REGION – In recognition of the Fresh Air Fund’s 142nd summer of bringing together New York City children and volunteer host families in Vermont, Gov. Scott has proclaimed March 20 “Fresh Air Fund Day.” This summer, thousands of volunteer host families will open their homes to children from New York City’s low-income communities, giving them the opportunity to experience the simple joys of summertime!
This year, we are looking for new host families in Vermont. Fresh Air host families simply want to share what they have with New York City children and introduce them to the joys of suburban or country life. Fresh Air host parent Maura said, “You go into it thinking about what you can give back, but what you get out of it is so far beyond what you can even imagine. Everyone discovers new perspectives.”
Families who participate in the Fresh Air Fund’s Friendly Towns Program open their hearts and homes to New York City children for one week in the summer. Fatima Shama, executive director said, “When I speak with the many people whose lives have been impacted by the Fresh Air Fund, I am energized by the inspiring stories that our children, alumni and their families share with us. They tell us heartfelt stories of their Fresh Air summers that highlight the magic in our work of introducing children to new environments, new people, and new experiences. What we do is simple, yet transformative.”
First time Fresh Air children are boys and girls, from seven to 12 years old, who live in New York City. Children who are reinvited by host families may continue with the Fresh Air Fund through age 18 and can enjoy extended trips.
The Fresh Air Fund, an independent, not-for-profit organization, has provided free summer experiences to more than 1.8 million New York City children since 1877. For more information about hosting this summer, please call Michelle Abajian at 802-760-7462 or visit the Fresh Air Fund online at www.freshair.org.