Posted on Monday, November 16, 2009 by Michael
Jeremy Bull in Burlington just posted this to his FPF neighborhood forum…
Just wanted to let everyone know that a neighbor from right across the street responded immediately to my plea for a used bike yesterday. She had exactly what we were looking for right in her garage! So we were able to replace the stolen bike, making mine available again for me to start a new job tomorrow. Another fantastic success story thanks to Front Porch Forum!
On a related note: if you love FPF as much as I do, but haven’t gotten around to donating yet, please consider doing so. It’s quick and easy, and feels great to support such a worthy cause.
UPDATE: Something about stolen bikes, Front Porch Forum, and happy endings! Here’s another. This one from Cindy in Burlington…
Greetings, From an earlier posting you might have read that my son’s bike was stolen last Wednesday in front of Edmunds Middle School. We were all upset by the theft, most of all my son, but then something wonderful happened. A neighbor offered us an old bike this weekend. It was a little rusty and in need of repair but an afternoon of father and son elbow grease and the bike works great. So I just wanted to share this “act of kindness.” We love our neighborhood, especially all the wonderful people in it.
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I am curious at the intended reader of these stories? If they are truly valuable then they should be shared through the FPF standard channel – email – unless of course, that is not sufficient?
Again, a stolen bike in Williston is equally likely to be in one of 2 adjoining neighborhoods. What is recommendation to get this message to other neighborhoods? Happy ending yes, but how many did not have a happy ending, which could have if things were expanded?
Hi Mitch… I’ve lost count, but I think this is perhaps your 12th online comment about FPF… and my 12th response. Please see some of my past remarks for my reply. I’m sorry FPF isn’t fulfilling your expectations and we appreciate all the time you must be taking to provide feedback. Cheers.
Gee Michael – this must be the 12th or 13th response you have given without actually answering the question – I am leading by example. I am saying, what many are thinking.
I have spoken to many folks – face to face who are NOT happy with FPF – yes, not through email, not through blogs – the common theme is that you need to get out into the community yourself and hear what people are really saying.
People from Richmond who you would not allow to post on two forums – for a community event – Folks from Winooski with the same frustration. You have a tremendous list of supporters – yet are still asking for money – hmmm