Friday, November 19, 2010
I know we have been doing a lot of holiday festivities here on The Cartoon Lovin’ Mama over the past month and I do have several more awesome post to bring to all of my wonderful readers in the coming weeks leading up to Christmas, but I want to take a second and tell you about a program that I feel is very important and has a great cause helping children. I know I don’t post information like this a lot but this is one fund I really believe in and I hope that you will take a few minuets out of your day and read about The Fresh Air Fund and what they are about!
Summer may seem far away, but NYC children are currently participating in Fresh Air programs, from weekly tutoring sessions to job shadowings to weekend retreats at Fund camps in upstate New York! Our Career Awareness Program serves more than 300 youngsters in middle and high school. We also have new leadership programs for young women to develop their “can-do” attitudes!
No matter the season, Fresh Air children remain involved, excited and forward-thinking. We need loyal friends like you to continue serving thousands of New York City children throughout the year. Thank you!
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 the country to visit a volunteer host family, or a fun-filled and educational stay at one of our fund camps, our programs make for unforgettable memories – and open a world of new friendships and fresh possibilities.
Just $10 will send one child on a bus ride to his or her Friendly Town host family.
$24 provides a child with a week of swimming lessons.
$42 provides a day of Career Awareness classes.
A gift of $50 can fund a camp counselor for a day.
If you can give as much as $91, you provide a child at camp with meals for a week.
We are a not-for-profit agency and depend on tax-deductible donations from people like you to keep our vital programs flourishing.
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.
What do Fresh Air children enjoy?
Playing in the backyard
Laughing in the sunshine
Learning to swim
Running barefoot through the grass
Gazing at the stars on moonlit nights
Making new friends
Simple pleasures of life away from the inner-city
If you are interested in learning more about The Fresh Air Fund and other ways to help visit their website HERE and also be sure to check them out on Facebook and Twitter! If you would like to make a donation to The Fresh Air Fund click the donate button above or the donate button on my left sidebar.
I did not receive any monetary compensation or any other compensation for posting this information, I just feel like this is a fund for a very good cause and I wanted to share this information and ways to learn more with all with my readers in hope of getting the word out about The Fresh Air Fund.
Posted by Stephanie Grant at 11:01 AM