The Fresh Air Fund: Seeking Host Families for Summer 2011

The Fresh Air Fund (Fact sheet: English, Spanish) is a program that helps inner city children from New York City; it's been around for a very long time, and we've even posted about it in the past. Some additional details, from their About Us page:

Since 1877, The Fresh Air Fund, a not-for-profit agency, has provided free summer experiences in the country to more than 1.7 million New York City children from disadvantaged communities. Each year, thousands of children visit volunteer host families in 13 states and Canada through the Friendly Town Program or attend Fresh Air Fund camps.

Nearly 10,000 New York City children participate in the program every year. Children from low-income communities ranging in age from six to 18 years old are selected for participation based on financial need. Host families open their homes to these children for one to two weeks or more during the summer time; they are not paid, and there are no financial requirements for host families. Families are selected after "Friendly Town" committees review their applications, visit them in their homes and check personal references.1

Learn how two weeks can change a child's life...

With the summer of 2011 fast approaching, the Fund is looking for more hosting families:

If you or someone you know is able to host, please sign up now. In 2010, The Fresh Air Fund's Volunteer Host Family program, called Friendly Town, gave close to 5,000 New York City boys and girls, ages six to 18, free summer experiences in the country and the suburbs. Volunteer host families shared their friendship and homes up to two weeks or more in 13 Northeastern states from Virginia to Maine and Canada.

To learn more about becoming a host family, read more here. If you are located in one of the five boroughs of New York City and wish to sign your child up for the program, read more here about how to sign up.

Children are our future. Any time you can help children, you are helping by setting an example for the rest of us, as well as providing hope for the legacy of human civilization - a legacy of hope that our future will learn from our past, and benefit from the opportunities we provide.2




1 Information according to the Fresh Air Fund fact sheet.

2 Some additional ePluribus Media pieces, stories and blurbs regarding children our history and legacy:

War Criminal Bush: Go backwards! "I'd do it again", I did a heckuvajob!

"Yeah, we waterboarded Khalid Sheikh Mohammed," Bush told a Grand Rapids audience Wednesday, of the self-professed 9/11 mastermind. "I'd do it again to save lives."


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President Obama says "We can't go backwards"

Ex-President and Unindicted war criminal George W. Bush is basically saying "Why not go backwards, look at the wonderful legacy I have left you!"

Yeah, those were WAR CRIMES, the kind Reagan forbid and made illegal under US law, but, now that you have reminded us that the only thing in your legacy that you want to remind us of is how torture worked in your book, I say we encourage George W. to keep talking. Keep reminding us of that legacy, Georgie, cause you sure didaheckuvajob.

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Wage-Guzzling Gas Prices

Hat-tip to SaraBeth for pointing out the obvious and spurring this blurb.

Here's one legacy that George W. Bush can't be too proud of: too little, too late for the average minimum wage worker.

The top line shows the percentage of the minimum wage that gasoline prices are eating into -- namely, it's an increasing percentage of a hourly worker's take-home pay, leaving the worker with less than before.

Note that while the federal minimum wage increases in July, I've held gas prices stagnant at $4.03/gallon -- something unlikely to prove true. Also, the federal minimum wage increases again in July of 2009 -- to $7.25 -- which reduces the percentage from 61.66 to 55.71 percent. The numbers still aren't stellar: they put the worker back to the equivalent of the second quarter of 2007, when the faltering economy was already starting to bite further into average budgets across both food and fuel prices.

This is the legacy of eight years of Republican manglement management of our federal government.

Never Again.

Posted earlier at 10:12:29 EST. Bumped.

The "Presidency" of George W. Bush is grinding to an excruciating, long-awaited and long-overdue halt; with luck and perserverence, we'll still find a way to get impeachment and accountability back on the table to ensure that none of the blaggards, thieves and liars who voluminously infest the framework around this "Administration" can ever return to government. The Ford, Bush I and even Clinton Administrations pardoned previous incarnations of the same under the misbegotten claim of "moving forward" -- we now face the same individuals, working together in a concentrated concoction of the nefarious and ne'er-do-well, as a result.

But this isn't even about them. It's much more focused.

This is about the first hints that George W. Bush's most important legacy -- the one we may actually thank him for, even if he is allowed to escape the Justice he's so actively thwarted and manipulated. This is about how George W. Bush may have saved the nation, simply by damaging it so badly that he's virtually guaranteed there will never be another Bush Presidency.

Bush on Bush

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Or, how to be delusional about ones legacy.

George Bush last week gave interviews to various Middle East news outlets in preparation for his visit this week to the Middle East. In answering the questions its clear that George W. Bush is living in a parallel universe of his own construction.

Israel's Channel 2 News