Do You Live in a Friendly Town?

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Do You Live in a Friendly Town?

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A lot of towns are friendly, but only some are called "Friendly Towns" by The Fresh Air Fund. Friendly Town volunteer communities, or “Friendly Towns,” are where The Fresh Air Fund’s volunteer host families live, and everyone in these towns is excited to welcome Fresh Air kids to their neighborhoods!

Every summer since 1877 The Fresh Air Fund, a not-for-profit agency, has given New York City kids the chance for an unforgettable summer, and for some, the experience of a lifetime. Thousands of kids age 6 to 18 arrive at their host families' homes ready to laugh, play, and just spend time being a kid. 

Kids who are on their first visit to a Friendly Town stay with their host family one or two weeks. Families in the program are allowed to reinvite the same child again each summer, and may request extended visits in subsequent years. It is a great feeling to reunite with your Fresh Air Kid each summer and see how much they have grown since the previous year. There is a lot of flexibility in hosting, and the experience is extremely rewarding.

To learn more about hosting a child, visit The Fresh Air Fund website.

To make a donation, click here


Posted by

Janelle Ancillotti, Certified Professional Home Stager

Seneca Home Staging, Baldwinsville, NY

(315) 506-0725

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Comments (5)

Paul Peck
Peck Drywall and Painting serving Brevard County, Florida - Melbourne, FL
Licensed Drywall and Painting Contractor

Good to know Janelle Ancillotti! Never heard of the Fresh Air Fund before.

I'll have to check and see if my town participates in it. Thanks for sharing this.


Apr 14, 2015 07:30 AM
Kerrie La Guardia
ActiveRain, Community Manager - Kirkland, WA
Let it Rain!

That is so cool, I've never heard of it before. I can see how that would make a lasting impression in kids lives.

Apr 14, 2015 09:17 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

I was not familiar with these programs. Thanks for sharing this information. 

Apr 15, 2015 10:51 PM
Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Condo and Home Specialists

What a nice program, and nice of you to get the word out on it!

Apr 15, 2015 10:59 PM
Janelle Ancillotti
Seneca Home Staging - Syracuse, NY
HSR Certified Home Stager, Syracuse, NY

Thank you Paul Peck , Kerrie La Guardia , Roy Kelley , and Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Call 631-805-4400 (c) ! I am happy to share information and my experiences as a Fresh Air Fund participant: it is dear to my heart.

Apr 16, 2015 10:02 PM