Imagine not being able to run barefoot in the grass. That's an unfortunate reality for many big-city children, who are more familiar with urban blocks than country roads. Enter The Fresh Air Fund. Since 1877, this nonprofit has paid for more than 1.7 million children from low-income New York City communities to experience summer in the country. Roughly 400 children are coming to Vermont in July and August to ride bikes, eat creemees and soak up our rural scenery — and some of them still need volunteer host families. Interested? After submitting to an interview, all that's required is "room in your home and room in your heart to take in a child for a week," says Mary Sherman, a local volunteer leader who has hosted Fresh Air kids since 1985.
Craftsbury Common, VT
Building Confidence, Building Community. At Hosmer Point, campers build a sense of community in a beautiful and caring environment where boys and girls can play, explore, create life-long friendships and build self-confidence. With only 74 campers per session, and three or four campers for each counselor; every child is respected…(more)