This Mother’s Day, The Fresh Air Fund recognizes the many
remarkable women in Cape Cod that take on the role of “Fresh Air mom.”
They open their hearts and homes to children from New York City’s low-income
communities through The Fresh Air Fund’s Friendly Towns Program.
The Fresh Air Fund, an independent, not-for-profit agency, has
provided free summer experiences to more than 1.8 million New York City
children from low-income communities since 1877.
Fresh Air children are boys and girls, from seven to 18 years
old, who live in New York City. Children who are reinvited by host families may
continue with The Fresh Air Fund through age 18 and can enjoy extended trips.
There is no such thing as a “typical” host family, just the excitement to share
the simple joys of summer with a New York City child.
“You go into it thinking about what you can give back, but what
you get out of it is so far beyond what you can even imagine. Everyone
discovers new perspectives,” said Maura Wheeler, Fresh Air Fund host mom of
To learn more about hosting a Fresh Air child this summer,
please contact Jenifer Bakewell at 774-487-8204 or visit www.freshair.org.