently seeking more families to give inner-city children a Fresh Air experience this summer.
“It’s really worth giving a child a new experience. Having the ability to walk out the door and have their feet in the grass is so refreshing,” said one Fresh Air host about her Fresh Air child. “She just enjoyed being in the backyard with us. We kept it very basic and enjoyed laughing together on the porch.”
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. Fresh Air children are boys and girls, from 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 one or two weeks.
Children who are reinvited by host families may continue with The Fresh Air Fund through age 18 and can enjoy extended trips. More than 65% of all children are reinvited to stay with their host families, year after year.
For more information on hosting a Fresh Air child, contact Martha Mintzer of Weston at 203-226-6627 or The Fresh Air Fund at 800-367-0003. Or, visit freshair.org.