AUBURN – Summer vacation time has arrived. Due to many families in the Auburn area and throughout 13 Northeastern states and Canada, more than 1.7 million New York City children from low-income neighborhoods have experienced free summer vacations in suburban and small town communities through The Fresh Air Fund.

The fund is seeking more families in the Auburn area to give inner-city children a two-week vacation this summer. By volunteering as a host family for the Friendly Town Program, persons can help give a child a break from the heat and noise of the crowded city streets.

“A lot of what you do for the kids are simple things, the things you do every day in your yard and your neighborhood,” says a Fresh Air host. Last summer, 12 Fresh Air children visited volunteer hosts in the Auburn area. This year, The Fund needs more hosts.

There are no financial requirements for hosting a Fresh Air child. Hosts can select the gender and approximate age of their visitor. First-time visitors are ages 6 to 12 and re-invited youngsters may participate in the Friendly Town Program through age 18.

To learn more about hosting a Fresh Air child, contact Marie Reimensnyder at 207-926-3557, call The Fresh Air Fund at 1-800-367-0003 or visit the Web at

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