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Need a lawnmower? Ask your neighbors!

You never know who may respond! Front Porch Forum members often find their neighbors lending a hand.

“I want to thank Stewart for answering my request for a working push mower for little to no money. He came by today with a really nice mower that’s going to workout just perfect for me free of charge. I knew that with all my friends and neighbors i would find one but a nice mower for free thank you very much Stewart i greatly appreciate your help. There’s still great people out there and they could be your neighbor.”  • Darin in Winooski

In need of a household or yard work item? Ask your neighbors on FPF!


Home repair help from neighbors

Overwhelming support from neighbors!

“Thank you for everyone who reached out to recommend their “go to” roofers. We’ve got a lot of contractors to get in touch with, such a wonderful community to be a part of!!!” • Ashley in Ripton

Thanks so much to all the neighbors who responded to my post for help finding a person/company providing water drainage support for my basement. FPF rocks!” • Denise in Waitsfield

When in doubt go to FPF– I must have had 10 people send me names of contractors who could put foam insulation under my kitchen floor. Thank you!” • Lynda in Middlebury

I want to thank everyone who responded to my request for recommendations for painters. It was rewarding to see so many replies. Thanks Front Porch Forum. I have found a painter!”
• Joann in Burlington

Need to fix something in your home? Or have a project needing attention?  Ask your neighbors for recommendations on FPF!


Finding a way home…

Front Porch Forum is known for the invaluable help that members provide in reconnecting lost pets with their owners. They also go the extra step to return lost items!

Thank you to all our friends and neighbors for helping us locate our cat Maggie! Thank you too to FPF for this valuable communication network!” • Sue and Filipe in Burlington

“The scared little terrier Winston and his brother Ollie are home in large part to my great neighbors who I haven’t officially even met yet! By the time I ran home from work there was a network including this forum on the lookout. I’m moved to tears at the generosity and thoughtfulness we have found in our new community.”  • Allison in Fletcher

Thank you to whomever returned my blue walking stick! I came home to see it leaning by my front door. My granddaughter had painted it for me as a Christmas present, and I am exceedingly grateful to have it back. Thank you, Front Porch Forum!” • Earline in Montpelier


Neighbors help find resources for elderly mom

As parents begin to age, and we take them in to live with us, outfitting a home for their care can be a new challenge. Front Porch Forum members gave LOTS of resources for their neighbor:

Initial posting: “Hi FPF friends, My mother is coming to live with us tomorrow and i am seeking a walker for her. If anyone has one they are no longer using, I would love to hear from you.”  • Cyndee in Shelburne

Response one day later: “Many thanks to those who responded to my request for a walker. I want to share what i learned. 
1. Chittenden Country Agency on Aging in Essex, same shopping center as Big Lots offers walkers at no charge. 
2. Good Samaritan Network loan closet at the Fanny Allen has medical equipment (walkers, canes, crutches) available at no cost 
3. There’s a website with free/inexpensive assistive technology stuff of all sorts, which you probably have no idea even exists. It can be a great resource for people to pass on or get stuff to help make life easier for those with disabilities. It’s called: www.getATstuff.com 
4. Many other kind people on FPF are willing to loan or pass their medical equipment along :)”

 


You know you’re in Vermont when….

Two pounds of cheese is found and reported on Front Porch Forum!

“Did you lose your cheese on Friday or Saturday? Found: one 2-lb block of Cabot cheddar on Main Street Saturday morning. Despite adventuring by the side of the road, the packaging looks intact and the cheese looks good. If you can correctly identify whether it was Sharp, Extra Sharp, or Seriously Sharp, I would be happy to reunite it with you.”
Dana in Montpelier

We see some of the best lost and found stories on FPF!

UPDATE: The owner of the lost cheese was not found… However, it will be shared at the upcoming contra dance for all to share “in a glorious celebration of free neighborly cheese.” #DidYouLoseYourCheese


Speedy results on bargain sales

Whether you’re looking for or selling an item on FPF, members find speedy results!

“Everyone loves a bargain – last week my iPad sold 10 minutes after posting!!”
Jean in Burlington

“Way to go Front Porch Forum! We asked for a dinghy, and within two hours had two offers.”
• Michelle in Middlebury


Neighbors respond to help kids

It takes a community to raise a child, as noted on Front Porch Forum this week.

Posted on Wednesday:
“Hello Neighbors, I’m working with children in Lamoille County who would love any toys (or books) your children have outgrown. I’m happy to pick up and distribute them. They will be well loved and played with often, so if your toys are ready for a new home, please contact me.”

And days later….
“Thank you to everyone who responded to my posting. I was able to fill my truck up with all the donated goods left on my porch. I will be delivering and distributing it all this week and will let the kids know it’s all from Stowe’s generous community!”   • Leah in Stowe

Have items in your home no longer in use? Could a neighbor use them? Post it on FPF!


Plea for help from chocolate lab owner gets answered

Front Porch Forum members turn to their neighbors often for help answering questions and meeting needs.

On Monday: “We have a new vehicle and the seat is too high for Reuben (my chocolate Lab) to jump into. He has arthritis in his front and back legs. He is fiercely independent….and resists my efforts to help him in. If anyone out there has a solution we would be very grateful.”

By Wednesday: “Thanks to all the folks who answered Reuben’s plea for a better way to get into his new car. Warren (and his sister) provided the answer. We thank everyone for the quick responses. FPF comes through again.”  • Deb in Montpelier

Looking for a solution to a problem? Ask your neighbors on FPF!


Find & Seek with your neighbors

Neighbors across the state turn to their local FPF for recommendations on who to turn to when they need help and to support local entrepreneurs.

“Thank You for the Seamstress Reco’s! This forum is the best! Donna from SSE wins by popular demand. Will be sure to tell her of her overwhelming popularity when I see her.”
• Kate in Waterbury

“I’d like to offer a recommendation for Casey and her eggs. I’ve been buying them for a couple of months and they are tasty and fresh. Fun too as some are light blue shells… help support a local family!”
Bets in Barre

“When we were looking for a carpenter/handyman/painter I looked here on Front Porch Forum and found recommendations for Jeremiah. Thank you, FPF, because he is great!”
Martha in Shelburne

 

 


Connecting lost items with owners

Neighbors helping neighbors….it happens everyday on Front Porch Forum.

“I found a very nice cordless drill in the road this morning. Please let me know if you are missing one.”  • Judd in Bridport

“Found: Gold Chain and Cross – Yours? Describe it and it will happily go back home to you.”   • Katherine in Charlotte

“I found a 5 gallon gasoline canister in the road this evening. Email if this is yours.”  • Ann in Waterbury

“Found Flash Drive on N. Street – Yours? It is little and blue. I found it and would love to get it back to you.” • Noah in Burlington

Find something you think someone would like to have returned? Post it on FPF!