NEW YORK, NY - This summer, share the beauty of your community with an inner-city child while enjoying a vacation in your own backyard! Join thousands of volunteer host families throughout 13 Northeastern states and Canada as they open their hearts and homes to New York City children from low-income communities through The Fresh Air Fund’s Volunteer Host Family program. In 2011, The Fund will celebrate its 135th summer of helping youngsters from New York City enjoy new experiences like swimming in a cool lake and catching fireflies.

“My family is very excited to welcome back our Fresh Air child for a third summer. We get to do all the things we love right here in our community, like swimming and hiking, but with an additional member of the family!” says one host parent. Imagine summertime without making s’mores, playing in the backyard or gazing at the stars. Since 1877, The Fresh Air Fund has provided more than 1.7 million inner-city children with the opportunity to enjoy these simple pleasures.

Take a look at how just two weeks of fresh air and simple summertime fun can help change a child’s life by viewing our video here.  

For more information on how you can make summer special for a Fresh Air child, contact Karen Medlin at 732-308-9355 or The Fresh Air Fund at (800) 367-0003. You can also learn more about the Volunteer Host Family program by visiting The Fund’s Web site at