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Neighbors lend a hand across Vermont

Posting on Front Porch Forum to neighbors results in finding what you need!

“Judy answered our posting for a long ladder to do the painting of a 2 story garage behind my house. We were able to accomplish our goal and the garage is painted! Thanks to Judy and Front Porch Forum for getting us together.”  • Frances in Barre

“If you ever need a pet sitter have no fear- there are plenty of qualified, animal loving entrepreneurs nearby. Also, kind neighbors willing to lend a hand. Just post to FPF!” • Caysie in Jericho

“I would like to thank everyone who offered a free cat carrier. The response was many and not expected. This Forum is great.” • Margaret in Middlebury

“Thank you all so much for the offers for a dorm fridge…..I found one! The responses were incredible…..SUCH AN AWESOME COMMUNITY and such an awesome resource FPF is.”  • Michele in N. Fayston

 


Can you follow your cat into cohousing?

Here’s a beautiful story and poem from a FPF member who lives in Burlington co-housing…

© Sharyl Green
August 10 2017
Burlington VT


Successful search for foster parents

State agencies find using Front Porch Forum as a tool to speak to Vermonters works well.

“In the first few days after our initial statewide posting seeking foster parents we had more than 50 inquiries!”
• Lynn M. Bruce, VT Department for Children and Families

FPF members respond when the need is expressed.

An abundance of canoes and sheetrock

An FPF post that launched a thousand canoes….
“Recently I posted a request seeking a canoe to borrow or rent for use in showing to visitors our local ponds and lakes. In response I received offers for enough canoes to float a navy. I am grateful to live in this good and generous community.”  • Stephen in Woodbury

Your neighbors have what you need! Ask them on Front Porch Forum, as this neighbor did who was doing renovation work on his home:

“Wow, you wouldn’t believe how much scrap sheetrock there is in Jericho! I had a bunch of responses before the FPF email even went out, and was able to pick up the piece I needed from the first one who responded. Thanks everyone! What did we do before FPF was around??”   • Chris in Jericho

 


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