Thanks to the e-Vermont initiative, 28 more towns now benefit from FrontPorchForum.com, the online service that helps neighbors connect, build community and support local businesses. FPF members tell the story best:
“Thanks FPF for helping to find my missing bicycle lock, meet my neighbors, barter my roof rack carrier for some freshly smoked salmon, find a lost glove, learn more about local politics, and provide a soapbox for whenever I feel the need. I think it’s one of the best things to happen in our town in a long time.”
– John McMurry.
This award-winning Vermont start-up business now serves 60 towns in the state and 27,000 households participate. More than 750 members are engaged in daily community conversation in Bristol, for example (out of 1,500 households in town). In Middlesex, more than 500 neighbors (out of 700 households in town) share almost 200 postings per month. In Middletown Springs, 130 residents signed up for FPF in the first few months (out of about 300 households in town).
And now FPF is expanding to even more Vermont towns. Recently, the local selectboard brought FPF to Johnson and 200 residents have signed up already… and they’ve shared 100 postings in the past month. Next up is St. Albans City, thanks to expansion partner Franklin County Caring Communities.