NEW YORK, NY - Mother’s Day is a special occasion to celebrate the women in our life who take time to care for us, including Fresh Air moms! Many mothers in Central New Jersey take on the role of Fresh Air mom, as they open their hearts to New York City children through The Fresh Air Fund’s Volunteer Host Family Program. The Fresh Air Fund has provided free summer experiences to more than 1.7 million New York City children from low-income neighborhoods since 1877. Each summer, nearly 4,000 inner-city children visit suburban, rural, and small town communities across 13 states from Virginia to Maine and Canada through The Fresh Air Fund’s Volunteer Host Family Program. This Mother’s Day, consider opening your home and sharing new experiences with a New York City child.

“Our Fresh Air child brings new levels of enthusiasm for things in our daily lives. My children can see the experience from someone else’s eyes,” says one Fresh Air host mom. The Fresh Air Fund currently needs your help to celebrate its 136th summer of sharing the simple joys of summertime, like riding bikes, running through a sprinkler or catching fireflies at night.

To learn more about becoming a volunteer host to a Fresh Air child this summer, please contact Karen Medlin at 732-308-9355, or call The Fresh Air Fund at 800-367-0003. You can also visit The Fresh Air Fund online at