Fresh Air host homes sought

The Fresh Air Fund is inviting local families to welcome an inner city child into their homes this summer.

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.

Volunteer families open their homes to children who might not otherwise be able to enjoy a summer away from New York City. Fresh Air children experience simple pleasures like running barefoot through the grass and gazing at star-filled skies.

The Fresh Air Fund, an independent, not-for-profit agency, has provided free summer vacations to more than 1.7 million New York City children from low-income communities since 1877. Fresh Air children are boys and girls, from age 6-18, who live in New York City. Children on first-time visits are ages 6-12 and stay for one or two weeks.

Children who are re-invited by host families may continue with The Fresh Air Fund through age 18 and can enjoy extended trips. More than 65 percent of all children are re-invited to stay with their host families.

For more information on hosting a Fresh Air child, contact Donna Yancey at 376-7023 or The Fresh Air Fund at 1-800-367-0003, or visit