From community projects to block parties, many are using surveys on Front Porch Forum:
“Just a quick reminder to take the White Church survey – what do you want the church to become? Let’s hear peoples ideas!” • Eric in Westford
“In an effort to strengthen the safety and health of our neighborhood, we have created a survey to get a sense of what people would like to see updated or improved, and what people might be able to do to help make these things happen.” • Kate and Matt in South Burlington
“We recently did a survey and FPF came in as one of the most reliable sources of info for seniors.” • Patricia in Winooski
Want to get your neighbors input through FPF? Here’s how:
- Create a survey. Research which platform will work best for your needs.
- Create a post with a link to the survey on FPF. Explain the intent of the survey.
- Post a reminder post prior to your deadline for input.
- Have others in the neighborhood also post reminders.
- Check the share box to include neighboring towns if appropriate.
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!
Front Porch Forum members routinely recognize the volunteers who give graciously in their communities.
“I managed to make a spectacular fall this past winter and ignored the pain until it was 2 AM on a very snowy night. Unable to get out of bed, I called 911 and within 10 minutes an ambulance with four young people backed down my 6” deep snow covered drive to my front door. Four young people put me on a stretcher and carried me to the waiting ambulance.
On the way to the hospital I discovered two of my attendants were high school students. This being a Tuesday night at 3 AM, I asked about school and was told they had classes the next day at 8 O’Clock and would be there. They did this routinely as volunteers, twice a month.
I think this is an overwhelming testament to the American, (Vermont?) teenager of today.. I don’t know how many volunteer rescue services have similar programs, but I certainly appreciate this one.” • Jack in Jericho
FPF members remind us of the importance of in person connections.
“I’d love to see a float or section of the parade for NEW IN TOWN residents. How much fun would it be to meet babies born in the last year as well as any new families and other residents who moved here in the past 12 months or so!!! We could introduce ourselves during the after-parade festivities. Not all of us have the format of school activities for getting to know others, and using this idea would create another opportunity for knitting together our community.” • Susan in Westford
Have your own idea to share on meeting new people in town? Share on Front Porch Forum.
“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
Front Porch Forum members celebrate community in various ways this Memorial Day weekend.
“We’re going to hold an old-fashioned Block Party and celebrate in the street with games, food and fun…. so come out and play with us!” • Kate in St. Albans
Following the ceremony, the Legion Auxiliary is hosting a potluck lunch.” • John in Guilford
“Please join us for an Ice Cream Social as we say hello to summer!” • Julie in Essex Junction
FPF applauds the many communities who will be gathering together in remembrance and tribute to our veterans.
FPF members are sharing news in their neighborhoods on how to deal with ticks.
“After talking to area residents we think reporting tick bites will help us know and get a feel for our local situation. It would be helpful to answer all or some of these questions.
– When were you bitten?
– Where do you think you picked up the tick?
– Were you wearing repellent?
– Do you know what kind it was? (Example – Deer Tick/Black Legged Tick, Dog Tick, Lone Star Tick, etc. Google to identify.)
– Did you take the tick to a health center or send it in to be tested (University Of Mass is one place that tests)?
Please report onto your neighborhood Front Porch Forum to help raise awareness. See a very interesting and informative graph for Vermont that updates Every week.” • Susan in Waitsfield
Keep alert and informed during tick season!
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
A Front Porch Forum member posts: “It has come to my attention that a family in the Valley no longer has a working stove. I have had no luck so far finding one for them. It doesn’t have to be new or grand…just functioning! We would like free but, if it is a reasonable price might consider.”
Two days later….
“Thanks to everyone who responded to my request for a gas stove for a local family. We found one and they even offered to deliver! We have a fabulous, generous community!” • Johnnye with the MRV Food Shelf
Know someone who could use some help? Ask your neighbors on FPF!
We love this idea undertaken by Front Porch Forum members. Doing something good for the environment and building social contacts!
“Do you need something fixed? Come to the first ever Repair Cafe. Start collecting your household items to be fixed at this FREE event. We have fixers willing to work on watches, bicycles, clothing, knitting projects, electric appliances, small office equipment, furniture, small engines, lamps, tools (including sharpening) and electrical gadgets. And we even have someone willing to tutor you with your smart phone!” • Cathy in Charlotte
“One of the “fixperts” reinforced my eyeglass frames. This may save me having to buy a whole new pair of frames (very expensive!). Thank you. What a wonderful event!” • Lucy in Plainfield
“I was fortunate to have a loose jacket zipper secured, a broken hoe handle extracted, a few pair of earrings brought back to life and iPhone issues resolved. I witnessed holes in sweaters and coats mended; a chainsaw, sewing machines and lamps fixed; and blades sharpened and that was just in the short hour I was there. What a great event to connect with community members while bringing back to life items that would have been needlessly discarded.” • Judy in Charlotte
Here’s how you can do the same in your neighborhood:
- Post to organize several neighbors to volunteer making repairs. Suggest the idea of a “Repair Cafe” and seek a place to hold the event.
- Post an announcement two weeks prior to the event to invite neighbors in need of repairs AND to encourage volunteer help.
- Post a reminder message three days before.
- Choose the “Event” category so that your posting also shows up in the FPF Community Calendar.
- Check the share box to include neighboring towns.
“Repair is possible, and often not that difficult, with a little bit of community support.” — The Repair Café Foundation