The Restoration Continues…

URGENT CALL TO ACTION: In 2017, The Children’s Fresh Air Home (CFAH) will apply for a $300,000 grant for the project from a Small Cities Community Facilities Grant – with support from the city of North Wildwood. But the organization must raise matching funds of $300,000 in order to receive the grant. Combined, this $600,000 would finally enable CFAH to complete the Home’s renovation.

We’re calling on our friends, neighbors and local businesses to help make this decade-long dream a reality for the 20,000 children from the Philadelphia and New Jersey regions who have found a summer respite in CFAH for more than 115 years.

Nearly a century of wear and tear in a seashore environment has taken its toll on the physical structure of the Home, our most fundamental resource. After years of service, costly but urgent renovations are necessary to preserve our mission for future generations. In 2012, we launched a Capital Campaign to fund this massive undertaking. We’re now in the final, most critical stages of this effort in 2017.

We’ve seen tremendous progress in our construction efforts thanks to the support and generosity of our community, local businesses and donors. And in early 2016, we completed a critical part of construction – our new foundation…




new foundation


Over the next few months, we plan to complete construction on the first floor of the Home, including all masonry and plumbing. The following phase will focus on restoring the Home’s exterior – roof windows, doors, siding, and a new wrap-around porch.

The most recent updates include our new sidewalk!

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What CFAH Needs – NOW:

  • Some funding exists to begin this phase, but $600,000 more in overall funding is needed to see the project through Phase III (restoration of interior and the Home’s first heating system).
  • Individuals can make a donation today!
  • Contractors and small businesses can make in-kind donations (materials, labor etc.) now by contacting CFAH for more information.

Our success to date would not be possible without the generous support of countless donors and sponsors. If you’re interested in becoming a sponsor or learning more about the Capital Campaign, please contact John Stefankiewicz at or review our sponsorship levels.