• The New York Times Close Up with Sam Roberts

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  • Executive Director, Fatima Shama and Fresh Air alumni, Camp Junior Director, Ricky Cruz and Camp Junior Assistant Director, Kayla Paulino on Tiempo

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  • The Fresh Air Fund on News 12 The Bronx

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  • This award-winning opera singer is inspiring inner-city kids to dream big

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    Fatima Shama, Executive Director, The Fresh Air Fund, (left) and Leandra Feliz, (right) mother of Lesandro “Junior” Guzman-Feliz, at announcement of Camp Junior, named in memory of her son, a victim of gang violence. 

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    Camp Junior named in memory of Lesandro “Junior” Guzman-Feliz, Victim of Gang Violence 

    Partnership with New York State Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation; Palisades Interstate Park Commission; Bronx Borough President and The Fresh Air Fund 

    New York CityThe Fresh Air Fund has announced registration is open for Bronx children to apply to attend CAMP JUNIOR, a new camp in Harriman State Park.  In memory of Lesandro “Junior” Guzman-Feliz, 15-year-old victim of gang violence, The Fresh Air Fund in partnership with New York State Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, Palisades Interstate Park Commission, and the Bronx Borough President will welcome children from the Bronx to Camp Junior for summer 2019.   

    The Fresh Air Fund is welcoming families with children, ages 9 to 13, who live in the Bronx to register for free sleepaway camp for this summer.  The goal is to serve 500 children in summer 2019, with a thousand for summer 2020. Information sessions and application assistance will be provided at events held with Bronx community partners. 

    Each year, since 1877, thousands of Fresh Air Fund children from low-income communities throughout New York City enjoy outdoor summer adventures through five overnight camps in Fishkill, N.Y. and visit with volunteer host families along the East Coast and Southern Canada. Over the past 140 years, more than 1.8 million New York City children have benefitted from Fresh Air experiences. 

    Fatima Shama, Executive Director, The Fresh Air Fund, said, “Thanks to New York State Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation and the Bronx Borough President for our partnership and their commitment to Camp Junior.  We are proud and honored to operate Camp Junior in Harriman State Park and be partners in providing opportunities for young people to experience new activities and joys, and provide alternatives to gang activities.  I want to extend our deepest condolences to Junior’s family and offer gratitude to his parents for sharing their son’s legacy in this very special way.” 

    Acting State Parks Commissioner Erik Kulleseid said, “We are grateful for the opportunity to partner with The Fresh Air Fund to build upon Harriman State Park’s long tradition of providing outdoor engagement for children from underserved communities. Rehabilitating Camp Junior will revitalize our youth camp program and continue the mission of investing in our youth by offering a safe, positive recreation environment to learn and explore.”  

    Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. said, “Camp Junior will provide hundreds of Bronx children with an amazing summer experience, and I am proud to have partnered with The Fresh Air Fund and the New York State Department of Parks to make this program a reality. Junior was everything we want our children to be. He was a good student and a member of the NYPD Explorers. He was kind to his parents and his neighbors. His candle was dimmed too soon, but he can be a shining light for generations. Starting this summer, we will give hundreds of Bronx kids a chance to learn by his example. I encourage Bronx parents to register their children for Camp Junior and take advantage of this program.” 

    New York Assembly Speaker Carl E. Heastie said, “For decades The Fresh Air Fund has provided new experiences and outdoor adventures for children from low-income communities across New York City.  The opening of registration for Camp Junior at Harriman State Park marks the continuation of a legacy of leadership and growth. It will also memorialize the life of Lesandro “Junior” Guzman-Feliz, a child taken from this world too soon. By creating facilities like that of Camp Junior, we are introducing outlets that will positively impact our communities while also discouraging gang violence.” 

    The Fresh Air Fund would like to give special thanks to Governor Andrew M. Cuomo for his leadership in ensuring more opportunities are available for children from the Bronx, and thank outgoing New York State Commissioner for Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation Rose Harvey for her leadership and support, and whose vision made this project become a reality.  We thank Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr. for his partnership and commitment to children and families from the Bronx in realizing Camp Junior, and to New York Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie, we thank you for your support and investment in our young people from the Bronx.   

