Fresh Air Fund: Again a Success

Opinion / Sep. 28, 2017 9:13am EDT

With the dedication and commitment of thousands of volunteer host families, this summer was filled with new experiences and friendships for thousands of children from New York City’s low-income communities.

I would like to recognize our extraordinary Fresh Air volunteers, host families, and supporters in Central Vermont. Fresh Air host families open their hearts and homes, and offer a child an opportunity to see the world through a new lens. In turn, our host families tell us how much they learn and gain from the children they host. Many children return summer after summer and develop lifelong friendships with their host families.

I am inspired by the commitment of our local volunteer leaders, many of whom are also hosts. They volunteer to interview prospective host families, help recruit new families, and plan special activities. Individuals and local businesses generously give their time and donate resources to ensure The Fresh Air Fund’s Friendly Towns Program in Central Vermont is such a success each year.

Since 1877, the Fund has unlocked the limitless potential of more than 1.8 million New York City children from low-income communities. Contact Laura Davidson at 802-728-6456 or visit to learn more about hosting a child through The Fresh Air Fund.

Fatima Shama
Executive Director
The Fresh Air Fund

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