Volunteer Opportunities

Give the gift of time and feel your heart grow, knowing you've made a difference in the life of a child. From tutoring, mentoring, and encouraging our kids, to making phone calls and staffing recruitment days, we couldn't do what we do without YOUR support.

Our volunteers mean the world to us. Get involved with The Fresh Air Fund today and learn why...

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Tutor a Middle School Student

Work one-on-one with a middle school student (12-15 years old) who is a participant in The Fund's Career Awareness Program. Help them with academic skill-building in subjects like math, language arts and social studies. Each tutor and student pair keep a journal and select a book to read together. Fresh Air staff provide support to all tutors and are a resource to help volunteers plan for their tutoring sessions. Volunteers make a commitment to attend sessions held once a week on Monday, Tuesday, or Thursday evenings from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm at The Fund's midtown office. The fall semester of tutoring runs from September through December and the spring semester runs from the end of January through May – tutors commit on a semester-by-semester basis.
Email volunteer@freshair.org for more information.

Mentor College-Bound High School Students

Become a mentor to High School students in The Fresh Air Fund’s College Connections Program. During weekly mentoring sessions, volunteers help students prepare for college through a series of lessons in areas such as Money Management/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. Fresh Air staff provide support to all mentors and are a resource to help volunteers plan for each session. Volunteers make a weekly commitment to attend meetings on Wednesday evenings from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm at The Fresh Air Fund’s midtown office. The fall session of mentoring runs from October through December and the spring session runs from March through May.
Email volunteer@freshair.org for more information.

Host a Job Shadowing at your Office

Invite a group of students (along with a Fresh Air Fund chaperone) to visit you and your colleagues at your office to learn about your career field. Job shadowings are typically 1.5 hours and take place after school (5:00 pm - 6:30 pm) or anytime during the day on school vacations. The Fund's staff will help you plan all the details.
Email volunteer@freshair.org for more information.

Lead a Career Workshop

Introduce Career Awareness Program students to your career by leading a “hands-on” activity. Volunteers lead career workshops after work or on weekends at The Fresh Air Fund’s midtown office, Camp Mariah or at the annual spring Career Fair. Invite a friend or colleague to help you!
Email volunteer@freshair.org for more information.

Join a Special Events Committee

Join The Fresh Air Fund’s Spring Fling or Fall Benefit Committee. The Spring Fling is The Fund’s annual cocktail party for young professionals. Our black-tie event, the Fall Benefit, is held in November at Pier Sixty, Chelsea Piers. Guests enjoy dinner, dancing and bidding at the silent auction. Help us sell tickets, reach out to corporate sponsors or find great auction and raffle items.
Email volunteer@freshair.org for more information.

Join the NYC Friendly Town Committee

Committee members support the Friendly Town program in NYC. While volunteer host families cannot host a Fresh Air child in NYC, there is a large group of hosts who live in the city and host a child at a summer vacation home. Volunteers are needed to plan special events, interview prospective hosts, check references, escort/chaperone buses for trips in the near vicinity of NYC, and help with public relations and outreach. Training will be provided for all committee members.
Email volunteer@freshair.org for more information.

Help at Community Outreach Events

Entertain Fresh Air children and help parents complete registration materials at special recruitment and registration events held at schools, community centers and with The Fresh Air Fund's partner community-based agencies throughout the five boroughs.
Email volunteer@freshair.org for more information.

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.
Email volunteer@freshair.org for more information.

Volunteer Internships for Students

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.
Email volunteer@freshair.org for more information.

Pizza Party Stuffing Nights

Join a group of volunteers at The Fund’s midtown office to send out flyers, assemble registration packets and compile mailings to all of the communities The Fund works with. Volunteer Stuffing Nights are typically scheduled on weeknights from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm.
Subscribe to the volunteer e-newsletter here to learn about upcoming volunteer opportunities, including stuffing nights.

Calling Nights

Help us call parents of Fresh Air Fund children to keep them updated with current registration and departure information. Ten to 15 volunteers are needed on weeknights from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Pizza and soda are provided to energize before the calls!
Subscribe to the volunteer e-newsletter here to learn about upcoming volunteer opportunities, including calling nights.

Pro-Bono Projects & In-Kind Donations

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, let us know if your company can donate in-kind printing services, exciting auction or raffle items for our special events or has other services to donate.
Email volunteer@freshair.org for more information.