    We want to thank our partners who provided great guidance and legal counsel throughout the process including Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP; Lawyers Alliance for New York; and King & Spaulding LLP.   

    To register Bronx children, please visit www.freshair.org or call 1-800-367-0003, or to apply go to child.freshair.org. 

    To support Camp Juniordonate online at www.crowdrise.com/campjuniortext JUNIOR to 41411 or call The Fresh Air Fund at (212) 897-8900. 

    About The Fresh Air Fund 

    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, thousands of children visit volunteer host families along the East Coast and Southern Canada and at The Fund’s five overnight camps in Fishkill, New York.  Fresh Air children also participate in year-round leadership and educational programs.   


  • Summer Camp Will Honor Memory of Lesandro “Junior” Guzman-Feliz

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  • Governor Cuomo Announces Construction Begins on Camp Junior for Bronx Youth at Harriman State Park

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  • Borough President #SOTBX19: NYCHA, MTA, and Summer Camp for Junior

    Read the full article from This is The Bronx here 

  • Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that construction has begun on Camp Junior

    Read more from AP NEWS here

  • Summer camp for Bronx kids dedicated to Lesandro 'Junior' Guzman-Feliz

    Read the full article from amNewYork here

  • The Fresh Air Fund featured on CUNYTV's Urban U

  • Executive Director, Fatima Shama, on WCBS-FM, WNEW-FM, and WNYL-FM with Bob Salter

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  • Executive Director, Fatima Shama, Interviewed on Power on the Block with Kim Kane

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  • Executive Director, Fatima Shama, interviewed on Metro Focus for their "Chasing the Dream" Initiative

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  • The Fresh Air Fund was thrilled to join Nasdaq to ring the closing bell on July 17, 2018.

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  • Executive Director, Fatima Shama and Fresh Air Alumna, Stephanie Rivera on Tiempo

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  • Executive Director, Fatima Shama on WLTW

  • Executive Director, Fatima Shama, at the Camp Departure on July 9, 2018, on Fox 5

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  • Fresh Air children departure for Friendly Towns on WCBS 880 Radio

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  • Executive Director, Fatima Shama, and Fresh Air Fund Alumnus, Alexis De La Rosa, on CBS

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  • Fatima Shama on Spectrum News NY 1

    Fatima Shama, Executive Director, spoke with Pat Kiernan of Spectrum News NY 1.

    "Children deserve to be children. For many of our kids, living in communities that are under-resourced and may not have all the green space, or the simplicity of playing in that safe space, parents make a choice. They say safety, or outside, or cost... but we're here to provide that option. We have for over 140 years." - Fatima Shama

    Watch their interview 

  • Fatima Shama and Israel Dudley on NASH Matters

    Fatima Shama, Executive Director, and Israel Dudley, former Fresh Air Fund child, spoke with Tiffany Marie of NASH Matters.

    Listen to their interview here.

  • Fatima Shama on ESPN New York 98.7's New York Sports and Beyond

    Fatima Shama, Executive Director of The Fresh Air Fund, spoke to ESPN New York's Larry Hardesty. Now is the time for New York City families to sign up!Listen to their interview here.

  • Fatima Shama on WFAN Sports Radio 66AM & 101.9 FM New York

    Fatima Shama, Executive Director of The Fresh Air Fund, spoke to CBS New York WFAN's Bob Salter about the experience of Fresh Air Fund participants and volunteers, and how The Fund addresses the summer learning gap many New York City children face.

    Listen to their interview here.

  • Executive Director, Fatima Shama and COSS Manager, Maria Mejia speak about The Fresh Air Fund on Noticias

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  • Fatima Shama on NPR's Here & Now

    Fatima Shama spoke with Here & Now's Robin Young. Listen to their interview here.

  • Ice Skating with Free Country and Olympic Medalist Nastia Liukin

    The Fresh Air Fund partnered with Free Country to host a night of ice skating at the Rink at Bryant Park.

