Author Archives: Lynn

Healthy Digital Discourse

Posted on Monday, November 22, 2021 by No comments yet

The Aspen Institute just issued its Commission for Information Disorder final report.  We’re humbled to see Front Porch Forum recognized among a short list of approaches that are making real progress instead of feeding the spread of disinformation.  The commission includes celebrities like Craig Newmark, Katie Couric and Prince Harry, along with an array of national experts. 

FPF was held as an example of how to

Develop and scale communication tools, networks, and platforms that are designed to bridge divides, build empathy, and strengthen trust among communities.

Learn more here.

An Evening of Courageous Conversations

Posted on Tuesday, November 16, 2021 by No comments yet

On November 18, FPF participated in a virtual event celebrating Vermonters taking One Small Step. VPR and StoryCorps have spent the last several months connecting residents with different views who might never talk otherwise for a simple, personal conversation. Hear voices from the project followed by an interactive conversation with participants and experts, including Front Porch Forum’s co-founder Michael Wood-Lewis. Learn about the project’s intentions and how to incorporate “courageous conversations” into our daily lives. Listen to the show here.

Front Porch Forum and Braver Angels joined the panel to share how we help facilitate these conversations, build community and provide the tools to do have these conversations.

Help FPF Raise $200,000 by Oct 28, 2021

Posted on Sunday, October 24, 2021 by No comments yet

Have you found Front Porch Forum useful during the pandemic?  More and more Vermonters have as they continue to sign up, read and post every day.  If you’re among them, please help us continue to work on our community-building mission and provide our essential civic service to every town in the state.

We need to raise $200,000 statewide from our members by this Thursday, October 28, to meet our fall budget goal.  Please donate today.

If you are in the position to donate to FPF now, please do.  We’re eager to keep FPF going strong.  We need your help to get there.

Please give today and help us fill the leaf bag: https://frontporchforum.com/supporting-members

Thank you,
Front Porch Forum’s 24 employees

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

While we prefer online donations by credit card or PayPal, we also accept payment by check, with gratitude, at:
Front Porch Forum
PO Box 73
Westford, VT 05494-0073

Local Business Success on FPF!

Posted on Friday, September 24, 2021 by No comments yet

Timely Tire started at an untimely moment for a new business — right before the pandemic. Between a brilliant business concept and an effective channel to get the word out to neighbors, the business not only survived, but thrived over the past year and a half.

With the help of FPF ads and neighbor recommendations, Timely Tire grew from a startup to serving nearly 600 cars in nine weeks. This growth was featured in Seven Days and the Burlington Free Press.

Set up a business profile today, you’ll also automatically get your business listed in the new FPF Directory.

Introducing the FPF Directory

Posted on Friday, September 17, 2021 by No comments yet

Finding great local businesses just got easier with the FPF Directory.

The Directory is a collection of more than 10,000 Vermont businesses and nonprofits that participate in Front Porch Forum. Browse the 245+ categories to find local businesses and organizations that meet your needs:

Find featured listings at the top of the Directory page:

Scroll down to check out new listings in your area:

A slider at the top of the page allows you to search for the local businesses closest to your community, or to search across the entire state:

You can also “favorite” businesses to add them to your personal “My Favorites” list:

Have a look at the FPF Directory today, and start building a list of your favorite local businesses!

Strange but true FPF tales

Posted on Monday, September 13, 2021 by No comments yet

We’re often pleasantly surprised by the stories, fun and witty moments found on Front Porch Forum. Here’s one to bring a smile to your Monday:

“Did you drop a cheese ball on Berlin St. Friday afternoon? I saw it rolling down the sidewalk too late to get your attention. We have it safe in the fridge, hopefully it wasn’t for tonight’s dinner!” • Ken in Montpelier

“If it weren’t for Front Porch Forum would we even know about the runaway mozzarella ball rolling down Berlin Street, rescued by kind strangers? Good to know these oddball random acts of kindness.” • Kristin in Montpelier

FPF Seeking Ace Advertising Sales Rep

Posted on Thursday, July 29, 2021 by No comments yet

Terrific earning opportunity for a skilled Sales Pro!

