by thiszine

What’s better than cute kids? Helping out cute kids!



As a former educator of urban youth, I know that summers are often a difficult time for children from disadvantaged communities. They often face long, hot days at home alone or in neighborhoods without resources to support and engage youth. Many of my students were anxious about being away from the familiar school year routine and missing their friends and teachers. Some students from particularly challenging environments expressed fear at having to spend their summer at home or in their neighborhoods.


Since 1877, The Fresh Air Fund, a not-for-profit agency, has provided free summer experiences in the country to more than 1.7 million New York City children from disadvantaged communities. Each year, thousands of children visit volunteer host families in 13 states and Canada through the Friendly Town Program or attend Fresh Air Fund camps.


As a not-for-profit agency, The Fresh Air Fund needs volunteers to support the children with whom they work. If you live in the New York City region, you can support The Fresh Air Fund by running in this year’s New York City Half-Marathon on August 16th.


Fresh Air Fund Racers

Fresh Air Fund Racers

Join our Fresh Air Fund-Racers team today! If you would like to register just click here! If you have additional questions or are interested in becoming a sponsor, please contact Kate at or call (800) 367-0003 ext. 8890.


Last summer’s NYC Half-Marathon Presented by NIKE was a huge success for The Fresh Air Fund, raising more than $125,000 to directly support free programs for NYC children.


And hey, you can even write or blog about your experience supporting The Fresh Air Fund for this zine!



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