This Winter We’re Thinking Sunshine! Celebrate The Fresh Air Fund’s 140th Summer

Lori Shaer

During the summer of 2015, ten-year-old Anthony (left), of Staten Island, enjoyed many different outdoor activities with his host siblings, Ben (center) and Madi (right), but his favorite thing to do during his visit was spend time with the Shaer family. Photo Credit: Lori Shaer

Fresh Air summers are filled with children running barefoot through the grass, gazing at star-filled skies or swimming for the first time.

Join volunteer host families in and around the Southwest Coast for our 140th summer, and open your heart and home to a Fresh Air child! Each summer, thousands of New York City children visit suburban, rural and small town communities along the East Coast from North Carolina to Maine and Canada through The Fresh Air Fund’s Friendly Towns Program.

“Edward has truly taught us a lot. We were hoping to give him a fun summer and did not expect anything in return, but he gave us so much. The respect he has, the kindness and sweetness, that is really what stands out about him. Edward has this smile that just made you feel happiness. I could not imagine our summers without him now,” said host mom Erin.

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. Fresh Air children are boys and girls, from seven to 18 years old, who live in New York City. Children who are reinvited by host families may continue with The Fresh Air Fund through age 18 and can enjoy extended trips.

For more information on hosting a Fresh Air child this summer, please contact Nicole Heath at 203-829-8196 or visit The Fresh Air Fund online at