NEW JERSEY – Governor Jon Corzine has proclaimed March 20th “Fresh Air Fund Day” throughout New Jersey in recognition of The Fresh Air Fund’s 133rd summer of serving children and the host families. This summer, The Fund will once again allow thousands of inner-city boys and girls to escape the hot, noisy streets of New York City to enjoy the simple pleasures of summertime fun in the country.
Families who participate in The Fund’s Friendly Town program open their hearts and homes to New York City children for up to two weeks or more in the summer. “By sharing their homes with New York City children, our host families tell us that they gain a new appreciation for their own communities and form relationships that last a lifetime,” says Jenny Morgenthau, Executive Director of The Fresh Air Fund.
“This year, we are looking for new host families in and around the Bergen County, NJ area to celebrate our 133rd anniversary and give youngsters a summertime break from the sometimes dangerous city streets.”
Volunteers simply want to share what they have with city children and introduce them to the joys of suburban or country life. Families find hosting so rewarding that more than 65% of all Fresh Air children are invited to visit the same host families year after year. First-time Fresh Air visitors are six to 12 years old and Fresh Air hosts range from young families to grandparents. All it takes is the willingness to welcome a New York City child to your community.
The Fresh Air Fund, an independent, not-for-profit organization, has provided free summer vacations to more than 1.7 million inner-city children since 1877. For more information about becoming a Fresh Air volunteer host, please call Patricia Titone at 973-214-2269, or The Fresh Air Fund at 800-367-0003. Visit their Web site at www.freshair.org.