Author Archives: Lynn

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

Keep FPF Working During Challenging Times

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

Today we are launching Front Porch Forum’s annual Spring Supporting Member Campaign. If you are able, please support FPF by donating now: https://frontporchforum.com/supporting-members

With the pandemic and other challenges, more people are using FPF than ever before to stay informed, reach out to neighbors, and get involved.  Our workload has expanded considerably since before the pandemic, and our costs and staff have grown accordingly.

We know that many of our members are not in a position financially to make a contribution at this time.  If that’s your case, please do not donate, but DO keep using your local FPF.  Your engagement makes a big difference — in fact, it is more important than ever for all of us to build community among neighbors.

If you value FPF, please support our work by participating and by donating today by credit card, PayPal or check.

Thank you.

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, we also gratefully accept payment by check at:

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

To the rescue with seconds to spare

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

Front Porch Forum helps neighbors find the help they need, sometimes with only seconds to spare!

“FPF is amazing. Friday morning my computer power cord stopped working and one of the last things I managed to do online before my computer battery ran completely down was post to FPF looking for one. Within hours I had several responses, and by the end of the day I had a new-to-me power cord. Thank you so much!”
• Dvora in Worcester

“I sent out a post today asking for helping moving a couch up to my apartment. I received an overwhelming number of responses with offers. While I can’t respond to each of you, I want to say thank you! It’s comforting to know I moved to such a great community.”  • Molly in Montpelier

“I can’t believe how many kind people responded to my question about the dryer not spinning. Thank you all very much! I am grateful for this helpful community. :-)”  • Katie in Burlington

“We’re starting some babysitting for a grandchild, and are looking for all sorts of handy items….Through the wonders of FPF and the kindness of neighbors and strangers, we have already found a high chair, carseat and a fantastic orange stroller. Thank you FPF and neighbors!” • Loring & Michael in Calais