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Lisa F
Manchester Neighborhood
(Manchester, Northside)
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the project

We are here to provide hope and encouragement to come into community and realize they are not alone.  We are setting our roots into our community to serve urgent employment and food security needs in response to COVID-19 economic impacts. 

All PA residents have been impacted by COVID-19 with permanent loss of employment, unemployment, underemployment; but those with disabilities have not honestly been given a chance.

So we are launching a workforce training program for our community's intellectually differently abled young adults, up to 24 years old. 

Your donations will fund handicap accessible upgrades to the farm so that we can launch this program for summer. 

We offer an opportunity for learning, skill building, mentorship and building camaraderie for our friends and neighbors who would like to assist (but are often overlooked) and excluded. 

Our young adults will be paid living wages to join us in growing and harvesting fresh produce that will be supplied to the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank.

the steps

Freeman Family Farm received a 2020 COVID Food Financing Initiative from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Governor Wolf to better operate and serve families hit the hardest whom live in food deserts. This grant will pay our young adults living wages while working this summer.

But funding is still needed to make the farm handicap accessible so that we can launch this program to employ our young people.

Please join us to fund this one last barrier to serving Manchester this summer!

why we're doing it

We are setting our roots into our community and our future generations. We’re building up our bodies and our community, with everybody coming together as neighbors in a time when sharing resources is so critical to respond to urgent needs caused by the impacts of COVID-19. 


Disbursed budget 4.14.2021

TOTAL RAISED = $10,282.00
ioby Fiscal Sponsorship Fee (5%) N/A
ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%) $158.46


Original BUDGET: Site modifications/Accommodations

  • Handicap accessibility needs
  • Wheelchair ramps, handrails and steps
  • Elevated raised beds
  • Language/Instruction modifications
  • PT Job Coach/Sign Language Practitioners
  • Printed "handicapped" signage (with additional accommodations for sight limitations)
  • Printing in Braille
  • ADA Compliant wheelchair bathroom rental


Total:  $10,123.54


ioby Platform Fee waived
ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%)
(Donation processing fee does not apply to match funding.)
TOTAL TO RAISE = $10,152
Donation processing fees apply to donations only. 100% of match funding goes to projects. Please note, fees are estimated here and final numbers may change based on the final amount raised and amount of match funding applied to this campaign.  


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