May 7, 2014

Fresh Air Fund Hosts Needed for This Summer

Fresh Air volunteers are sought to help create another successful summer for children from New York City. Each summer, over 4,000 children visit volunteer host families in rural, suburban, and small town communities across 13 states from Virginia to Maine and Canada.

Host families share their homes and the pure joys of summertime outside of the city with children from New York City. Families find hosting so rewarding that more than 65 percent of all Fresh Air children are re-invited to visit the same host families year after year.

First-time Fresh Air visitors are six to 12 years old and Fresh Air hosts range from young families to grandparents. “The first thing our Fresh Air child did was run barefoot in the grass. It’s always the little things that seem to be so valuable,” says a Fresh Air host.

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. For more information about hosting a Fresh Air child this summer, contact Darlene Plummer at (609) 902-1806 or visit