Fresh Air Fund seeks local host families

PLATTSBURGH — The Fresh Air Fund is looking for area families willing to host an inner-city child.

Each summer, more than 4,000 inner-city children visit suburban, rural and small-town communities across 13 states, from Virginia to Maine and Canada, through The Fresh Air Fund’s Volunteer Host Family Program.

The Fresh Air Fund, an independent, nonprofit agency, has provided free summer experiences to more than 1.7 million New York City children from low-income communities since 1877.

Fresh Air children are boys and girls, from 6 to 18 years old, who live in New York City.

Children on first-time visits are 6 to 12 years old and stay for one or two weeks.

Children who are re-invited by host families may continue with the Fresh Air Fund through age 18 and can enjoy extended trips. More than 65 percent of all children are invited to stay with their host families, year after year. 

For more info on hosting a Fresh Air child this summer, contact Mary Sherman at 802-868-2771 or visit

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