Fresh Air Fund Day March 20
In honor of The Fresh Air Fund's 131st Anniversary of serving children, Governor Martin O' Malley has proclaimed March 20 "Fresh Air Fund Day" throughout the state of Maryland.
Families who participate in The Fund's Friendly Town
program open their hearts and homes to New York City
children for 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 Cumberland area to
celebrate the 131st Anniver-
sary of giving youngsters a summertime break from the sometimes dangerous city streets."
First-time Fresh Air visitors are six to 12 years old. Reinvited youngsters can
participate in the Friendly Town program through age 18.
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
over 65% of all Fresh Air
children are invited to visit host families year after year.
Fresh Air hosts range from young families to grandparents, and there is no age-limit. All
it takes is the willingness to open heart and home to a New York City child.
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 volun-teer, call Stephanie Over
814-793-2573, or The Fresh Air Fund at 800-367-0003.