Share the Beauty of Cape Cod with a Fresh Air Fund Child the Summer

Could you host a child age seven to twelve years old?
Nine-year-old Fresh Air child, Imani, of Brooklyn, and eight-year-old host sister, Jadd, of Hampton Roads, VA, cooled off on a hot summer day with snow cones in the park. (Photo by Suzanne Scarlett-Dieudonne)

Share the beauty of your community with a Fresh Air child this summer! Thousands of families in rural, suburban, and small town communities along the East Coast and Southern Canada open their hearts and homes to New York City children from low-income communities through The Fresh Air Fund’s Friendly Towns Program each year. First time Fresh Air children are boys and girls, ages seven to 12 years old. Children who are reinvited by host families may continue with The Fresh Air Fund through age 18 and can enjoy extended trips. The Fresh Air Fund, an independent, not-for-profit agency, has provided no-cost summer experiences to more than 1.8 million New York City children since 1877.

            There is no such thing as a typical host family; just the desire to share the simple joys of summer with a child from New York City. Fresh Air children enjoy new experiences like swimming in a cool lake, seeing the stars at night, and catching fireflies. Through the eyes of Fresh Air children, host families often share that they rediscover the beauty of their own communities, and say they receive more than they give through the experience.

“I recommend The Fresh Air Fund to everyone I meet. Being from New York myself, I wish I could have been part of this program – it’s priceless! We’ve done so much together. Last summer, the girls went to the beach and rode ponies – which were both firsts for Imani. We are counting down the days until she returns!” shared Suzanne Scarlett-Dieudonne, a Fresh Air host.

            For more information on how you can get involved this summer, contact Debra Burns at 508-287-8703 or visit welcomes thoughtful comments and the varied opinions of our readers. We are in no way obligated to post or allow comments that our moderators deem inappropriate. We reserve the right to delete comments we perceive as profane, vulgar, threatening, offensive, racially-biased, homophobic, slanderous, hateful or just plain rude. Commenters may not attack or insult other commenters, readers or writers. Commenters who persist in posting inappropriate comments will be banned from commenting on