The Fresh Air Fund needs help.
The Fresh Air Fund has provided free summer vacations to New York City children from disadvantaged communities since 1877. They have 200 children who need to be placed with host families for August. Host families need to be vetted; August is coming soon; so they've asked a variety of bloggers to help them spread the word about the awesome work that they do, in hopes of finding host families for these inner-city kids.
If you live in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, central Massachusetts, the Finger Lakes region or Capitol district of NY, or on Cape Cod (a list of places and dates appears below the extended-entry tag) -- and especially if you can host a 9-12 year old; they really need more families who want older children and boys -- email [email protected] and let them know you're out there. Or you can call them at 1-800-367-0003 -- ask for Angie.
I'm pretty sure Williamstown, and the northern Berkshires writ large, were a Fresh Air Fund location for a while. I know I'm blessed to live in a place as beautiful, safe, and sweet as Berkshire county. If you're fortunate enough to live in a place like that too, consider opening up your home to a kid who could really use a summer break in your neck of the woods?
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8/11-8/21 New Jersey: Warren County, Bergen County, Union County, Somerset County, Morris County, Hunterdon County
8/11-8/22 Pennsylvania: Lancaster, Akron, Christiana, Denver, Donegal, East Earl, Elverson, Lititz, Manheim, New Holland, Quarryville New York: St. Massena, Ogdensburg, Potsdam
8/12-8/22 Harrisburg, Pa
8/15-8/22 Central Massachusetts: Acton, Hopkinton, Lexington, Marlboro, Wayland
8/15-8/25 New York Western Fingerlakes: Canandaigua, Canal Towns, Dansville Central New York: Fulton, Marcellus and Oswego
Massachusetts: Cape Cod
Pennsylvania: Doylestown, Upper Bucks, Lower Bucks, Chalfont
8/25-9/1 New York: Columbia County Red Hook/Rhinebeck (Dutchess County) Albany County