BRATTLEBORO >> June 30 marks the beginning of Fresh Air summer experiences for thousands of children and their volunteer host families as The Fresh Air Fund kicks off its 140th summer of serving New York City children.
By volunteering as a host family in southeastern Vermont, you can share the pure joys of summer with a Fresh Air child in your own backyard. The Fresh Air Fund is currently seeking more families to apply by July 1 to give children from New York City a Fresh Air experience this August.
Fresh Air summers are filled with children running barefoot through the grass, gazing at star-filled skies or swimming for the first time. Each summer, nearly 4,000 children visit suburban, rural and small town communities along the East Coast from North Carolina to Maine and Canada through The Fresh Air Fund's Friendly Towns Program.
"Being able to run around outside is a freeing experience for our Fresh Air child. I still enjoy watching her face as she takes joy in the simple things, like roasting a marshmallow or jumping into the lake," said a Fresh Air host mom.
There is still time to host a New York City child for an August trip! Apply by July 1st to host this summer. For more information, please contact Tom Kosiba at 802-282-9933 or visit The Fresh Air Fund online at www.freshair.org.
The Fresh Air Fund, an independent, not-for-profit agency, has provided free summer experiences to more than 1.8 million New York City children from low-income communities since 1877. Fresh Air children are boys and girls, from seven to 18 years old, who live in New York City. Children on first-time visits are seven to 12 years old and stay for one or two weeks. Children who are reinvited by host families may continue with The Fresh Air Fund through age 18 and can enjoy extended trips.