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Natural Awakenings Greater Boston - Rhode Island

Volunteer Host Families Needed for Fresh Air Fund this Summer

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