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Need a recommendation? Having a yard sale? Looking for your lost pet?

Vermonters use Front Porch Forum for different reasons. But one thing that’s true for all FPF members is that it connects us to one another. 

FPF connects us to our neighbors and communities. It connects us to our local and state officials. And it connects us to local clubs, nonprofits and businesses. And FPF is very happy to offer this service to our members free of charge.

As more folks put FPF to use, more resources are needed to ensure the same high level of service. And, since we aim to limit paid advertising, we need additional income to cover our expenses. That’s why each October, we ask for support. Contributions allow us to reach more Vermonters and continue to bring this free service to all 251 towns in the state.

Support FPF’s mission to help neighbors connect and build community… contribute today!

FPF is not a charity and contributions are not tax deductible. Ad sales to Vermont businesses cover most of our expenses, and your Supporting Member contribution helps close the gap.

Escaped vacuum cleaner found!

Sometimes we witness the most amazing stories reading our daily FPF:

Yea Front Porch Forum is the best! To the person who saw the ad about our missing vacuum cleaner and showed his friend who had found it, our previous post thanks. You both are awesome for returning it to us. Roomba aka :”Creepy” is now grounded bad robot great neighbors however.”  • Carol in Burlington

“Our little Irobot vacuum cleaner was cleaning off our porch and wandered down the ramp and perhaps down the driveway. Now he is MIA. If you saw our little friend please let us know.”

Lost something? Ask your neighbors for help on FPF!


Dead porcupine on road

A Front Porch Forum member recently alerted neighbors of the potential…

“For any of you crafters who use porcupine quills to make jewelry, the guy has lots to offer!”  • Johanna in Newfane

You never know what your FPF neighbors might find useful!


How did Fisher get to be called a cat?

The members of FPF‘s Calais neighborhood have been having lively discussions about this creature found in Vermont’s woods!

Conversation began with this simple post alerting neighbors:
A fisher cat has returned and has been seen behind my small pond down the hill from the closed road in North Calais.”  • Reid

Followed by a flurry of topics related to the “Fisher Cat”: 
“”fisher cats” is a common, but incorrect, misnomer. The fisher is a fairly large member of the weasel family, and bears no relationship whatsoever to cats…” • Warner

“I was interested in why they have been mistakenly called cats. Are there physical similarities? Are the sounds similar? Perhaps the use got transferred to large feral cats….Just wondered..” • Mary

“With all the emphasis on “cat”..my question now is — Why fisher…? Do they fish?” • Heather

“My first thought upon seeing yet more posts about fishers was, “Oh, no!” but I found myself laughing out loud…I think I will name the next cat that comes into my life “Fisher” as in “Fisher (the) Cat…” • Craig

Nothing like lively conversation on Front Porch Forum to connect us with our neighbors!


Planning a neighborhood block party?

Turn to your neighbors on Front Porch Forum, like this member did, to get it done!

“Is there any interest in having a casual neighborhood social / block party some time this fall to get to know each other? Willing to do most of the legwork organizing if others are interested. I put together a survey, and hope you’ll take a minute to fill it out and let me know! Feel free to send this to others that may not be on FPF. If there is digital interest, I will post signs around the hood in the near future. Take care!” • Sara in South Burlington

Get to know your neighbors in person and organize your own neighborhood event.


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

 



Packages pinched from porches

Residents are looking out for each other in Essex as thefts of delivered packages have been noted on Front Porch Forum. Watch Local 22 TV to see how neighbors watch out for each other to increase public safety!


Dog hit on I-89

Reasons why our Front Porch Forum members LOVErmont!

“Thank you to all the strangers who took time out of your day to try to help our dog to safety on 89 South. To the person that hit him. I’m so sorry this happened and thank you for circling all the way back to check on him. To the person who stopped and stayed with him and then transported him to Waterbury Veterinary Hospital, a million times thank you. Thank you to the State Police officer who gave him an official escort. To the woman at WVH who held our hands and said all the right things…thank you. To WVH for making our beloved pet presentable for us to say our final goodbyes…thank you. We will miss you so much Clifford. RIP and play with your sister Bella. This is why we moved to Vermont. Because people here are good and care.
• Weeze in Waterbury

Have someone to thank in your town? Share it on FPF.