The Fresh Air Fund is an outstanding program that has been around since 1877. It is a not-for profit agency that offers New York City youth from disadvantaged communities the opportunity to enjoy free summer experiences outside the city. Since its beginning over 130 years ago, the Fresh Air Fund has provided over 1.7 million children the chance to have a truly memorable summer vacation either through the Friendly Town Program where they get the chance to stay with a host family or Summer Camping where they can join peers at various Fresh Air camps in upstate New York.
Currently the Fresh Air Fund is gearing up to run the NYC Half-Marathon on March 20th. If you’d be interested in participating in this fantastic race there could be a spot on their team for you:
The Fresh Air Fund-Racers NYC Half-Marathon Team
Ready to be a part of one of the world’s best road races? Join The Fresh Air Fund-Racers on March 20th, 2011! The amazing 13.1-mile course takes you through beautiful Central Park, action-packed Times Square and ends with breathtaking finish-line views of the New York City harbor. More than 11,000 runners, of all ages and abilities, finished the NYC Half-Marathon last year, and we are so proud of our very own 2010 Fresh Air Fund-Racers who ran and raised $100,000 for us!
We are calling all runners and Fresh Air Fund supporters to come out and either challenge themselves to run the race or join our cheering squad. The Fresh Air Fund provides runners with guaranteed entry in exchange for fundraising before race day. Entries are limited – please get in touch soon! Please email [email protected] or call (212) 897-8890. Or click here to learn more about how to fundraise for the race!
If participating in the race isn’t something you can do right now, the Fresh Air Fund is also looking for host families to open their home to a child from the city:
Fresh Air Fund Host Families
Friendly Town host families are volunteers who live in the suburbs or small town communities. Host families range in size, ethnicity and background, but share the desire to open their hearts and homes to give city children an experience they will never forget. Hosts say the Fresh Air experience is as enriching for their own families, as it is for the inner-city children. There are no financial requirements for hosting a child. Volunteers may request the age-group and gender of the Fresh Air youngster they would like to host. Stories about real Fresh Air host families and their New York City visitors are just a click away!
Click here to learn more about becoming a host or call 1-800-367-0003.