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Best of social media

VPR correspondent, Stephanie Green, shared her FPF experience on the radio this morning. Looking to her neighbors for recommendations on a good plumber, she was “astounded to get 13 useful replies in 24 hours…. I had no idea so many people read these posts so closely – or felt so passionately about their plumbers. And the re-connection to my neighbors was heartening. This, I think, is social media at its best, and it’s a relief when we’re daily buffeted by national headlines about social media at its very worst.”

Read or listen to her commentary at http://digital.vpr.net/post/greene-best-social-media

 


Trusted, local searchable recommendations

“As you seek referrals for tradespeople and other services, don’t forget that Front Porch Forum maintains an easily searchable archive of all previous postings. I’ve used the archive several times and have found it to be very user-friendly.”  • Paul in Hinesburg

“Getting recommendations for local services like house cleaning and firewood is one of the benefits of FPF. When making a recommendation I encourage everyone to use the “Reply to Forum” button. This helps out your favorite local businesses and it will also add your answer into the searchable FPF archive.” • Adam in Richmond


Summer work with the help of neighbors

College students and landscapers find work with the help of FPF:

“Just wanted to let everyone know that I am booked with at least 9 people to work for this summer and will post something if I am open to more work. Thank you all to those who have replied to my Front Porch Forum as it helps a lot!” • Kyle in Moretown

“Thanks to FPF, I saw a post for landscaping, masonry, carpentry, painting, and driveway repair work when I needed help fixing our stone wall. Jeremy fixed the problems with speed and skill. He’s a clean, careful worker. I will hire him again.” • Casey in Johnson

“Thank you for all the recommendations for Lawn Care, we have someone now. I greatly appreciate all the responses and love Front Porch Forum.” • Kim in Morrisville

Looking for help with odd jobs around the house? Try FPF!


Looking for strong applicants?

Try FPF and reach people in the regions where you need help.

“We recently decided to advertise a position on Front Porch Forum for the first time. We are delighted with the results: the cost was reasonable and we found 11 great candidates!” • Lynn, Marketing & Outreach Officer at the Vermont Department for Children and Families

“In the last week I have gotten 2 inquiries about foster care in Bridgewater. Front Porch Forum is where they saw the need – it is definitely reaching people we were not reaching before!”
• Resource Coordinator  – Family Services Division – Hartford Office

Reach us at localbiz@frontporchforum.com if you’d like to learn more.


Who steals a Porto-Let?

Isle La Motte’s Town Clerk reaches out on Front Porch Forum for help in finding their missing porto-let!

“The porto-let placed at the Isle La Motte Rec Field was stolen. It is tan unit, If anyone has any information, please call the Town Hall. Thank you.”

Neighbors keep each other alert on FPF when theft is apparent:

“Hello neighbors, just wanted to let you know that someone broke into my car this past Saturday night. Must have happened between 11 pm – 7 am. They ransacked looking for anything to take. Remember to lock your doors!”
• Jenny in Malletts Bay

“My home was broken into during the day earlier this week through an unlocked window. As the temperatures rise, remember to keep windows and doors locked when you’re away and report any suspicious activity.” • Claire in Burlington


Our neighbors are so cool

As we prepare for unusually hot temperatures this weekend, neighbors look out for each other on Front Porch Forum.

“A BIG THANK YOU to everyone that responded to my post seeking an AC unit. We are all set now for the heatwave! Our neighbors are so cool! Thank you for taking the time to help a neighbor!” • April in Shelburne

“It looks like Vermont might hit 100 degrees this weekend! To keep cool, turn off lights, TVs, entertainment systems and computers. They use energy and add heat to your home. Also, use cooler morning or evening hours for tasks that produce heat or moisture (like dishwashing, baking, laundry, or showering). For more ways to save visit www.efficiencyvermont.com. Stay safe this weekend, drink lots of water, and if all else fails…that’s what creemees are for!” • Matt, Senior Customer Support Specialist, Efficiency Vermont

FPF member shares tips on how to stay nice and cool: Put ice cubes and water in a small bucket — then soak a thin hand towel in the bucket — wring it out — then fold to make a 3 to 4 inch strip — place on back of neck — make sure to cover both arteries on the right and left side of your neck — cools you right away —- indoors or outdoors.” • Joe in Montpelier


Character, Principles, Integrity

Good deeds get noticed on Front Porch Forum.

