Fresh Air Fund seeking more host families
GREATER SPRINGFIELD Summer vacation, that special time of year for all children, is here and those in Western Massachusetts still have the chance to make it memorable for a New York City child.
Thanks to the many families in Western Massachusetts and throughout 13 northeastern states and Canada, more than 1.7 million New York City children from low-income neighborhoods have enjoyed free summer experiences in suburban and small town communities through The Fresh Air Fund.
The fund is currently seeking more families to give inner-city children a two-week experience this summer. By volunteering as a host family for the Friendly Town program, residents in Western Massachusetts can help give a child a break from the heat and noise of the crowded city streets.
“Being able to run around and be outside is a freeing experience for her,” one Fresh Air host said about her 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.”
To read about the special experiences of other Fresh Air children and hosts, visit www.freshair.org
There are no financial requirements for hosting a Fresh Air child. First-time visitors are 6 to 12 years old, and re-invited youngsters may participate in the Friendly Town program through age 18.
To learn more about hosting a Fresh Air child this summer, contact Lorie Dixon at 567-1890, or call The Fresh Air Fund at (800) 367-0003 or visit www.freshair.org