Fishing For Memories, Inc.

"Strengthening Families One Memory at a Time"

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Fishing For Memories, Inc.

Fast Facts – 2020



  • Fishing For Memories, Inc. was founded on July 3, 2003 by Christopher and Jennie Ebner.  FFM, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation, serves the communities of Butler, Allegheny, and surrounding counties in Western PA.
  • FFM’s programs (begun in ’04) are designed to provide fun opportunities for children and youth, ages 5 to 17, to learn about fish identification and the responsible use and conservation of the environment.  Our programs help families acquire fishing skills and provide opportunities to participate in exciting cooperation building activities.  FFM continually strives to provide Western Pennsylvanian children/youth and their families an encouraging atmosphere to strengthen them one memory at a time.

  • FFM’s programs include: Family Outdoor Fun Days, Tomorrow’s Outdoorsmen Programs (including Fishing Camp), Gone Fishin’ Crash Courses, and a Harvest Party with a Mystery Fish Theme.
  • As of December 31, 2020, Fishing For Memories, Inc. has served 588 children/youth, 226 adults, from 279 families, totaling 814 people from Butler and surrounding counties.
  • FFM works with families of special needs, including autism, those experiencing educational challenges, foster/adoptive children, single parent, kinship care, and children/youth needing some quality time spent outdoors.  FFM also works with groups like Boy Scouts/Cub Scouts, church youth classes and after-school programs, and other community organizations working with children/youth.  FFM’s indoor instruction activities provide year-round opportunities for our outreach.
  • Thus far, all fishing activities have been conducted at Little Bitty Lake, 308 Eyth Road, Butler, PA  16002.  The 3 – acre, privately owned, pond is ideal for first time fishermen, with eager bass and bluegill ready to nibble on a tasty worm.  One FFM event, a Tomorrow’s Outdoorsmen Program, boasted 42 fish caught (and released) in just 2 hours.

  • Most of FFM’s participants (both children/youth and adults) have never been fishing.  At FFM events, they are taught not only how to fish, but usually are able to catch their very first fish that day as well.
  • Comment from an at-risk youth during a FFM event: “This is the best day of my entire life!”


  • Comment from a parent: “Both children and my husband talked for days about their adventure.  Fishing For Memories, Inc. is a wonderful organization that truly does strengthen families.  Little Bitty Lake is a magical place.”

Fishing For Memories, Inc. offers:

  • A family-focused skills training program: includes drug prevention, environmental awareness, and intergenerational communication
  • Trainers who possess effective presentation and listening skills, humor, a willingness to share their personal experiences as a parent, and have a genuine concern for participating families and community groups
  • Our Staff includes a ministry professional with a B.S. in Community Ministry from Geneva College and a PA certified teacher with more than 20 years of experience in basic literacy tutoring for special needs children and young adults
  • Trainer with advanced knowledge in basic fishing instruction and aquatic resource management
  • Trained Staff with current Pennsylvania and FBI Fingerprint Clearances, as well as over 40 years of combined experience working with at-risk children and their families


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