Make a gift before June 30th â€“ and two inner-city children's lives will be changed forever!
In 2009, The Fresh
Air Fund's Volunteer Host Family program, called Friendly Town, gave close to 5,000
New York City boys and girls, ages six to 18, free summer experiences
in the country and the suburbs. Volunteer host families shared their
friendship and homes FOR up to two weeks or more in 13 Northeastern states
from Virginia to Maine and Canada.
The Fresh Air Fund relies on donations to provide memorable summers to NYC children.
The Fresh Air Fund needs hosts for the summer of 2010.
More than 65% of all Fresh Air children are reinvited to stay with their host family, year after year.
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.
"It is rewarding to see the smile on our Fresh Air child's face as she enjoys the simple things we take for granted..."
Friendly Town host families are
volunteers who live in the suburbs or small town communities. Host families range in size,
ethnicity and background, but share the desire to open their hearts and
homes to give city children an experience they will never forget.
Hosts say the Fresh Air experience is as
enriching for their own families, as it is for the inner-city children.
There are no financial requirements for hosting a child.It should be Volunteers may request the age-group and gender of the Fresh Air youngster they would like to host for up to two weeks. Stories about
real Fresh Air host families and their New York City visitors are
just a click away!
Click here to learn more about becoming a host or call (800) 367-0003!
"We made s'mores and hot dogs over the fire. I've never cooked outside before!"
Fresh Air children 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. A visit to the home of a warm and loving volunteer host family can make all the difference in the world to an inner-city child. All it takes to create lifelong memories is laughing in the sunshine and making new friends.
majority of Fresh Air children are from
low-income communities. These are often families without the resources
to send their children on summer vacations. Most inner-city youngsters
grow up in towering apartment buildings without large, open outdoor
play spaces. Concrete playgrounds cannot replace the freedom of running
barefoot through the grass or riding bikes down country lanes.
Fresh Air children are registered by more than 90 participating social service and community organizations located in disadvantaged neighborhoods in the five boroughs of New York City. These community-based agencies are in close contact with children in need of summer experiences in rural and suburban areas. Each agency is responsible for registering children for the program.
What do Fresh Air children enjoy?
- Playing in the backyard
- Laughing in the sunshine
- Catching fireflies
- Riding bicycles
- Learning to swim
- Running barefoot through the grass
- Gazing at the stars on moonlit nights
- Building sandcastles
- Making new friends
- Simple pleasures of life away from the inner-city
Learn how two weeks can change a child's life forever.
You can give a
child the experience of a
lifetime with your gift to The Fresh Air Fund!
Every year, The Fresh Air Fund gives thousands of inner-city children the priceless gift of fun – and opens the door to a lifetime of opportunities.
Whether it's a two-week trip to visit a volunteer host family, or a fun-filled and educational stay at one of our camps, our programs make for unforgettable memories – and open a world of new friendships and fresh possibilities.
We are a not-for-profit agency and depend on tax-deductible donations from people like you to keep our vital programs flourishing.
Congratulations to our 2010 Fresh Air Fund-Racers who ran in the NYC Half-Marathon and
raised $100,000 for Fund programs! On March 21st, the Fresh Air Fund-Racers joined 15,000 other runners and thousands of fans on the 13.1-mile course through the streets of Manhattan. Thank you to our dedicated Fund-Racers who worked incredibly hard to both train and fundraise for The Fresh Air Fund. The race wouldn't have been the same without their smiling faces on
If you'd like to donate to our half-marathon team, please visit http://freshair.kintera.org
of if you have any questions about the race, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (212) 897-8890. We're recruiting for our 2011 team! Join us today!
Over the past four years as a NY Road Runners charity partner for the NYC Half-Marathon, our 325 Fund-Racers have raised close to $400,000 for The Fresh Air Fund!
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. In 2008, 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.
Learn how two weeks can change a child's life forever.
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