CENTRAL MASS.— It might be the dead of winter, but Fresh Air children already may be looking forward to July, when those inner city youths can experience a New England summer, filled with pools, beaches, picnics, and nights under the stars.
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. Each summer, more than 4,000 inner-city children visit suburban, rural and small town communities across 13 states from Virginia to Maine, as well as Canada, through The Fresh Air Fund’s Volunteer Host Family Program.
“The Fresh Air Fund enriches everybody’s lives; you don’t have to entertain the child, just let him or her be a part of your life," says Nikki, a Fresh Air Fund host.
Children on first-time visits are ages 6-12 and stay for one or two weeks. Children who are re-invited by host families may continue with The Fresh Air Fund through age 18 and can enjoy extended trips. More than 65 percent of all children are re-invited to stay with their host families year after year.
For more information on how you can sign up to become a volunteer host this summer, please contact Theresa Kane at (978) 618-0676; Theresa.email@example.com or The Fresh Air Fund at (800) 367-0003. Additionally, you can find more information online at www.freshair.org.