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Young people lend a hand to elderly neighbor

Sharing kindnesses on FPF between neighbors!

“Recently, I had a wonderful experience. In the first quarter of my eighty-first year, I was out on my front lawn picking up debris left by the big wind. Two young people on bikes stopped wondering if I needed any help cleaning up. I was stunned. I questioned them and they both said they just wanted to help. They worked steadily and with good cheer. It took the three of us just under an hour to complete a task I estimated at three hours or more. So, if anyone on Front Porch Forum knows the family, please direct them to this thank you note. Their parents should be very proud of these two great young people.” • Carl in Essex Junction

And, in response:
“Thank you so much for the beautiful note, what a lovely surprise. We are so happy to live in a community that appreciates the same values that we do! We are very proud of our kids and made sure to tell them!” • Travis and Crystal

 


Sold: Snow tires, chickens and more

Many people respond to posts for items on sale in their neighborhood FPF.

“Thanks Front Porch Forum for selling eight snow tires… four Subaru Outback and four Ford Escape.”  • Linda and Norm 

“I love how, on FPF, one person will post how they want a leaf vacuum machine and the next post will be a person selling his leaf vacuum machine! Thanks, FPF, for making it easy to find what we’re looking for! Isn’t it a great service?” • Lydia in Shelburne

“Without Front Porch Forum I couldn’t sell my chickens.”
• Janet in Danville

Use FPF to post about items you’re looking for, and you just might find them!


Home fix-it repairs made easy

Everyday, neighbors use Front Porch Forum to find the services they need.

“Thanks to FPF we had an excellent window washing experience.”
• Michelle in Williston

“Thanks to FPF and the community. We now have several names to contact for our bathroom remodeling.” • Catherine in Jericho

“Thanks to all who responded to my request for recommendations for garage door repair. AND thanks to FPF for making it so easy to get recommendations!” • Ruth in Adamant

Remember, in addition to posting your requests, you can also use FPF’s Business Directory as another tool to find what you need.


Offers of hot meals, hot showers and warmth

During last week’s wind storm that affected so many Vermonters, FPF was flooded with posts offering help to neighbors. And our town officials used Front Porch Forum to communicate needs, assistance and thanks….

“When you see our road crew and firefighters, give them a hand for their hard work throughout last nights storm. These folks were out in that crazy weather, clearing trees and trying to keep our roads open! Thanks also to all the good neighbors who have been offering to help each other out.”   • Sally, Lincoln Town Clerk

“Are you still without power and running water from the recent storm? The Stowe Arena will be open from 8am-9pm for community members who would like a hot shower.”
• Emily, 
Program Director, Stowe Parks & Recreation

This evening Robinson School will have a hot meal for those who are still without power. Chili, soup, sandwiches, water fill-up and community comfort will be available in the cafeteria 5:30-6:30 this evening.” • Edorah, Principal, Robinson Elementary School, Starksboro

“If anyone without power is in need or want of a warm, lit space to hang out for a bit or get some work done, or collect some water, or whatever, the Jericho UMC church next to the town hall will be open from 1-9 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday.” • John, United Methodist Church


Our leaf bag runneth over

With help from thousands of Vermont neighbors… we made it!  Thank you to those who chipped in to help reach Front Porch Forum‘s October Supporting Member Campaign goal of $150,000.

We’re proud to play a part in strengthening connections between neighbors — and we’ve seen how much FPF means to our members. In a recent survey, 85% of FPF members reported being more optimistic about the future of our communities.

And that is something to celebrate! So thanks for the participation and support.

If you meant to make your contribution and haven’t yet had a chance, there’s still time. Donate today!

Thanks from the entire FPF team,
Carolyn, Emily, Gisele, Jan, Jodi, Jonna, Linda, Lynn, Matt, Michael, Natanya, Nina, Renee, Robert, Suzie, Valerie, and Wendy


Kids, large and small, love Halloween!

One of Vermont’s high school principals took to posting on Front Porch Forum to remind us to support our neighborhood teens on Halloween.

