New York City families throughout the five boroughs may sign up their children for a summertime visit with Fresh Air volunteer host families along the East Coast and Southern Canada or at The Fund’s sleep-away camps in upstate New York.
Registration is still open for the summer of 2017. Harlem community and social service organizations are registering children now including: Harlem Children’s Zone, Harlem Grown, Harlem Hospital, Ice Hockey In Harlem and many more.
Through The Fund’s Friendly Towns Program, children on first-time visits, seven through 12 years old, enjoy a one-week experience with volunteer host families. Children re-invited to the same host families may visit through age 18. At sleep-away camps in Fishkill, New York, girls and boys, ages eight through 15, explore outdoor adventures.
Application Guides for parents are available in Chinese, English, and Spanish, and multi-lingual staff members are available for assistance. For more information about registering your child, please visit www.freshair.org or call (800) 367-0003.
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. Each summer, nearly 4,000 children visit volunteer host families in rural and suburban communities along the East Coast and Southern Canada. 3,000 children attend five Fresh Air camps in the summer on an over 2,000-acre site in Fishkill, New York. Young people also participate in year-round educational enrichment programs at camp and in New York City.
Photo credit: Fresh Air child Eric, age 10, who lives in Harlem, visits volunteer hosts Jacqueline and Justin Lipsky and their family in Wells, Maine.