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Volunteer Host Families Needed for Fresh Air Fund this Summer

Mar 30, 2016 11:19AM

Fresh Air children Zion and Brandon were hosted by Donna and Frederick Gordon while exploring Great Barrington.

Each summer, thousands of inner-city children visit suburban, rural and small-town communities across 13 states and Canada through The Fresh Air Fund’s Volunteer Host Family Program. Fresh Air children are boys and girls ages 6 to 18 years old that live in New York City.

Children on first-time visits are 6 to 12 years old and stay for one or two weeks. Children that are re-invited by host families may continue with The Fresh Air Fund through age 18 and enjoy extended trips. More than 65 percent of all children are re-invited to stay with their host families, year after year. 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.

To learn about hosting a Fresh Air child this summer, contact Lelia Bruun at 413-429-7546 or visit

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