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City Kids Get a Breather

Volunteer families are needed again this year to take a Fresh Air child along for the ride, run through the sprinkler in the grass or take a jaunt around the block with the dog. Welcoming a child to a home for a week or two isn't about planning lots of activities. It's about grass-stained knees and sandy feet, opening our heart and changing a life.

The Friendly Towns Program has been placing underprivileged urban youth with host families for a unique summer experience since 1877. In that time, 1.8 million children have participated in these Fresh Air experiences, where each day is an exploration of nature and journey of discovery. The Fresh Air Fund is more than just an escape from the city. It is an opportunity to unlock New York City children’s limitless potential.”

The nonprofit Fresh Air Fund provides free, enriching summer experiences and academic programs for New York City children year-round. During the summer, children visit volunteer host families along the East Coast and southern Canada, where they learn about new environments and skills that they can bring back to their communities.

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