WHO: Fresh Air Fund children scheduled to stay with local families arrived in Darien via bus on Saturday, July 12. Local host families met the bus and picked up their guests.
WHAT: Fresh Air Fund children are boys and girls, ages six to 18, who live in New York City. The majority are from low-income communities.
WHERE: The First Congregational Church of Darien, 14 Brookside Rd, Darien
WHY: In 2013, The Fresh Air Fund’s Volunteer Host Family Program gave nearly 4,000 New York City boys and girls, ages six to 18, free summer experiences in 13 Northeastern states.
Volunteer Host Family Program: Eight Quick Facts
- Children on first-time visits are six to 12 years old and stay for one or two weeks.
- Children who are reinvited by host families may continue with The Fresh Air Fund through age 18, and may enjoy extended trips.
- More than 65 percent of all children are re-invited to stay with their host families, year after year.
- Fresh Air children are registered by more than 90 participating social service and community organizations in the five boroughs of New York City.
- Host Families may request the age group and gender of the Fresh Air youngster they would like to host.
- The Fresh Air Fund has a program for placing children who have special physical or emotional needs.
- The Fresh Air Fund provides transportation for children to and from volunteer communities and will pay any medical expenses not covered by insurance.
- The Fresh Air Fund provides liability insurance for hosts and committee volunteers.
The Swift Family
The Schimmeck Family