December 1, 2009

The Fresh Air Fund


In case you haven't heard about the Fresh Air Fund, I suggest you take a look at their website HERE and learn what they are about. I first learned of them last year, when I was contacted by Sara Wilson, the Outreach Coordinator, to ask if I was interested in sharing The Fresh Air Fund with my readers. I did a blog post about this wonderful program and now I am posting again to let people out there know what a amazing program this is! The program is set up to provide New York City children from low-income communities with fun and memorable summertime experiences. It reaches out to the most needy families to give them a chance to discover new sights and scenes, to make new friends and to experience something new while having fun!
The Fresh Air Fund is an independent not-for-profit agency which has been providing free summer vacations to more than 1.7 million New York City children since 1877! Their numbers have soared up to almost 10,000 children annually! This is AWESOME!!
In 2009, close to 5,000 children visited host families in suburbs and small town communities across 13 States from Virginia to Maine and Canada. Three thousand children also attended five Fresh Air camps on a 2,300-acre site in Fishkill, New York.

Contact information:
Angela Pender-Fox, Friendly Town Director
APenderfox@freshair.org

Jenny Morgenthau, Executive Director
(212) 897-8898

jmorgenthau@freshair.org

Kate Brinkerhoff, Public Relations Director
(212) 897-8890

kbrinkerhoff@freshair.org

Sara Wilson, Outreach Coordinator
sara@freshair.org

*Picture taken from The Fresh Air Fund's website.

3 comments:

Michelle Dawn said...

This sounds like a wonderful organization. I'll have to check out the site soon.

Nadege said...

I have a lot of catching up to do. Happy belated birthday! Your tribute to your Mom was beautiful. I can only imagine how hard it is even after 4 years.

Leesa said...

Hi Michelle,

Yes, a very worth-while cause!

Hi Nadege,

Thanks for stopping by and catching up... I hope all is going well with you.. Thanks for the belated b-day wishes.. and yes, even after 4 years.. it's still hard! Thanks for your kind words! bizzz, Leesa