February 6, 2010

The Fresh Air Fund Needs Host Families

I was recently contacted by Sara Wilson, who works with the Fresh Air Fund, a wonderful organization which places city kids from New York with "host" families during the summer months. The majority of these kids come from low-income communities and so spending time away from their home communities with participating families gives them an opportunity to have new and enriching experiences in the suburbs or small town communities...

Sara is very dedicated to her work at the Fresh Air Fund, and I am always happy to do a write up about it on my blog in the hopes that more people will learn about it and hopefully become host families, if they so desire. If you are interested or if you know of someone who may be interested, please do not hesitate to find out more about the Host Family Program HERE. In any case, have a loot at their website to see what they are all about. Such a wonderful cause and a way to give a lot to the children. It's very "refreshing" to know that there are programs like The Fresh Air Fund out there...

Here's a little more about Program:

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 up to two weeks or more in 13 Northeastern states from Virginia to Maine and Canada.

Fresh Air Fund Host Families

"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 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. Volunteers may request the age-group and gender of the Fresh Air youngster they would like to host. 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!

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