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A community responds to help a neighbor in need!

A Front Porch Forum member posts: It has come to my attention that a family in the Valley no longer has a working stove. I have had no luck so far finding one for them. It doesn’t have to be new or grand…just functioning! We would like free but, if it is a reasonable price might consider.” 

Two days later….
Thanks to everyone who responded to my request for a gas stove for a local family. We found one and they even offered to deliver!  We have a fabulous, generous community!”  • Johnnye with the MRV Food Shelf

Know someone who could use some help? Ask your neighbors on FPF!


Organizing a Repair Cafe

We love this idea undertaken by Front Porch Forum members. Doing something good for the environment and building social contacts!

“Do you need something fixed? Come to the first ever Repair Cafe. Start collecting your household items to be fixed at this FREE event. We have fixers willing to work on watches, bicycles, clothing, knitting projects, electric appliances, small office equipment, furniture, small engines, lamps, tools (including sharpening) and electrical gadgets. And we even have someone willing to tutor you with your smart phone!” • Cathy in Charlotte

“One of the “fixperts” reinforced my eyeglass frames. This may save me having to buy a whole new pair of frames (very expensive!). Thank you. What a wonderful event!” • Lucy in Plainfield

“I was fortunate to have a loose jacket zipper secured, a broken hoe handle extracted, a few pair of earrings brought back to life and iPhone issues resolved. I witnessed holes in sweaters and coats mended; a chainsaw, sewing machines and lamps fixed; and blades sharpened and that was just in the short hour I was there. What a great event to connect with community members while bringing back to life items that would have been needlessly discarded.” • Judy in Charlotte

Here’s how you can do the same in your neighborhood:

STEPS:

  1. Post to organize several neighbors to volunteer making repairs. Suggest the idea of a “Repair Cafe” and seek a place to hold the event.
  2. Post an announcement two weeks prior to the event to invite neighbors in need of repairs AND to encourage volunteer help.
  3. Post a reminder message three days before.
  4. Choose the “Event” category so that your posting also shows up in the FPF Community Calendar.
  5. Check the share box to include neighboring towns.

“Repair is possible, and often not that difficult, with a little bit of community support.” — The Repair Café Foundation


A variety of ideas to build community connections

Front Porch Forum members reach out to their neighbors to come together in their community:

If you are looking for more plants for your garden, come to the Neighborhood Plant Swap! This is a free plant give-away, neighbor to neighbor.” • Melanie in Burlington

“Join your friends, neighbors, and fellow residents to share YOUR vision for the future of our town. The Vermont Council on Rural Development will facilitate a Community Visit Day to ask ALL residents about opportunities, challenges, and ideas for action for the community.” • Pat in Wallingford

“There have been discussions regarding a community center to serve the needs of our diverse population. Perhaps you’d like to participate in such a conversation? If yes please get back to me through this forum and we’ll see where it leads.” • Rolf in Hinesburg

“Any other new moms/parents out there interested in getting together to share parenting advice and ideas or just have a cup of coffee with babies in tow?”   Anna in Bristol

“Looking to meet other working professionals in their 20’s-30’s. Take turns hosting potlucks with different themes?”  Laura in Waterbury

“Wouldn’t it be fun to have a series of story-telling events? We’d hear stories from our friends, neighbors, family and strangers: real people, telling true stories from the heart. A great way to build community spirit and get to know each other better.”  Sherril in Randolph

Have an idea to connect with your neighbors? Reach out on FPF!


Boosting attendance at local events

Event organizers find using FPF for promotion increases attendance:

“The turnout was the best yet. We asked a lot of the attendees as they were leaving where they heard about the show and many said Front Porch Forum. Thanks for you support and sponsorship, it did really help us get the people through the door.”  • John with Made in Vermont Marketplace

“2017’s Open Farm Week event saw increased reach through partnership marketing with the Vermont Department of Tourism and Marketing and Front Porch Forum, drawing visitors from Vermont and beyond to the many participating farms throughout the state.”  Reported in the Bennington Banner

Post your event on FPF or contact us to learn how to broaden your reach at localbiz@frontporchforum.com!


