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Finding civil discourse, compassion, and encouragement

Many Front Porch Forum members have expressed their gratitude for having this communication tool to connect with neighbors.

“As I have traveled from our beautiful state, I have realized what a jewel our FPF is whenever we need or want to connect with neighbors. Other people just don’t have this. So many times that FPF has been there when we needed it: There was the time I needed equipment following my mother’s hip operation. My husband and I were able to round out our furnishings after we moved in. I was able to get people engaged in Yoga for the local Food Shelf. I have watched people reunited with beloved pets and have been warned of issues that might impact us. Shared plants and recipes and notification of events nearby…

There has been the occasional drama, but it also has been a place of civil discourse, compassion, and encouragement. I recommend becoming a sustaining member – it is easy and then you won’t forget to give if you are busy during the FPF appeal.
Your neighbor in this great state of ours” • Lynn in St. George


Front Porch Forum coming to Cambridge, NY!

Thanks to a local group of supporters, Front Porch Forum is excited to bring our online service that helps neighbors connect and build community to the people of Cambridge, White Creek and Jackson, NY! Learn more about this initiative at an informational meeting tonight at 7PM at Battenkill Books.

Founded in Burlington, VT in 2006, FPF hosts local online forums in all 250 towns in Vermont, plus Argyle, NY. People use the site to find lost dogs, recommend sources of cord wood, organize help for a neighbor who is ill, find a babysitter, discuss local issues, report a break-in, and much more.

More than 140,000 households in FPF’s coverage area use the service to tune into local conversations and news and now the residents of the Cambridge, New York region can as well!


Planning a neighborhood block party?

Turn to your neighbors on Front Porch Forum, like this member did, to get it done!

“Is there any interest in having a casual neighborhood social / block party some time this fall to get to know each other? Willing to do most of the legwork organizing if others are interested. I put together a survey, and hope you’ll take a minute to fill it out and let me know! Feel free to send this to others that may not be on FPF. If there is digital interest, I will post signs around the hood in the near future. Take care!” • Sara in South Burlington

Get to know your neighbors in person and organize your own neighborhood event.






Share the harvest! And egg cartons…

Across the state, neighbors are finding their “foodie” posts on Front Porch Forum have a great response.

“Edible Brattleboro’s “Share the Harvest” stand – Pick up fresh produce at NO charge or drop off surplus from your garden to share or exchange.”  • Marilyn in Brattleboro

“It’s really nice to know that lots of people do read and pay attention to the postings on FPF and don’t hesitate to reach out when someone needs something. Thank you all so much for passing along the egg cartons.”   • Linda, Waterbury Area Food Shelf

“Wow thanks to FPF we sold out of berries and muffins an hour after posting!”   • Elizabeth in Stowe

Have some farm news to share? Post about it on FPF!


Getting stuff done

Valuable connections are made on Front Porch Forum daily.

“I would just like to give another shout-out to FPF. This is such a great place to get stuff done. In the last two weeks, I sold my car, got a free tv, gave away our old BBQ, and found a beautiful baby swing. We’ve also met some very nice people. Thank you!”
•  Gretchen in Warren

FPF is one of my favorite ways to stay connected with my community. FPF gives all of us a wonderful way to relate to each other and there is no charge to use it.”  • Sandy in Burlington

Looking to get stuff done? Try your neighborhood FPF!


Donating “Green” for the food shelf

Front Porch Forum members help their local food shelf by sharing the abundance in their gardens.

“Last year my garden produced an abundance of cucumbers, so I brought them to the food shelf. They were delighted every time they saw me coming with another donation so this year I planted a little extra of everything so I can share again.”  •  Barry in Morrisville

“Bravo to Marcia for sharing her exquisite dahlia bulbs and asking us lucky recipients to donate to the food shelf. Giving so others can enjoy these gorgeous flowers and only asking to help feed the needy in return. An amazing neighbor and example to follow.”
•  Abi in Morrisville

Have tips to share on helping others in your town? Post it on FPF!