STATEWIDE (WGME) – Fifteen children from New York City are now in Maine spending time with volunteer host families.
Thanks to the Fresh Air Fund Southern Maine Committee, host families share their summers for one week — or more — with children ages 7 to 18 from low-income communities in New York.
Teenagers like Raynae come back every year and have built strong bonds with their host families.
“Raynae’s mother and Raynae trusted us. She came on a bus when she was 5 from New York, had never met us before. I think maybe we have been talking on the phone once but the fact that, like, Raynae can come and that they would trust us to have Raynae for two weeks is pretty incredible. And at 5 that she was able to come, I mean, there’s no way I would be that brave to go to a family in New York for two weeks,” said Katherine Leggat-Barr, who is hosting Raynae Chance.
The Fresh Air Fund has provided free summer experiences — like learning to swim, riding bikes and spending time outdoors — to more than 1.8 million children.