Thursday, September 23, 2010

Fresh Air in New York

I recently received an email from Sara at the Fresh Air Fund. Her organization, that you can read more about HERE , is looking for participants and sponsors for a little race coming up, the NYC Marathon (yeah, really not that little). Here's a blurb from the website:

Fresh Air Fund Programs

Since 1877, The Fresh Air Fund, a not-for-profit agency, has provided free summer experiences in the country to more than 1.7 million New York City children from disadvantaged communities. Each year, thousands of children visit volunteer host families in 13 states and Canada through the Friendly Town Program or attend one of five Fresh Air Fund camps.

I've checked it out, and it seems like a pretty cool charity. Here's a little more background from their site:

Our History

In 1877, The Fresh Air Fund, an independent not-for-profit organization, was created with one simple mission — to allow children living in disadvantaged communities to get away from hot, noisy city streets and enjoy free summer experiences in the country.

When The Fund began, New York City was overflowing with poor 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.

The Fund’s tradition of caring provides children with a much-needed respite from the inner-city streets. Thousands of youngsters enjoy summer experiences with volunteer hosts or attend one of five Fund camps in upstate New York.

The simplicity of our program is its strength. Looking back to 1877, we can reflect on how much has changed, and how much has stayed the same. The Fund began with a small group of youngsters heading for the country and went on to benefit more than 1.7 million needy children.

If you will be or can be in New York in early November and are up for doing a marathon (and by a marathon, I mean one of the largest/most famous marathons in the world) you should look into partnering with the Fresh Air Fund, basically, they are your ticket in as the marathon itself is closed. If you can't make it to run the race, they would be happy to have your support in other ways too. If you are at all interested please email or call (212) 897-8890.

If you need some more inspiration, here's a little Fresh Air history in pics:
and a little NYC marathon inspiration too.

If you can help out in anyway, even if it's just spreading the word, your contribution would be greatly appreciated.
(They need to have their runners registered by Sept. 30th.)


Tricia said...

sounds like a great organization

gmontalvo13 said...

too cool!