Still time to be a Fresh Air family

The Fresh Air Fund is still seeking more families to give inner-city children a Fresh Air experience this August.

By volunteering as a host family in southwest Connecticut, you can share the pure joys of summer with a Fresh Air child in your own backyard.

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

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 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. More than 65% of all children are reinvited to stay with their host families, year after year.

For more information on hosting a Fresh Air child this August, contact Yvette Eenkema van Dijk at 203-253-9640 or visit The Fresh Air Fund online at www.freshair.org.