The Fresh Air Fund

The Fresh Air Fund is a non-profit agency that arranges for NYC children from low-income communities to vacation for one or two weeks with host families in suburban and rural communities like yours.  We provide vacations for about 4,000 city children each summer through our Friendlytown Program, but many more are turned away because we don’t have enough hosts.   The children in this program are girls and boys between the ages of 6 and 12.   Should you decide to become a host, you will be able to contact your city visitor in advance of his or her visit, and he or she will arrive together with the other children visiting Northern NJ on a charter bus.   Children may also be picked up at the Fresh Air office in midtown.

Being a host is not hard; you simply share your everyday summer activities with one more child.  Fresh Air children run barefoot through the grass, catch fireflies at night, swim in the lake, and gaze at star-filled skies. Through the eyes of Fresh Air children, families often rediscover the beauty of their own communities.  While some children visit for just one summer, others may be invited back to the same home each summer, establishing strong bonds of friendship.

This invitation is being sent to you because we have found that Scout leaders make great hosts!  Why?  Because you are someone who cares deeply about the welfare of all children, not just your own.  You have a commitment to service.  And you are not afraid to take on the challenge of sharing your home with another child for a week.

So as you begin to think about your plans for next summer, please consider opening your heart and your home to a Fresh Air child.  You can learn more about what it is like to be a Fresh Air Fund host family by watching our public service announcement below.  A fact sheet is also attached.

For more information on how you can sign up to become a volunteer host next summer, please contact the Northern NJ Chairperson, Denise DeBernardi, 973.838.7138, or visit


Fresh Air Fund video

Attachments area
Preview attachment FAF fact sheet.pdf