"Since 1877, The Fresh Air Fund, an independent not-for-profit organization, was created with one simple mission – to allow children living in low-income communities to get away from hot, noisy city streets and enjoy free summer experiences in the country. each summer The Fresh Air Fund, provides thousands of New York City children with unforgettable summer experiences that unlock their limitless potential. Learn more about our important programs below, or get in touch with us today. When The Fresh Air Fund began, New York City was overflowing with children living in crowded tenements. Many of these youngsters were hit by a tuberculosis epidemic, and “fresh air” was considered a cure for respiratory ailments Volunteer Host Family Program. There is no such thing as a “”typical”"" host family. They live in the suburbs, small towns, and rural areas. They have different types of homes and neighborhoods. Different financial profiles. Some have children of their own, while others don’t. What they DO have in common is room in their home and their heart, and a desire to share the simple joys of their communities with a Fresh Air Fund child. Each summer, 3,000 New York City youngsters attend five Fresh Air camps on a 2,300-acre site in Fishkill, New York, where they enjoy outdoor activities, make new friends, learn to swim, play sports, and unlock their limitless potential."