    Hosted on Tuesday, December 19th, the event included sliders, cookies, Olympic athlete meet-and-greets, and ice skating for over 100 children and their families.

    Free Country created a limited-edition T-shirt featuring the brand’s new advertising slogan — #GetOutThere — with 100 percent of the proceeds going toward The Fund. The company has also guaranteed a minimum donation of $25,000. Free Country chief executive officer Ira Schwartz said, “This is our way of giving back to kids who might not otherwise have the opportunity to go skating.”

    Read the entire article here.

    Photo credit: Getty Images

  • Fatima Shama on CBS New York's WFAN

    Fatima Shama, Executive Director of The Fresh Air Fund, spoke to CBS New York WFAN's Bob Salter about The Fund's history, camps, year-round programs, and Friendly Towns program.

    "The academic school-year provides structure. Summertime for many children is without structure. And sometimes is without any opportunity to see other things. In the summer, we have learned that for children, in particular in low-income communities, their disconnect from any academic experience results in their learning losses. So when they go back to school in September, teachers are spending a month or two reteaching what happened in May or June to get kids on-par to move forward... The summer is really a chance for kids - ALL kids - to have exploration, to feed those curiosities, to see new things, to learn new words, and so for us at The Fresh Air Fund, we really see that as integral to what we do."

    Listen to their interview here.


  • Fatima Shama and Alexis De La Rosa on NBC New York's Visiones

    Fatima Shama, Executive Director of The Fresh Air Fund, and Alexis De La Rosa, former Fresh Air Fund child, spoke to NBC New York's Visiones about how participating in The Fund's Friendly Towns Program helped Alexis land a full tuition scholarship at Middlebury College.

    “Before going into the program, the things I did over the summer were very limited, but the minute I entered this program … we were doing things like playing tennis, going to a swim club and reading books. It was so different, and I carried that with me when I got back (to New York City.) ... I’m at Middlebury College studying theater and am pre-med on a full tuition scholarship, and right now over the summer I’m at Columbia taking pre-med classes.” – Alexis Dela Rosa

    “What starts out over the summer, can blossom year-round and can truly transform the trajectory.” – Fatima Shama

    Watch their interview here.

  • Fatima Shama on 98.7FM ESPN New York

    Fatima Shama, Executive Director of The Fresh Air Fund sat down with 98.7FM ESPN New York's Bill Daughtry to talk about the many opportunities The Fund provides NYC children.

    "The Fresh Air Fund provides real opportunities for children to have a summer where they can be children, be comfortable, be free, explore, find new ways of meeting friends, meeting adults, but more than anything, have a chance to enjoy a real summer treat." - Fatima Shama

    Listen to their interview here.

  • Fatima Shama on WCBS FM 101.1

    Fatima Shama, Executive Director of The Fresh Air Fund sat down with WCBSFM 101.1's Deb Gordon to talk about the many opportunities The Fund provides NYC children.

    “Children have an opportunity to experience and be exposed to communities outside of New York, meet people who have committed to going through a rigorous process of review and background checks and home inspections." "Kids come to us during the school year for after-school tutoring, job shadowing, and then there is one awesome career fair every year that we host, and then students are invited  to come back and stay with us through a college connections program.”

    Listen to their interview here.

  • Fatima Shama on 106.7 Lite FM

    Fatima Shama, Executive Director of The Fund sat down with 106.7 Lite FM's Haneen Arafat. "Today, The Fresh Air Fund children continue to represent the city's culturally diverse neighborhoods..." "...60% of New Yorkers are either immigrants or the children of immigrants." "We offer an opportunity to invite children to be outside, to be children, to be safe and comfortable, and to actually experience, maybe sometimes what their parents experienced as new arrivals to New York."

    Listen to the interview here.

  • Fatima Shama and Alexis De La Rosa on ABC7's Tiempo

    Fatima Shama, Executive Director of The Fresh Air Fund, and Alexis De La Rosa, Former Fresh Air Fund child, sat down with Joe Torres on ABC7's Tiempo to discuss how The Fresh Air Fund changed the trajectory of Alexis's life and how parents can register their children for Fresh Air summer programs.