In-person conversations lift the spirit

Front Porch Forum members spend time connecting with their neighbors in person.

“Waiting at the DMV I met Mr Congeniality himself: 4-year old Isaac. He and I quickly struck up a friendly conversation. He was thoughtful and creative and funny. And to be honest, I’ve had a pretty crummy week otherwise, but chatting with that bright-eyed kid was a lovely distraction.” • Morgen in Montpelier

Let’s start being more real, more in-person. Stop living so much of life in cyberspace. Commit to replacing some screen time with real time. Quality time. Our world will be better as a result of every in-person connection we have.” • John in Barre

“With all the sad news happening around the world, I just feel the strong desire to spread happiness & positivity, and Front Porch Forum seems the perfect place to do it!” • Elaine in Northfield

Feel free to continue spreading happiness on FPF!


Neighbors make our communities great places to live

We’ve been witnessing a number of good acts happening these days!

“Our lost keys were found and returned thanks to a post on Front Porch Forum. This isn’t the first time that lost items were returned to us via FPF. Thanks to all our neighbors for making this such a great place to live!” • Amy in Winooski

“I would like to send out many thanks to Front Porch Forum for making it possible to be reunited with my lost chainsaw & equipment. FPF has once again showed to me why it is a valuable community electronic bulletin board.” • Ben in Worcester

“So grateful for honest people in our community to return stuff when found to the right owner! Just saying!” • Hilda in Montpelier

“Thanks to the kind folks who responded to my post yesterday and to the individual who placed my mitten safely on a fence post! FPF is a wonderful community tool!” • Rosemeryl in Jericho

Alert your neighbors if you’ve lost or found something on Front Porch Forum!


Penguin now has a home

Witnessing daily small acts of neighborliness on Front Porch Forum

“What an amazing community we all live within! Thank you very much to the dozens of people who offered Penguin the hen a home after the fisher cat attack on her coop. She is now happily ensconced in a neighbor’s coop, and I feel very happily ensconced among this amazingly generous and caring community.”
• Zoe in Underhill


FPF
’s recent survey shows that 89% of respondents say their neighbors help others. How true!

 


Helping DPW crews identify potholes

“This has been a real tough winter for streets and sidewalks. The weather is soon to get warmer and DPW crews are already filling in the worst potholes. But… there are miles of street. They need the public to act as their eyes. DPW reads FPF and the hazards you identify will get filled in.

Lets start a thread that results in the top offenders identified and addressed ASAP. I reported the pothole that shakes shocks as well as the significant dip in front of the library that savvy drivers try to dodge. Please post the street and block of your nominee(s) so that DPW crews can get to it sooner than later. Help us all out.” • Richard in Montpelier

“The Duxbury Selectboard in partnership with our Highway Foreman, will be sharing updates about road work, conditions, equipment updates and crew news to help keep everyone informed about what’s happening on our town roads.” • Erin in Duxbury

Front Porch Forum members also share their thanks to town road crews:
“The road crews have had a crazy winter to deal with! Snow, ice, mud, repeat…Potholes, frozen culverts, flooding. They do what they have to do every day …Thanks to all for your determination everyday.”  • Richard in Hyde Park

“Thank you for sending the plow truck this am – it was appreciated!!”  • Sharon in Argyle


Vacation tips from neighbors

Traveling soon? Your neighbors on Front Porch Forum just might have some stellar recommendations!

“I reached out on FPF for tips on places to visit and things to do while in Florida. I was looking forward to seeing family but dreading the Florida part of the trip. However, thanks to kind and seasoned travelers on FPF, I got a lot of tips that had me eating in a Greek restaurant in a sponge-diving community, kayaking down the Weeki Wachee River, and swimming with manatees. What a helpful community!” • Carl in East Montpelier