MANCHESTER - The Southern Vermont Committee will welcome a small group of New York City children as they arrive in Manchester Center on July 3, 2013 at 2:15 p.m. at Manchester Elementary Middle School. Volunteer host families from Beverly, South Londonderry, Manchester Center, Jamaica, East Dorset, and Wells are sharing their summers for up to two weeks with Fresh Air children, ages six to 18, who have left behind the city streets to run barefoot in the grass or see the stars at night. Some children are leaving home for the first time, while others are returning to visit the same host families for consecutive summers.

The Fresh Air Fund is an independent, not-for-profit agency that has provided free summer experiences to more than 1.7 million New York City children from low-income communities since 1877. Each summer, over 4,000 children visit volunteer host families in rural, suburban and small town communities across 13 states from Virginia to Maine and Canada through The Fresh Air Fund's Volunteer Host Family Program.