Director thanks local Fresh Air Fund host families

I would like to take this opportunity to thank our Fresh Air Fund host families and volunteer leaders in central and southern New Jersey. Because of their dedication and commitment, thousands of children from New York City’s low-income communities participated in our Friendly Towns volunteer host family program this summer.

I am inspired by the heartfelt stories shared by hosts who welcome our children into their homes and community, and the joy and growth it brings to everyone.

For over 140 years, the Fresh Air Fund has brought people together. Children make new friends and forge relationships that can last a lifetime. We have learned that after staying with a host family, children are more confident and more comfortable meeting new and different people. Children tell me about their excitement to return to visit with a host family and all the activities ahead.

Our programs would not be possible without the generosity of our Fresh Air Fund host families, supporters and volunteers in central and southern New Jersey.

Our local volunteers, many of whom are also hosts, interview prospective host families, help recruit new families and plan special activities.

I would also like to thank the individuals and local businesses who give their time and resources to ensure the Fresh Air Fund’s Friendly Towns Program in central and southern New Jersey is such a success each year.

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 in southern Canada.

Please contact Karen Medlin at 732-740-0449 or visit to learn more about hosting a child through the Fresh Air Fund.

Fatima Shama
Executive Director
The Fresh Air Fund
New York City