Bridging the Gap for Individuals with Special Needs in Central PA

Sarah Lynn Strohman Foundation

If you would like to volunteer to help maintain the garden, please fill out your availability below.  You can participate as a group or individual.

thanks to our generous donations from:


  • Ashcombe; Carlisle Cement Products; D.A. Kenes Landscape; Davis Country Living; Home Depot; Lawns Unlimited; Mechanicsburg Area Foundation, A Regional Foundation of The Foundation for Enhancing Communities; Mechanicsburg Borough; Mechanicsburg Parks and Recreation; Ollinger Brothers Brick & Tile of Altoona; Ritters Hardware; Penn State Master Gardener Program of Cumberland County; Stauffers of Kissel Hill; Yorlets and 84 Lumber in Dillsburg,  


gardening program

Our most recently established program. With the assistance of Master Gardeners, the foundation has designed a program that will foster skills relating to responsibility which builds a sense of teamwork and enhanced work ethics. In addition to social and work skills, Garden Therapy programs have proven to be an excellent means of improving literacy and numeric skills, as well as improving self-esteem and self-confidence.  


The foundation has created three raised beds with wheelchair accessible paths at the Trails and Trees Environmental Center in Mechanicsburg.  Classes for individuals with special needs will be held throughout the growing season at the beds.   Master Gardener Maryann, will be helping us in our efforts to teach gardening basics on how to grow plants and how to harvest them.  Produce from the garden will be given to local families and group homes.  The foundation recently installed a third raised bed in July for a sensory garden.  Keep up-to-date on our progress on Facebook!