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Front Porch Forum awarded grant to explore social capital in Vermont

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation recently awarded a grant to Front Porch Forum to study how Vermonters use FPF to build community.

“When the Foundation approached us to do this work, it was a wonderful surprise and great honor,” said FPF co-founder Michael Wood-Lewis.

A leading national social networking research organization, Network Impact, recently conducted a statewide 20-minute survey of 140,000 FPF members. They garnered 15,000 completed surveys from every corner of Vermont. Results are pending.





Crime? Not today. Just thanks for good people

“Thank you to the resident or visitor who found my credit card on the sidewalk and returned it to the police station! It was returned before I even knew it was gone. Love this town!”
• Rachel in Stowe

It’s wonderful to see stories of neighbors helping neighbors on Front Porch Forum, instead of hearing about a stolen credit card. Lost or found something of value? Add a post in FPF!


Lost wallet anonymously returned to Burlington man… so he joins local FPF to say thanks

“Thank you very much to whomever returned my wallet to City Market customer service. A friend of mine at Mule Bar told me today that he had seen that someone had found my wallet on Front Porch Forum.  I would like to offer a reward to this mystery person. Please contact me!”
• Daniel, joined FPF in Old North End of Burlington so he could post this

Some folks use their local FPF as a form of insurance… a safety net when things go awry.  Send Vermonters to FrontPorchForum.com to sign up.


“I meet the nicest people on Front Porch Forum”

“I would like to thank all who inquired… all 4 Longaberger baskets have been sold. I meet the nicest people people on Front Porch Forum! DM, I hope you and your family get as much pleasure from them as I did. I may have more in the future.”
• Marie, Jericho FPF


Posting gratitude instead of obituary


“In the early morning hours of Monday, March 6, my life flipped upside down with the words ‘get out, get out, it’s a real fire!’ Running outdoors in one’s pajamas, into a windchill of -14, is not an experience I recommend to anyone.

“The heroes of our Burlington Fire Department were there in short order, and the Red Cross was behind them by just a few minutes. Wonderful neighbors opened their doors at once and kept them open all night through hours of the interviews, paperwork, and other mundane details of a waking nightmare. Other people’s gloves and heavy coats and bags for retrieving what we could when it was over appeared seemingly out of nowhere. A night that went badly but could have gone far, far worse was made bearable by not going through it alone. Vermonters are the best people in the world.

“I don’t know yet how long I will be displaced. There is a long period of friends’ guest rooms and daily conversations with insurance companies yet to come. There could have been a long period in a burn unit, and I am writing a Front Porch Forum post, not an obituary, so I am very grateful.

“Thanks for listening.

“P.S.–check your smoke detectors!!”

• Holly, Old North End FPF, Burlington