Fresh Air looking for local hosts
BARRE — The Fresh Air Fund, a program designed for inner city children in New York City to experience a cleaner environment, is looking for additional families to host children for the program this summer.
Each summer, the initiative helps over 4,000 inner city children visit suburban, rural and small town communities across 13 states from Virginia to Maine and Canada through living with host families.
The fund is an independent not-for-profit agency, and has provided free summer experiences to more than 1.8 million low-income New York City children since 1877. Participants in the Fresh Air Program range from 6-18 years old.
Children on first-time visits are six to 12 years old and stay for one or two weeks. Children who are invited to return by host families can continue with The Fresh Air Fund through age 18 and can stay a longer period of time. Over 65 percent of all children are invited for a return visit with their host families.
For more information on hosting a Fresh Air child, contact Erica Zimmerman at 802-595-5628 or visit The Fresh Air Fund online at www.freshair.org.
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