  • Fatima Shama on NY 1

    Fatima Shama, Executive Director of The Fresh Air Fund, spoke with NY1's Rocco Vertuccio about The Fresh Air Fund's summer programs. Watch their interview here!

  • Fatima Shama on NBC NY Visiones

    Register your child for a program, sign up to be a volunteer host family, or make twice the impact on Fresh Air children!

    Fatima Shama, Executive Director of The Fresh Air Fund, and Aracelis Lucero, Executive Director of Masa, sat down with Lynda Baquero for Weekend Today NBC New York Visiones to discuss our partnership with Masa and how parents can register their children for our free, safe, and fun Fresh Air summer programs.

    You can watch the interview here.

  • The Fresh Air Fund Rings the Nasdaq Closing Bell!

    WOW! What an incredible day spent with our friends Nasdaq MarketSite!

    Fatima Shama, Executive Director, rang the Closing Bell today along with two Fresh Air campers and students in our College Connections Program, Jalilah and Okheem, along with College Connections Program Coordinator, Michael Mudho, and Fresh Air Fund Board Member and Vice President, LizAnn Eisen.

    THANK YOU to everyone at Nasdaq who made today possible - we are so grateful for your support!

    (Photos by Courtney Rung)




  • 27th Annual Career Fair

    Our 27th Annual Career Fair, which was on March 5, 2016, was a HUGE success! Career Awareness Program students took part in career workshops that were led by incredible volunteers. The children learned about architecture, fashion styling, law, social media marketing, and more!

    The event wouldn't have been possible without the support of our generous host Con Edison, our inspiring volunteers, and our dedicated staff. Thank you to everyone! 

    Learn more about this event.

  • Help us reach our goal!

    The moment a child steps onto the bus to Fresh Air camp, their life is changed forever. It's the start of an amazing journey that opens doors for thousands of children from New York City's low-income communities. 

    Please join us in kicking off the Countdown to Summer by helping us reach our $225,000 goal. 

    Your gift of $21 will provide a round-trip bus ticket to camp and will send a child on their way to a summer full of new experiences and adventures.

    Whether learning to swim, building a campfire for the first time or climbing to new heights on the ropes course, a Fresh Air summer gives a child a new perspective. It gives them an opportunity to make friends, develop confidence, and learn skills which will last a lifetime.

    A child's Fresh Air journey begins with you. Your gift will give a child the chance to reach their full potential.


  • Volunteer Mentor Inspires NYC Kids

    Mike Hiney, a volunteer mentor in The Fresh Air Fund's College Connections Program shared his experiences with us and just how critical the program is in helping New York City kids prepare for college.

    "It's been a real transformation. I remember first seeing my mentees when they were juniors in high school and they were so overwhelmed with all the requirements for college, PSAT, SAT, college application essays and financial aid forms. Now, you can see they have gained confidence. They also may have started off thinking they wanted to go to a specific school, or declare a specific major, but they are now fully exploring what's available to them at college. They've become much more self-aware and are maturing right before your eyes. They are much more independent and they are doing really great work. I couldn't be prouder. At the College Connections Program Reunion Brunch for the college students home from school, you could see how many students had left the city and have gone outside their comfort zones. It's impressive to see that these students have been able to branch out so far and still will always consider The Fresh Air Fund home."

    A New York City child's journey through The Fresh Air Fund can begin with your help


  • 14th Annual Sugar Maple Celebration

    Join us on March 18, 2017 from 10am - 4pm at Sharpe Reservation for our 14th Annual Sugar Maple Celebration! 

  • Celebrate #CampTShirtDay

    Today is "International Wear your Summer Camp T-Shirt Day" and we want you - our incredible camp staff - to celebrate with us!

    It's easy...

    Take a selfie in your favorite Fresh Air Fund camp shirt, include your favorite camp memory and share it on social media using #CampTShirtDay #FreshAirFund on your social media accounts. 

    Our talented camp staff help provide eye-opening and enriching experiences for thousands of New York City children each summer. Are you interested in joining us for summer 2016? Learn more.