FPF is a Vermont-based Benefit Corporation and we’re seeking an additional Sales Rep Professional to join our growing team. Help FPF fulfill its community-building mission while supporting local businesses to meet their goals. 

Healthy portfolio of existing customers and inbound leads. Remote work and Burlington office options.

Learn more and apply: https://frontporchforum.com/about-us/careers-at-fpf

UPDATE: Position filled.

Recommendations and help from neighbors

Posted on Tuesday, July 20, 2021 by No comments yet

Front Porch Forum members share their knowledge and recommendations with neighbors.

“A couple of months ago there was a posting recommending Brian S. to wash windows. It was so complimentary I immediately contacted Brian, who did my windows today. As promised he did a beautiful, thorough job. Which gets me thinking about FPF and the great service it provides to our community. Thank you FPF for giving us the ability to converse as a community and to support each other. • Ellen in Ferrisburgh

“Hi Conrad: Thank you for posting the results of your request for dairy farm recommendations! This is very helpful. What a great community we have of FPF members willing to share their knowledge & experiences.” • Madeline in St. Johnsbury

“What an amazing and generous community this is! I’d like to thank all the women who responded to my urgent, pre-surgical need for a house cleaner, everyone who offered help and recommendations. It astonishes me that I found the Perfect Person on the very same day I sent out my posting! As usual with Front Porch Forum, I seem to have found not only a helper but a new and delightful friend. And how many other friends are out there, just waiting to be met! A dip into FPF always reminds me of this. So gratitude to all.” • Tami in Montpelier

“Dear FPF friends, I had asked for an electrician who would call me back. I was overwhelmed by the volume of responses, both privately and on the Forum–far too many of you wonderful folks responded for me to thank you individually. But, I am beyond grateful for your kindness. Thank you, FPF!!!” • Elizabeth in Middlebury

“Thanks to all who sent recommendations for a good HVAC company, it was most appreciated. I love FPF and this is why I contribute yearly.” • Jackie in Williston

Did you find something helpful from a neighbor on Front Porch Forum? Remember to share your findings on FPF!

Our Flowers have Blossomed!

Posted on Monday, May 3, 2021 by No comments yet

 

With help from thousands of Front Porch Forum members… we made it!  Thanks to everyone who chipped in to reach FPF’s Spring Supporting Member Campaign goal.  These dollars will help fund FPF operations in the months ahead.

If you meant to donate to FPF and haven’t yet had a chance, there’s still time. Please give today!

FPF is a Public Benefit Corporation and not a charity. Contributions are not tax deductible.

FPF Must Raise $150,000 by Wednesday

Posted on Sunday, April 25, 2021 by No comments yet

Vermonters have put Front Porch Forum to work the past year like we’ve never seen before.  New members have joined in record numbers.  Posting quantity is way up.  Public officials and nonprofit leaders have shared critical information frequently.  Local businesses have leveraged their local Forums to find customers.  And neighbor-helping-neighbor stories are piling up faster than ever.

To continue working on our community-building mission and providing our essential civic service to every town we serve, we need to raise $150,000 statewide from our members by this Wednesday, April 28.  Please donate today.

If you are in the position to contribute to FPF now, please do.  We’re eager to keep FPF going strong and vital.  We need your help to get there.

Please give today:  https://frontporchforum.com/supporting-members

Thank you,

Front Porch Forum’s growing staff

Aaron, Ariel, Emily, Emily, Gisele, Hilary, Jason, Jodi, Jonna, Linda, Lynn, Matt, Michael, Natanya, Nina, Noah, Renee, Sarah, Suzie, Valerie, Wendy, and Zach

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

While we prefer online donations by credit card or PayPal, we also accept payment by check, with gratitude, at:

Front Porch Forum
PO Box 73
Westford, VT 05494-0073