Fresh Air children arrive for summer experiences in area
Twenty smiling New York City children boarded buses on June 29, headed for this area, and reunited with their host families as the bus arrived in Bedford. This summer, close to 4,000 children will enjoy a summer outside the city with volunteer host families in 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.
"I’m excited to go swimming and to watch the stars at night. I can’t see them at night in the city!" said Tyrone, 10, about his Fresh Air experiences.
Many volunteer families find their hosting experience so rewarding that more than 65 percent of all children are re-invited to stay with the same host families, year after year.
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 1977. For more information about hosting a Fresh Air child, call Linda Pomeroy at 459-4901, or visit www.freshair.org.