March 20, 2020
As we face the unprecedented challenges of COVID-19 (coronavirus), all of us at The Fresh Air Fund are very grateful for the courage and compassion of our medical professionals, first responders and everyone who is working to keep communities safe – and we are thinking of all of the members of our Fresh Air Fund family.
We are continuing to prepare for our Fresh Air camp and Friendly Towns programs with the mission of serving New York City children as we have done since 1877. As this global emergency unfolds, our decisions will be guided by the health and safety of our Fresh Air children, hosts and families.
Please continue to check our website for the most up to date information on our programs for Summer 2020.
March 11, 2020
In response to the continued developments related to COVID-19 (coronavirus), effective immediately, The Fresh Air Fund has cancelled or suspended all events at our New York City office including after-school programs until April 30, 2020. The Fund has also cancelled or suspended all recruitment events throughout New York City as well as volunteer host family recruitment events for our Friendly Towns Program along the East Coast and Southern Canada until April 30, 2020. We are sad that our much beloved Annual Sugar Maple Celebration at Sharpe Reservation, scheduled for March 28, 2020 has been cancelled.
The Fresh Air Fund, guided by our commitment to the health and safety of all the people we work with and serve, is issuing new policies to temporarily guide our work and workplaces. The Fund has temporarily suspended limits on paid sick days and instituted a volunteer remote-work policy for employees.
We remain focused on preparations for Summer 2020 programs, with the hope that they can take place as planned. As always, our decisions will be guided by the health and safety interests of our children, hosts, and families.
The Fund will continue to monitor the situation and will share programming updates as guidance is provided and decisions are made.
March 5, 2020
Parents, Volunteers, Hosts, and Friends –
As many of you have likely read, over the past few weeks, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued updates regarding the public health response to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in the United States. The CDC is asking the public—including organizations and businesses—to help prepare for emergency contingencies should the need arise. As of Tuesday, March 2, a small number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 have been reported on the East Coast in New York, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/cases-in-us.html
We take this issue very seriously, and we are closely monitoring this situation. As with everything we do, The Fresh Air Fund will be guided by our mission: to create healthy and safe summer experiences for our children, staff and families.
As of today, there are no plans to alter our Friendly Towns, Camping, Sharpe Reservation, or year-round programs. We hope that all Fresh Air Fund programs will continue in summer 2020 as planned. We continue to recruit children, families, and hosts to our programs and our staff and volunteers are hard at work to make that a reality.
We are monitoring the situation and will continue to convene regularly about recommended responses. We are mindful of the need to plan for all contingencies, and although we are preparing for the summer with the same enthusiasm as every other, we are also preparing for the possibility of reduced, altered, or cancelled programming if required by COVID-19 and health and safety needs. We will share programming updates as guidance is provided and decisions are made.
No matter what, please know that The Fresh Air Fund is here for you and we will, as always, be guided by the health and safety interests of our children, hosts, and families. Thank you for being a part of the Fresh Air Family.