  • Cabot Creamery Farm Event

    This summer has been incredible for a number of reasons...and we've been especially lucky to partner with Cabot Creamer Cooperative! Our new friends at Cabot Creamery have joined us for our 139th summer and have a number of ways to support our amazing volunteers.

    On July 27, 2015, Mark and Tamma Duffy hosted a group of volunteer host families and their New York City visitors at their beautiful dairy farm, Great Brook Farm located in Carlisle, MA. After a hands-on tour of the farm and getting to pet the adorable animals, families and children were treated to delicious Mac n' Cheese provided by Cabot's Gratitude Grille, as well as ice cream for dessert! 

    The evening was absolutely spectacular and everyone left inspired, informed and truly impacted by the wonderful work of the Duffys, The Cabot Gratitude Grille, the Cabot Farmers, and all those at Cabot Creamery. It was definitely an evening to remember and our hearts have been warmed thanks to this wonderful new friendship. Thank you to all involved for making this possible for our families and children! We're so grateful. 


    Cabot Creamery Cooperative has been in continuous operation in Vermont since 1919, and makes a full line of cheeses, yogurt, sour cream, cottage cheese and butter. Widely known as makers of “The World’s Best Cheddar,” Cabot is owned by the 1200 dairy farm families of Agri-Mark, the Northeast’s premier dairy cooperative, with farms located throughout New England and upstate New York. Cabot Creamery Cooperative is the world’s first cheese maker and dairy cooperative to achieve B Corporation Certification, a validation of its attention to environmental and social impacts on stakeholders.



  • Annual Volunteer Host Family Photo Contest

  • Fatima A. Shama Named Executive Director of The Fresh Air Fund

    The Fresh Air Fund today announced that Fatima A. Shama will succeed Jenny Morgenthau as Executive Director of The Fund effective July 15, 2015.

    William P. Lauder, Chairman of The Fund's Board, thanked Jenny Morgenthau for her years of commitment to The Fund, saying, "During her 32-year tenure Jenny continually strengthened The Fund’s mission and expanded its reach and influence to thousands of New York City children. Jenny leaves some very big shoes to fill, and she will be sorely missed.” In welcoming Ms. Shama, Mr. Lauder stated, “We look forward to the enthusiasm, deep expertise and commitment to community that Fatima will bring to this role.”

    Ms. Shama is currently Vice President of Strategic Development and External Affairs at Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn. Prior to this role, Ms. Shama was the Commissioner of the NYC Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs, a position she held for almost four-and-a-half years. As part of Ms. Shama’s tremendous work as Commissioner, she created Blueprints for Immigrant Integration, an intricate how-to guide put together to help other cities around the world enhance their local immigrant integration efforts through shared successful practices and highlight the immense positive impact immigrants can have on their communities. Prior to that, she served in various positions in Mayor Bloomberg’s administration involving policy roles within education, healthcare and literacy.

    “Fatima is deeply committed to public service, and she excelled at every position she held over her eight years in our administration," said Michael R. Bloomberg, former Mayor of New York City. "Whether she was working to improve healthcare access for limited English proficient New Yorkers, or to increase parental engagement in our schools, or to develop new ways to serve immigrant New Yorkers - and the programs she developed as our Commissioner of Immigrant Affairs became a national model - she never stopped thinking of how to better the lives of New Yorkers. The Fresh Air Fund is lucky to have Fatima as its new Executive Director.”

    Ms. Shama said, "I am grateful for the opportunity to lead an organization that has had such a positive impact on generations of New York City children from low-income communities. As a lifelong New Yorker, I've long admired The Fund’s dynamic work and its committed board, and I look forward to advancing The Fresh Air Fund’s mission of providing unforgettable experiences that expand the development, outlook and imagination of children throughout our City.”

    John Irwin, President of The Fund’s Board and a member of the search committee said, “We believe Fatima will continue and expand the important work of The Fund, particularly its year-round educational and career programs. Fatima has repeatedly demonstrated her commitment to helping the populations served by The Fresh Air Fund and understands how to design programs to meet the challenges they face.”

