Posted on Tuesday, August 21, 2012 by Michael
#BTV #VT – Here’s a fine example of how Front Porch Forum can work in a community.
Posted by Michele on the Huntington FPF on Aug. 14:
… the local boy scout troop is heading for Green River Reservoir for a canoeing/camping weekend… We are in need of canoes. If anyone has one or more canoes the troop could borrow for the weekend, it would be greatly appreciated. In fine scouting tradition, we would be willing to offer exchange some time/effort if you have a reasonable project you would like to have help with that would be suitable for boys age 11-17 (e.g., stacking some wood, fall clean-up, etc.)…
A week later, she posted again…
Thanks to all of the people who responded about canoes. We are going to need 10-12 canoes and we have over 25 canoes offered by various people. I just LOVE Front Porch Forum – not to mention this community!
Not only was an immediate need met (a dozen canoes successfully borrowed), but many new connections were undoubtedly made among participating neighbors. And, all of this was done in front of the 850 members of the Huntington FPF (which covers a 760-household area)… that is, just about everyone in town witnessed these acts of neighborliness. This kind of thing is contagious… one good deed begets more of the same.
Canoe on Michele, scouts and Huntington neighbors!
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