Celebrate the sea­son with The Fresh Air Fund

The Community Connection - - LOCAL NEWS -

Sum­mer is upon us and you still have the chance to make it mem­o­rable for a New York City child.

Each sum­mer, nearly 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. By volunteering as a host fam­ily in Mont­gomery County, you can help give a child a break from the heat and noise of the crowded city streets while en­joy­ing your own backyard! The Fresh Air Fund is cur­rently seek­ing more fam­i­lies to give in­ner-city chil­dren a Fresh Air ex­pe­ri­ence this sum­mer.

“The sim­ple camp­fires that we had in our back­yards in the evenings turned into spe­cial mo­ments when our Fresh Air child’s face lit up with cu­rios­ity and en­thu­si­asm as we made s’mores and hot­dogs,” said a Fresh Air host mom.

The Fresh Air Fund, an in­de­pen­dent, not-for-profit agency, has pro­vided free sum­mer va­ca­tions 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.

For more in­for­ma­tion on host­ing a Fresh Air child, please con­tact Ethel Kane at 570-573-1930 or visit <www.fre­shair.org>.

NICKI MAT­TOON — THE FRESH AIR FUND

Each sum­mer, nearly 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.

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