June 30th, 2014 marked the beginning of Fresh Air summer experiences for thousands of inner-city children and their volunteer host families as The Fresh AirFund kicked off its 138th summer of serving New York City children. By volunteering as a host family in Northern New Jersey, 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 give inner-city children a Fresh Air experience this summer.
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, over 4,000 inner-city children visit suburban, rural and small town communities across 13 states from Virginia to Maine and Canada through The Fresh Air Fund’s Volunteer Host Family 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,” says a Fresh Air host mom.
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 six to 18 years old, who live in New York City. Children on first-time visits are six 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. Over 65 percent of all children are reinvited to stay with their host families, year after year.