Fresh Air Fund
ATTENTION! Families who want to become involved in Orphan Care and are open to hosting foster children for 1-2 weeks THIS SUMMER! Here is a unique opportunity! Also, this is a great chance to show the love of the gospel to some children that may not have a chance to hear it otherwise. Host families are those in the NE region of the US. Scroll down to read more!
If you have been around here a while, you'll notice we blog about a bit more than our adoption process. I like to highlight other friends who are going through the process when they have fundraisers going on, or mention organizations like BigHouse who are advocating for foster families, or our church Orphan Care ministries. I was delighted when Fresh Air Fund contacted me to blog about the amazing ministry they have going on.
The Fresh Air Fund is still in need of 850 host families for this summer. Host families are volunteers who open their hearts and homes to children from the city to give them a Fresh Air experience that can change lives. It's only for up to two weeks, but it's an experience that can change their lives forever.
Fresh Air children are boys and girls, six to 18 years old, who live in New York City. Children on first-time visits are six to 12 years old and stay for either one or two weeks. Youngsters who are re-invited by the same family may continue with The Fund through age 18, and many enjoy longer summertime visits, year after year. A visit to the home of a warm and loving volunteer host family can make all the difference in the world to an inner-city child. All it takes to create lifelong memories is laughing in the sunshine and making new friends.
The majority of Fresh Air children are from low-income communities. These are often families without the resources to send their children on summer vacations. Most inner-city youngsters grow up in towering apartment buildings without large, open, outdoor play spaces. Concrete playgrounds cannot replace the freedom of running barefoot through the grass or riding bikes down country lanes.
Fresh Air children are registered by more than 90 participating social service and community organizations located in disadvantaged neighborhoods in the five boroughs of New York City. These community-based agencies are in close contact with children in need of summer experiences in rural and suburban areas. Each agency is responsible for registering children for the program.
Here is a microsite which explains everything, so please feel free to use any of the images, graphics, banners, or copy: http://freshairfundhost.org/