It’s witnessing these acts of neighborliness that has such an impact on FPF members.
“On a slushy, awful night, there was a grease fire in an apartment above Delish and The Quirky Pet. I got the call and rushed downtown to find our fire department walking through my wet shop as well as Delish where the water was literally crawling down the walls. This might sound trivial, but the concern they showed for the health and well being of my eleven parakeets in the aviary was extraordinary. All are healthy and present for because our fire department made sure my shop was powered up to remain warm and was smoke free before they left for the night. The same concern was shown for the well being of the dogs and cat in the apartments upstairs. Our fire fighters alongside my husband and me carried load after load of candy into my pet shop saving Delish’s livelihood. They didn’t have to join in on that.
It is really unfortunate that most of us don’t really notice the fire department until they are involved in a fire call. Montpelier’s fire department is a tightly run shop of really caring people who are very good at what they do. You don’t normally see them get mentioned in Front Porch Forum.
As a Montpelier business owner… and a resident of Montpelier as well, they have my heartfelt gratitude not only for what they did for Delish and my shop but for our upstairs residential neighbors as well on a very messy night weather-wise.” • Richard in Montpelier
Those with the means to help their community did so on Front Porch Forum!
“The school will be open as an emergency shelter. If you or someone you know might need a warm place to stay or a source of water, you are welcome to take shelter in the school’s multi-purpose room. Please bring sleeping bags, food and any supplies you need. You are welcome to fill your own water containers in the kitchen.” • Principal, Robinson Elementary School
“While parts of town are without power, we want to let everyone know if they need to get fresh water, charge a phone, use the WiFi, or just hang out in the light/warmth, they are welcome here. We are happy to open our doors to community members during this inconvenient time.” • Priscilla at Quarry Hill Farm
“If you are a local who is out of power, you are more then welcome to come here for a shower!”
• Erin at The Climb Fitness Center
“We have space in a chest freezer if you are out of power and want to save some of your freezer goods.” • Lisa in Richmond
A recent opinion piece in the New York Times had us reflecting on how Front Porch Forum works to bridge loneliness.
Photo credit: John Taggart for The New York Times
“Each of us can be happier, and America will start to heal when we become the kind neighbors and generous friends we wish we had.” • Arthur C. Brooks for the New York Times
FPF‘s community-centric framework has created a powerful norm of neighborliness that builds enduring social ties.
Heat it up at “the best dance party of the year” at the 10th Annual Shake Off Fundraiser to benefit VT Access. Tomorrow evening, Saturday, Dec. 1 at Main St. Landing Union Station in Burlington, from 6-11pm. Join the Family Glow Dance 6-7:30!
With winter storm Bruce hitting New England, Front Porch Forum members prepare to help
“I came across one of our elderly neighbors out shoveling by hand and having a hard go of it. I stopped to meet her and finish it up for her, and she was lamenting that none of her neighbors who she’s known for many many years offered to help, even the ones with snowblowers. I asked if she was on FPF and she reported she didn’t have a computer or internet. We had a nice talk while we worked together, about her church and spiritual understanding, and community and our collective cultural woes as we all retreat more and more behind our screens.
It was a sweet connection, and I felt well paid by the companionship and exercise. So now I’m back home behind my screen again, reaching out to my neighbors and inviting you all to come out after storms, and see what we can do together to help out our neighbors!“ • Ark in So. Burlington
What a wonderful use of Front Porch Forum!
“In loving memory of our son, Edward, my husband and I are preparing Thanksgiving Dinner for community members in need. We are also happy to provide the ingredients for a delicious dinner for families who would prefer to cook it themselves. Todd and I will be delivering the hot meals between 11 and 12 on Thanksgiving Day. Edward Heyman’s Soup’s On program will be funding the meals.” • Sandra in Huntington
“A magical story of giving: A gentleman asked if he could join me at the cafe, since there were no tables available…I was writing lots of lists for making holiday meal boxes. He asked what I was doing, I explained, then he asked if he could make a donation, and of course, I said yes! I was thinking a couple bucks, and he handed me a 100 dollar bill!! I handed it back, saying that was too much, and his response was “I have food, please use this to help others.” I had a smile on my face all day!” • Karen in Worcester
“We should be thankful for having an opportunity to express ourselves in a non threatening environment. Most all of us have families and we should take this time to give thanks to them, our community and to FPF for giving us another way to share and benefit.” • J. in Barre
Happy Thanksgiving from FPF!
Front Porch Forum members turn to their neighbors to find what they need, in a matter of minutes.
“WOW! I love the FPF Community! I received, almost before I finished my query, so many recommendations for local knife sharpening. Thank you all so much for your input and suggestions – who needs Craig’s list!” • Arrianna in Morrisville
“FPF is such an asset, Craigslist is great for certain things, however, FPF BLOWS CL away when it comes to really cool, random items for sale, for free or wanted to borrow and the fact that it’s SO local.” • Steven in Shelburne
From the obscure to the everyday, it’s likely a Front Porch Forum member can help!
Front Porch Forum members can be very creative with their postings! Witness this humorous exchange:
“What a disgrace. I’ve never in my three years of living here been more disgusted with the State of Things. No more Battalion Stallion on the Country Store menu? Was there even a vote? Together we can right this wrong. Join me and the growing ranks of outraged citizens and help restore this town treasure to the once-great menu.” • Ben in Jericho
“As both creator and destroyer of the Battalion Stallion panini, I offer my deepest, most profound sympathy for the loss of your beloved sandwich. It indeed was a stalwart of our menu for many years here. It filled up many a weary traveler on his or her way to gastric heaven. Alas, along came newer sandwiches and the Stallion became a lost pony. But only the forgotten are truly lost, as they say. This is ‘Merica, and despite our differences we can find common ground. All it takes is a good conversation and a hilarious FPF post. So, although we won’t put it back on the menu, you can stop by or call and order it. We’ll make it for you! Long live the Stallion! Hooah.” • Jon at the Jericho Center Country Store
An inspiring article in the Boston Globe recently about the importance of “democracy entrepreneurs,” meaning people who “use creative, innovative, and entrepreneurial techniques to make our civic life more participatory, inclusive, equitable, and just.”
That’s a straight-up description of what FPF does!
Check out the whole article here: bostonglobe.com/opinion/
What goes through your attic hatch other than your parents’ slide projector, the fondue set, and your prize winning ugly sweater? A lot of that heat you’re paying for 🔥💰😨.
Which is why FPF encourages you to insulate your attic hatch. Especially since the folks at Button Up Vermont will cover the cost of some of those materials! Learn how to earn up to $100 back by getting at least three DIY checklist items done at ButtonUpVermont.org
As for those items stored in our attic we no longer want, Front Porch Forum members are finding new homes for them!
“Would you like a complete dart board set containing bristle dart board, darts, play instructions and manual with double dry erase score boards? It’s a beautiful set that has been in the attic for years.” • Judy in Burlington
“I have 2 twin size box springs in very good condition that i would like to find a new home for. They have been stored in the attic for a few years.” • Priscilla in Stowe
Front Porch Forum is proud to be Button Up Vermont’s Community Partner, helping our neighbors be ready for winter.