The Fresh Air Fund Host Family Program

Arthur Godsell is a philanthropist and businessman working in and around Hicksville, New York. In addition to overseeing activities at Godsell Construction Corporation, Arthur Godsell assists city children in spending their summers outside as part of the Fresh Air Fund.

Every summer approximately 4,000 children leave New York City to enjoy the outdoors with a rural or suburban host family as part of the Fresh Air Fund Volunteer Host Family Program. Volunteer families extend along the East Coast, ranging from Maine to Virginia. Fresh Air Fund communities, also known as Friendly Towns, are overseen by local community members who have taken on promotional responsibilities with the Fresh Air Fund. Each individual committee is overseen by a head chairperson, while the committee itself is managed by a direct representative of the Fresh Air Fund. Local committees not only take care of organizing the community as a Friendly Town, but also provide support to host families while a Fresh Air Fund child is visiting.


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