    “Working with Fatima I learned first-hand that when it comes to New York City’s kids, Fatima is a fierce advocate and creative thinker for opportunities and enhancing the lives of the kids and families in our City,” said Dennis Walcott, former Chancellor of the NYC Department of Education, and former Deputy Mayor for the City of New York.

    Board member and member of the search committee, David Perpich said, “The Fresh Air Fund has been helping change lives for close to 140 years and with Fatima’s unique blend of leadership, vision and deep understanding of New York City’s communities, we believe she will help position the organization for another 140 years of impact. I am excited to be part of the organization as Fatima leads us forward.”

    Before joining the Bloomberg administration, Ms. Shama was the Executive Director of the Greater Brooklyn Health Coalition. Ms. Shama earned a BA from Binghamton University and a Masters in Public Administration from Baruch College’s School of Public Affairs Executive Program. Born and raised in the Bronx, Ms. Shama is the daughter of a Brazilian mother and a Palestinian father, and speaks six languages.

  • Registration open for Fresh Air summers

    We're excited to countdown to summer at the Lutheran Family Support Center Family Fun Festival Saturday, May 16th! Join us and register your child for a Fresh Air Fund summer experience. 

  • 'Fresh Outlooks From a Summer Getaway'

    We're so grateful for this morning's wonderful Editorial in The New York Times on Ricky Cruz, a former Fresh Fund Air participant.

    Pictured, Ricky Cruz (Karsten Moran for The New York Times)


  • Your Support Counts


    "In the Bronx, all you see are airplanes and streetlights…no stars. At camp, I see the stars every night," said a 10-year-old Fresh Air camper. 

    Your support can make a difference in the lives of thousands of New York City children.

    Since 1877, more than 1.8 million New York City children from low-income communities have benefitted from free summer experiences in the country. Last year, close to 9,000 boys and girls visited the homes of volunteer host families in 13 states and Canada, enjoyed Fresh Air camps in upstate New York or participated in year-round educational programs at camp and in New York City.

  • 12 Days of Giving

    We’re honored to have been chosen by the General Assembly as one of the 12 organizations they’re working with that are changing the world.

    During their 12 Days of Giving campaign, we're given the chance to win $10,000 to continue giving our New York City children summers filled with running barefoot through the grass, gazing at star-filled skies, catching fireflies at night or swimming for the first time.

    Your vote can help us provide these life-changing experiences, where each day is an exploration of nature and a celebration of summer. We appreciate your support. 

    Vote for us here →


  • Celebrate #GivingTuesday with us!

    Fresh Air summers are filled with children running barefoot through the grass, gazing at star-filled skies, catching fireflies at night or swimming for the first time. For 138 years, The Fresh Air Fund has given New York City children these life-changing experiences, where each day is an exploration of nature and a celebration of summer.

    Join us on #GivingTuesday on December 2, 2014 - a global day dedicated to giving back – and help make these experiences possible for our Fresh Air children. Charities, businesses, communities, and generous supporters around the world will come together with one common goal: to celebrate the generosity of the season and to give.

    Since 1877, more than 1.8 million New York City children from low-income communities have benefitted from free summer experiences in the country through our programs, which provide children with the pure joy of carefree summer days with volunteer host families or at summer camps in upstate New York. Year-round programs offer adolescents support for educational and career goals.

    Give the gift of summer to Fresh Air Fund children →

    Learn about #GivingTuesday →


  • Host a Child this Summer

    Fresh Air summers are filled with children running barefoot through the grass and gazing at star-filled skies. This summer, we'll celebrate our 138th summer of serving New York City children and what better way to kick off the season than with a brand new host recruitment video? Thank you to Greener Media for creating this beautiful and inspiring recruitment tool. 

  • A Fresh Air Fund Thanksgiving Visit!

    Mary Daly, her husband Robert, and their two children, Matthew, 9 going on 10, Rachel, 19, and Kevin, 23, opened their hearts and home to Zi Bin, of Brooklyn, for the first time this past August, taking part in the simple joys of summer together at their suburban Morris County area home. The Dalys recently welcomed Zi Bin to their home for Thanksgiving, sharing the joys of their community with him during the off-season.

