Volunteer Your Time

Thousands of individual volunteers donate their time and talent to The Fresh Air Fund each year. Volunteers mentor our students, help with administrative projects at our NYC office, lead career workshops, and more!

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Featured Opportunity

Summer in the Winter Carnivals!

Volunteers are needed for our annual Summer in the Winter Carnivals on February 22nd (Long Island City), February 29th (Bronx) and March 14th (Harlem)! Grab your friends and colleagues to help us bring a little summer fun to our Fresh Air families by hosting carnival table games, supporting face-painting and balloon animal stations, and assisting with set-up. While our NYC kids are having a ball, Fresh Air staff will provide application assistance to parents for our free summer programs! All events run during the day. Please contact vthornton@freshair.org to learn more.


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One-time Opportunities

Host a Job Shadowing

Job shadowings are interactive workshops that give students in our Career Awareness Program a chance to connect their interests to a future career. We bring the students to you and help you plan the details! Job shadowings take place from 5:00pm – 6:30pm on weeknights or during the day during school holidays.

Lead a Career Workshop

Volunteer your time to help our students connect their interests to a future career. Career workshops are an introduction into your industry. Lead the students in a fun hands-on activity, while sharing about your own career journey – and tap a few colleagues to join in with you! Just a couple hours of your day at our annual spring Career Fair or at Camp Mariah on a weekend can make a meaningful impact.

Fresh Air Pizza Party Nights

Join a group of volunteers to eat pizza and help The Fresh Air Fund prepare for summer! Volunteers help assemble important mailings or make phone calls to families. Pizza Party Nights are typically scheduled on weeknights from 6:00pm – 8:00pm at The Fresh Air Fund’s midtown office.

Summer Send-Offs

Help send Fresh Air kids off with a smile! Entertain Fresh Air children at the Port Authority Bus Terminal with temporary tattoos, coloring, card games, and friendly conversations as they wait to board buses for their Friendly Towns experiences.

Ongoing Opportunities


During weekly mentoring sessions, volunteers help students prepare for college by focusing on topics such as: Money Management and Financial Aid, Decisions and Consequences, Maintaining Focus and Assessing Priorities, Setting Goals, College Decisions, and Relationships and Ethics. Mentors work on an individual and small-group basis. Volunteers make a year-long commitment to attend meetings on Wednesday evenings from 6:00pm – 8:00pm at The Fresh Air Fund’s midtown office.


Help middle school students with academic skill building in math, language arts and social studies. Tutoring takes place once a week for ten weeks at our office in midtown Manhattan. We offer a fall and spring session each year: 6:00pm – 8:00pm, Mondays, Tuesdays or Thursdays.

Daytime Help at the NYC Office

Volunteers have the opportunity to help with a variety of administrative projects, ranging from filing to data entry, assembling mailings or light computer work. Whether you have a few hours a week or want to volunteer on a regular basis, The Fund’s staff can work with you to coordinate a flexible schedule. Daytime volunteer hours are Monday-Friday from 10am-5pm.

Join an Event Committee

Are you a young professional? You can help us by joining the Committee for our annual Spring Fling or our annual Fall Benefit & Silent Auction.

For more information, please contact Elizabeth Portland at eportland@freshair.org

Pro Bono or In-kind Support

Donate your time and professional expertise. The Fresh Air Fund is always interested in hearing from pro bono photographers, graphic designers, and more! In addition, please contact us if your company can make an in-kind donation – items like books, sporting equipment, printing services, or exciting auction or raffle items for our special events are greatly appreciated!

Host a Child

Volunteer host families open their hearts and homes to New York City children for one to two weeks during the summer. Host families live in suburbs, small towns, and rural areas, and wish to share the simple joys of their communities. There are no financial requirements for hosting a child. Volunteers may request the age group and gender of the Fresh Air youngster they would like to host. Click here to learn more.

Friendly Towns Ambassadors

Parents of children that have been involved in the Friendly Towns Program for at least three years and had an incredible experience or alumni help put a personal face on the program. Ambassadors receive a short training and then accompany Fresh Air staff to information presentations in their community.

Volunteer and School Credit Internships

Looking to learn more about working at a non-profit organization, or need an internship for school credit? Applicants must be 18 or older. Volunteer internships available from September through May. To learn more about summer jobs at The Fresh Air Fund, visit our jobs page.

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About Any of our Volunteer opportunities? Email Volunteer@freshair.org

About Any of our Volunteer opportunities? Email Volunteer@freshair.org