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Ghost of Midnight

… about neighbors, community and Front Porch Forum

Police reach out to communicate with neighbors


Local police in many neighborhood utilize FPF as a way to keep abreast of community concerns.

“The Vermont State Police – Williston Barracks has joined Front Porch Forum. We look forward to communicating with our neighbors. Our goal is to inform everyone with what VSP is doing in and around our communities. We would appreciate your thoughts and suggestions on any community concerns as well.”
 • Paul at VSP Williston Barracks


Connecting lost items with owners

Neighbors helping neighbors….it happens everyday on Front Porch Forum.

“I found a very nice cordless drill in the road this morning. Please let me know if you are missing one.”  • Judd in Bridport

“Found: Gold Chain and Cross – Yours? Describe it and it will happily go back home to you.”   • Katherine in Charlotte

“I found a 5 gallon gasoline canister in the road this evening. Email if this is yours.”  • Ann in Waterbury

“Found Flash Drive on N. Street – Yours? It is little and blue. I found it and would love to get it back to you.” • Noah in Burlington

Find something you think someone would like to have returned? Post it on FPF!


Organic connections make difference to FPF member


“I want to thank you so much for the work that FPF does. It connects communities in such an organic way. As a new homeowner I would be up a creek without it. Professionally I can cite it as a reason for my growth.”

R.J. in Middlebury

New homeowner? Consider posting in your neighborhood FPF for answers you need.


Small business given tremendous boost

“My successful, mostly Montpelier-based, business has been given a tremendous boost by Front Porch Forum…just a few ads, and many recommendations and referrals later, I can say that it works well for many things, in many ways. Please support FPF if you can…just use this link: https://frontporchforum.com/supporting-members
Todd in Montpelier

Have a small business? Use the FPF Business Directory and start posting to your neighbors!


Building bridges with potlucks and in-person conversation

It’s heartening to see local folks in Westford using their FPF to promote their new “Neighbor to Neighbor” program; organizing local in-person conversation of challenging topics…

“Bring a dish to share at potluck talks designed to build bridges between neighbors while talking about issues of importance to us as Vermonters. The first talk will focus on migrant workers on Vermont farms. This issue has been in the news recently and, as a farming community, is important to our town.”
Fred in Westford

Would something like this work in your town?  Give it a shot! Post on Front Porch Forum.


Scary moments turn into happy reunions

Scary moments are sometimes the moment when pet owners, discover the ultimate value of their neighborhood FPF.

“Both Zeke and Trip have been found and are safe. Thank you to everyone who has worried, searched, and sent good thoughts into the universe. This is a wonderfully happy ending. And a HUGE shout out to Front Porch Forum. The speed with which you post appeals for help in locating missing pets is astonishing…and heart-warming. Thank you!”
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Lynn in Stowe

“Last night I was warmed by the first two of eleven postings. The first: a plea to area residents for help finding a newly rescued Alaskan Malamute mix that had broken away from his master. And the second post? “Found – Young, Friendly, Collar-Less Malmut or Husky”. What magic! I went to bed envisioning a very happy reunion.”
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Linda in South Burlington

Your neighbors can be one of your best support system in times of need. Turn to your FPF and post for help.


Sharing insights with neighbors on pruning fruit trees

“It is my privilege to advise fruit tree owners in the time honored ability to further their orchards’ health and fertility. Thanks to FPF for bringing my neighbors insights to my attention and giving me a chance to advertise my own expertise. Please contribute to this our medium by giving to https://frontporchforum.com/supporting-members.”  

• Padma in Middlesex

Thanks Padma! Glad to see you making the most of Front Porch Forum.


FPF Reaches Million-Posting Milestone

2017 marked the moment when Front Porch Forum saw its one-millionth posting! Celebrating 10 years helping neighbors connect and build community, FPF has experienced tremendous growth and accomplishments to serve every community in Vermont.

Take note of these FPF Milestones:

    • More than 1 million postings made by our members
    • 3.5 million e-newsletters sent every month
    • More than 130,000 members…in a state with only 260,000 households

Co-Founder, Michael Wood-Lewis notes “we couldn’t be happier about the impact FPF has had across Vermont. Once people have an easy and safe way to communicate with neighbors, they do! And that simple act adds up. The cumulative impact is huge… after months of FPF, people often report feeling more connected to neighbors, more tuned in to local goings on, and more a part of their community. And in many cases, people then become more active… organizing a group yard sale, mentoring a local kid, volunteering for a park clean-up, voting on election day, and, most recently, helping each other during Blizzard Stella. That’s what FPF is all about!”

 


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!