Projects With Purpose

Trades For A Difference (TFAD) is a Philadelphia based Non-Profit Organization that teaches groups of young men and women skilled trade through a mixture of classroom training and blight removal projects with social impact. Our goal is to provide the necessary learning tools for students to effectively learn skilled trades, the importance of civic responsibility, and leadership qualities.  Through TFAD's "Construction Prep Program" and our "Projects with Purpose", our students take part in skilled trades education through the rehabilitation of dilapidated, abandoned, and nuisance buildings as they are renovated and repurposed for better use for our community. After undergoing TFAD's specialized programs, young men and women are connected with local unions and institutions of higher education for lucrative career opportunities in the construction industry.   

Throughout Philadelphia, there are pockets of neighborhoods that have multiple dilapidated buildings housing seniors and low income families that can’t afford to make necessary repairs to their homes to live in a safe environment.  The harsh realities of poverty often leave these families living in hazardous living conditions indefinitely, as public funded resources for repairs are limited and the waiting list is lengthy. Through TFAD's "Projects with Purpose" (PWP), we are able  to provide repair services to our community members in need while also educating and teaching valuable life lessons to the members of our community in the process. TFAD students  and volunteers take part in our PWP's and learn hands on experience by correcting electrical, plumbing, heating, carpentry issues for seniors and low income families living in hazardous conditions. Projects with Purpose allow us to redistribute community wealth, combat burdensome community issues, while consciously avoiding the displacement of longtime standing community residents.

Your Donations will help support our program costs for Trades for a Difference "Projects with Purpose". Every dollar raised through our "Projects With Purpose Fund"  will go towards educational programming for on the job training of TFAD students, direct cost of the necessary materials/labor to provide free repairs for qualifying seniors and low income families living in hazardous conditions, and community impact iniatives. Join us by sponsoring TFAD Projects with Purpose  Fund today and create life changing opportunities for seniors, low income families, and the young men and women from throughout our community. We are rebuilding our community from within, and we look forward to you joining us!

Thank you for your support.


Trades For A Difference
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  • Anonymous 
    • $25 
    • 5 mos
  • Michael Zhang 
    • $25 
    • 6 mos
  • Jennifer Williamson 
    • $50 
    • 7 mos
  • Frederick Spalek 
    • $20 
    • 7 mos
  • Esther Von Laue Bernard 
    • $500 
    • 7 mos


Trades For A Difference 
Philadelphia, PA
Trades For A Difference 
Registered nonprofit
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