The holiday season is the perfect time for Greenwich families to think about becoming a volunteer host family to a New York City child. Last month we featured a local Fresh Air Fund host and volunteer Nicole Heath, whose children attend school in Greenwich. There was a great response, but host families are still needed for next summer.
If you missed the article, please consider hosting a child for a week or two. Each summer, close to 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 for summer 2015, the spirit of the holidays can continue in your home throughout the year.
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. Through the eyes of Fresh Air children, families often rediscover the beauty of their own communities.
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 on hosting a Fresh Air child next summer, please contact local mom Nicole Heath at 203-829-8196 or visit The Fresh Air Fund online at wwwTheFreshAirFund.org.
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