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
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!
A neighbor uses FPF to pull neighbors into an international aid project.
“I could use money to fund my work in Nepal, and would really like to feel the support of my community behind me. Sharing the number of people who have helped bring me to Nepal with the women I will be serving will also let them know that they are not invisible and their lives matter. With your help the circles of love and peace will grow larger and stronger.”
Neighbors respond and a community of support is built:
“Thank you so much for your donation! Along with your financial support, I will take with me your modeling of being community builders. Connecting with self and others will likely be a core theme in the work the students develop for the safe house. I am better prepared to assist them by having you in my community.” • Topaz in Burlington
Have a cause that you’re passionate about supporting? Let your neighbors know on Front Porch Forum and expand your efforts!
A beautiful example of making social connections through FPF…
“I let my New Yorker subscription lapse because I couldn’t keep up, but with everything that’s going on, I’m regretting it. Is there anyone out there that would like to pass your New Yorkers on to me a week or two after you get them? I’d be happy to share the subscription cost with you.”
• Heather in Burlington
After receiving multiple responses, Heather responded: “Hello generous neighbors! My neighbor behind me has offered to share her old New Yorkers with me, and that sounds like the simplest plan logistically. But…if you’d be interested in starting a New Yorker book club (no reading requirements! you just discuss the articles that interested you most and/or happened to read), let me know!”
Neighbors quickly responded in favor! Make new connections and see what ideas/initiatives could spring from posting to your neighbors on Front Porch Forum!
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!
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!
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!