“Waves of trick-or-treaters are welcomed in our neighborhoods; it’s just a special few days in this corner of the world. Many parents have (quickly?) gone from pulling children in wagons (and eating “their” candy) to wondering if their kids will “go out” this year for the last time (again!). I found this article to be brilliant and wanted to share it…I am aware that our town has always been kind to the hordes of young ghosts, goblins, zombies and ninjas while still also welcoming to the 1/2 costumed late adolescents who (perhaps like their parents) just don’t want to let go of a fun and carefree tradition.

As Principal I often find myself thankful for the empathy our community shows toward our teens, I know my students feel supported by the community. This is very important because let’s face it, it can be an intense time for our high school age youth; they may be writing their college essay, playing in a playoff game, and volunteering to raise awareness about domestic violence all while planning (or more likely not planning) their Halloween costumes.

Thanks for supporting these amazing young people — and let’s remember to watch out for the kids on the roads (be they large or small).

Happy Halloween!” • Patrick, Principal, South Burlington High School


Kitties experience adventure on their way home

“Thanks to FPF, Lola the Explorer has been found. It turns out that Lola made her way to a neighbors house during the rain the night before and, despite their cat allergies, they took her in. Moreover, they got food, a litterbox and even put flyers in the mailbox cluster at the bottom of our road to find the owner. Oh, and when the rain got heavy in the middle of the night and Lola was crying “meows” I learned that they held and pet her from 2am – 3am. I mean, who does that? Our community does, that’s who! People here are simply awesome and I’m so happy to have met a new neighbor albeit under unusual circumstances.”  • Kristin in Stowe

“Thanks to Front Porch Forum the lost Kitten that we rescued earlier today was reunited with his family! Poor little guy had been gone since yesterday morning.” • April in Swanton

“An update that the tail-less kitten I posted about earlier has been rescued by another FPF member who lives in the vicinity and found him on their porch. So a happy ending and another successful FPF story. I’ll let them decide whether they post to find him a forever-home, or cave in and keep the little adventurer for themselves (as he seems to be winning them over).” • Scott in Bristol


FPF Tech Team Expands

Since 2006, Front Porch Forum has been helping neighbors connect and build community by hosting a statewide network of online local forums. Our strong tech team plays a crucial role in this work and we’re happy to announce the addition of our new in-house software engineer – Matt Barry!

Matt works closely with longtime CTO, Jan Schultz, and Toronto-based tech firm The Working Group. Together they maintain and improve FPF’s unique web application, which is used by half of the households in Vermont on a daily basis. Stay posted for new features and updates!

Matt looks forward to his new role and remarks “I really enjoy working on a special product that has a measurable positive impact, not only in the community I live in, but also across the state. I think FPF has some unique and interesting technical challenges due to the inherently geographic nature of the service.”


Organizing for community dinners

Front Porch Forum members can reach out to their neighbors to start or continue traditions that connect us in person.

“Is there anyone interested in continuing the tradition of our town’s Community Christmas Dinner? With a loyal group of volunteers, it’s been happening for more then 25+ years…. If interested contact us and if you know anyone who is not on FPF please let them know about this, we’d really appreciate it.”  • Cathy in Waterbury

“We are pleased to invite you to the first Saplings’ Community Dinner….Bring your families and friends, all are welcome. Looking forward to seeing you!”  • Melissa in Craftsbury

 

Connecting with our neighbors… it’s what Front Porch Forum is all about!


What will your contribution mean?

A contribution to Front Porch Forum will…

  • Sustain and improve the FPF e-newsletter.  FPF’s staff of 16 produce each issue, and provide personalized customer service seven days a week, serving 140,000 members in all 251 towns in Vermont! 
  • Deliver new features, like FPF’s online Business Directory.  More improvements to the FPF experience are under development.
  • Increase FPF membership in towns across Vermont and upstate New York. The more neighbors who participate in a Forum, the more vibrant and useful it is for all.

This recent posting from a FPF member says it all:
“I finally made my donation today, after saying I would get to it quite a while ago. It was quick and easy!”
• Maria in Barre

We’re in the homestretch of our October Supporting Member Campaign and we’re still $35,000 short of our goal. Make your contribution today to continue to bring this free service to every town in Vermont!

Thanks in advance from the Staff at FPF –

Carolyn, Emily, Gisele, Jan, Jodi, Jonna, Linda, Lynn, Matt, Michael, Natanya, Nina, Renee, Robert, Suzie, Valerie, and Wendy