Last year I wrote a post about a very special program called The Fresh Air Fund. Although the program isn’t even in my home country, I believe in what this program does for the youth of America. I wish we had a similar program in Canada.
Every year, The Fresh Air Fund gives thousands of inner-city children the priceless gift of fun – and opens the door to a lifetime of opportunities. Whether it’s a two-week trip to visit a volunteer host family, or a fun-filled and educational stay at one of their camps, FA programs make for unforgettable memories – and open a world of new friendships and fresh possibilities.
In 2008, The Fresh Air Fund’s Volunteer Host Family program, called Friendly Town, gave close to 5,000 New York City boys and girls, ages six to 18, free summer experiences in the country and the suburbs. Volunteer host families shared their friendship and homes up to two weeks or more in 13 Northeastern states from Virginia to Maine and Canada.
Although this summer is almost over, there is still time to help Fresh Air Fund children experience the summer they deserve. The program is still in need of host families for the month of August. Host families are volunteers who open their hearts and home to a child from the city to give them a Fresh Air experience that can change lives.
So if you have some extra room in your home and in your heart, why not host a child in August. Teach them how to golf and let them experience that “come back tomorrow” shot that will get them seeking out a First Tee program in their community.
Or donate what you can to help make a child’s summer, a summer to remember.