May, 2024

Friendly Towns Memories: 20 years and counting

The Fresh Air Fund’s Friendly Towns program has touched the lives of many, creating lasting bonds and cherished memories. Friendly Towns alum Barbara Starkes first visited the Walker family Read More

May, 2024

Camp Mariah Alumni Spotlight: Ngozi and Ibraheem

On May 16th, The Fresh Air Fund celebrated the 30th Anniversary of Camp Mariah at the annual Spring Benefit at the Ziegfeld Ballroom. Fresh Air Fund alum and Board member,  June Ambrose, hosted Read More

April, 2024

Then and Now: Friendly Towns Forever

Vasaune, 18, first visited the Walsman family in Maplewood, New Jersey, in 2012. Over the summers, he has made many special memories with his host brothers, William, Riley and Murphy. He has also Read More

February, 2024

Our Fresh Air Experiences: Friendly Towns Alumni Share their Stories

In February, The Fresh Air Fund hosted the annual Friendly Towns Conference and welcomed volunteers, host families, staff and alumni to The Fresh Air Fund’s Sharpe Reservation in Fishkill, NY. Read More

December, 2023

#FreshAirForever: From New York to Connecticut to Georgia, A Bond That Will Last a Lifetime 

Summers with Friendly Towns are an incredible opportunity to explore a new environment and discover new interests. For many participants, it is also an opportunity to create relationships that wi Read More

October, 2023

From Camp to the Classroom: Fresh Air Alum Becky Chen’s Journey in Education 

Becky Chen was just ten years old when she left her home in Queens for two weeks to attend The Fresh Air Fund’s Camp ABC. Despite understandably feeling nervous about being away from her family Read More

April, 2023

Meet Fresh Air Alum: Matthew Diaz  

Matthew Diaz from the Bronx was nine-years-old when he first visited the Weir family from Ramsey, New Jersey in 2010 through The Fresh Air Fund’s Friendly Towns Program. For the next seven summ Read More

February, 2023

Meet Fresh Air Alum: Victoria Lee Jones  

Victoria Lee Jones first started her Fresh Air journey in 1997 at the age of eight when she visited the Rousell household in Malone, New York, as part of The Fund’s Friendly Towns Program. Duri Read More

January, 2023

Then and Now: How One Summer Became a 20 Year Friendship 

Curtis Brown first visited the VanGelder family from Mashpee, Massachusetts, at 6-years-old, through The Fresh Air Fund’s Friendly Towns Program.   “I saw them hanging out with a si Read More

November, 2022

Where Passion meets Purpose: Meet Shariff Bukari 

“I remember the first time I went to Camp Mariah. Picture a 10-year-old boy who had never spent time in the wilderness before and there I was getting off a bus at camp. It was the first time I Read More