“A big thank you to all involved in helping get my husband’s lost wallet back to him! Everyone was great – so lucky we have such a wonderful community.” • Lynn and Dave in Plainfield

“To the person who found my credit card in one of Hannaford’s aisles and turned it in at customer service, I thank you. Thanks to all the people who have proven that there are many good acts happening these days.”  • William in Burlington

Inspired by the kindness of someone in your community? Let people know on FPF!


A shout out to generous neighbors

Thank you all, and, Front Porch Forum, for the ability to seek items, and the onslaught of people that responded!” • Dean in Rochester

“I am so happy that I post here before any where else cause it’s the community you live in that is always the most helpful.”  • Heather in Grand Isle

“Thanks to everyone who responded so quickly with my search for Mason Jars and Glass Jugs for our wedding. I am once again overwhelmed at the outpouring of support in this community.” • Lisa in Fayston

“I was looking to borrow a Pole Saw and within ten minutes of my post my doorbell rang with my neighbor having a pole saw in his hand!” • Chris in So. Burlington

“It looks like we’ve found our hoop! What a great community this is!” • Jennifer in Middlebury

“Thanks to all who responded to our call for wood. FPF is a life saver and our friends & neighbors are beyond helpful.” • Cecile in Vergennes

Several people responded to my search for bike wheels…I’m so stoked about this project and the community that so readily pitched in to help.” • Seth in Cambridge

“In regards to ‘Desperately Seeking Bed’, thank you to all that responded to my plea! It’s really nice knowing that I have moved to such a great place with amazing people!” • Erica in Stowe


10% of Barn Sale Proceeds

Neighbors frequently extend their thanks to FPF, including John who held a barn sale in Cornwall, and donated a portion of his sales. Free or for sale, members find success on FPF:

“The bike helmet was taken within an hour of the posting. Thank you Front Porch Forum.” • Jean in Middlebury

“Thanks. FPFers. The Trek bikes are gone. We had over 30 responses.”
• Jeff in Waterbury

“The Subaru tires are gone, thanks to all those who inquired, I don’t think it took all of 15 minutes really. Support FPF!” • Fred & Karen in Northfield

“As a thank you to Front Porch Forum, a donation will be made to FPF equal to 10% of the total proceeds from orders received from this posting and future postings. Thanks FPF!” • John from Got Vinyl?

“Free tandem kayak found a good home and we really appreciate all the interest. Our Front Porch Forum is a GREAT resource!”
• Rick in Jericho

Thanks to FPF the golf clubs and cart were picked up today.”
• Irene in Barre

“The bike has gone to a new home. Front Porch Forum is a wonderful place.” • Kathy in Jericho


Need a tailor? Or a lawn tractor fixed?

From recommendations to suggestions on do it yourself repairs, Front Porch Forum members respond!

“Thanks to all who gave me recommendations for a tailor/seamstress, they were much appreciated. FPF rocks!”
• Pam in St. George

“I posted that I was looking for a dog groomer, a chaise lounge and upholster. And low and behold, I got lots of recommendations and 3 possible chaise lounges. I love FPF!” • Hasso in Calais

In response to a request for lawn tractor repair, a neighbor responds: Can’t help you with a recommendation, but 9 times out of 10 these “no juice” “won’t crank” problems boil down to a safety switch. There are probably three or four on your machine: one under the seat (operator presence), one on the mower deck switch (make sure it’s off), and one on the brake or clutch pedal (must be depressed). Also make sure your transport/mow speed lever or pedal is in neutral. Wiggle all those around and see if you can’t get it started.”  • Peter in Cornwall