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If you live in the environs of New York City or New York State, you might want to invite an inner city child to spend part of the summer with your family.
The Fresh Air Fund has been providing country and suburban summer experiences for many years. In 2010, they still need some volunteer host families. Visit http://freshairfundhost.com/ ( or call 800-367-0003) for details.
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, a chance to experience memorable weeks outside their urban setting.
More than 65 percent of all Fresh Air children are reinvited to stay with their host family year after year.
Thanks to host families who open up their homes for a few weeks each summer, children growing up in New York City’s toughest neighborhoods have experienced the joys of Fresh Air experiences.
Visiting the Web site will offer stories from family and their visitors, in addition to details about how to become involved.
Fresh Air Children
Fresh Air children are boys and girls, 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 either one or two weeks.
Youngsters who are re-invited by the same family may continue with The Fund through age 18. Many enjoy longer summertime visits year after year.
A visit to the home of a warm and loving volunteer host family can make all the difference in the world to an inner-city child. All it takes to create lifetime memories is laughing in the sunshine and making new friends.
The majority of Fresh Air children are from low-income communities. These are often families without the resources to send their children on summer vacations.
Most inner-city youngsters grow up in toweing apartment buildings without large, open outdoor play spaces. Concrete playgrounds cannot replace the freedom of running barefoot through the grass or riding bikes down country lanes.
Fresh Air children are registered by more than 90 participating social service and community organizations, located in disadvantaged neighborhoods in the five boroughs of New York City.
These community-based agencies are in close contact with children in need of summer experiences in rural and suburban areas. Each agency is responsible for registering children for the program.
Fresh Air Host Families
Friendly Town host families are volunteers who live in the suburbs or small town communities. Host families range in size, ethnicity and background. They 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.
It should be noted that Volunteers may request the age group and gender of the Fresh Air youngster they would like to host for up to two weeks.
You Might Offer a Child…
Playing in the backyard, laughing in the sunshine, catching fireflies, riding bicyles, learning to swim, running barefoot in grass, looking at stars at night, building sandcastles, making new friends…
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