    Zi Bin had met some of the Daly’s extended family during his summer visit, but eight cousins eagerly waited to meet him at Mary’s sister’s house over Thanksgiving. “Zi Bin’s family dropped him off at our house Thanksgiving morning and we left for my sister’s house in Dutchess County, NY. The children played toy cars, air hockey, and video games. Zi Bin met so many new people that day,” recalls Mary. The rest of the weekend was spent at the Dalys New Jersey home watching movies, and making snow globes and rubber band bracelets.

    “We love The Fresh Air Fund and want others to be involved. Zi Bin was able to enjoy so many new things during his two visits. We would like to host again this summer and keep in touch throughout the year with our new friend.”

  • Give the Gift of Summer to New York City Children this Holiday Season

    Celebrate #GivingTuesday with The Fresh Air Fund this holiday season!

    Aniyah felt the cool strands of grass beneath her feet, soared to new heights on the swings with her Fresh Air brother Christian, and splashed in the salty water at the beach. “Christian saw how much enjoyment Aniyah had from all her new experiences and he too became interested in his swing set that he had never played on. And, he even overcame his fear of water! With Aniyah by his side, Christian started to go further into the ocean at the beach. It brought tears to my eyes watching Aniyah enjoy herself and watching my son learn from her. I couldn’t get her off of the swings or inside no matter how hard I tried! She just loved running barefoot in our yard and being outside,” says Fresh Air host Mia.

  • Open your Heart and Home this Summer and Watch Something Amazing Happen

    “It's simple.  It's easy.  You'll be amazed how quickly you can fall in love with these children,” says Jennifer Kreutz-Casto, of Lancaster, NY, whose family has been hosting through The Fresh Air Fund’s Volunteer Host Family Program since 2010. “We have changed and gained more from these kids than I could have imagined. Just the sight of all my children – Fresh Air kids included – playing and laughing like they've known each other forever... it's amazing.”

    We are thrilled that Jennifer has taken on the role of Assistant Fund Representative for the Western New York area and joined our amazing volunteer leaders as they recruit dedicated families to host Fresh Air children this summer.

    “All the children want is to hang out and swim or play with the grass under their feet. I look forward to spreading the word and sharing my experiences about The Fresh Air Fund,” says Jennifer, who is so grateful to the person who mentioned it to her family.  “I remember just thinking: 10 days?  We can do that.  I'm glad we did.”

  • Valesan's Fresh Air Christmas

    “David, my stepson Dalton and I waited until Valesan arrived to cut down our Christmas tree this year,” says Jayne Cahill, of Woolwich, ME. Jayne and David Cahill have been opening their hearts and home to 14-year-old Valesan since 2007 through The Fresh Air Fund’s Volunteer Host Family Program.

    On Saturday, December 22nd, 2012, Jayne, David, Dalton and Valesan went to Green Acre Christmas Tree Farm in Edgecome. “It was just before dark and - as if Mother Nature knew this was a special adventure - it started to snow lightly adding just the right amount of magic to the moment,” Jayne said. “Like most New York children, Valesan was very concerned about his sneakers getting dirty. I always get a chuckle at that.” Valesan and David found the perfect spruce, and after a little instruction and a lot of laughter Valesan cut down his first Christmas tree.

    The following morning Valesan and Dalton did the honors of decorating the tree together as David and Jayne watched. “Dalton has always been great with Valesan, very patient and kind. When Dalton left for college in Florida, we took Valesan with us. It was a huge life moment for Dalton, and it was special that he so willingly shared that with Valesan too,” recalled Jayne.

    The day before Valesan left to go back to New York City, Maine experienced a large snowstorm. “Valesan had never been sledding, so that night - with flashlights in hand - we all went to the local golf course and he had his first sledding experience! He loved it!” said Jayne. “It was really wonderful to have us all together this Christmas, and after spending six summers with us, Valesan is just another member of the family.”

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