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We need … neighbors.

FPF friend and journalist Bill McKibben recently wrote a compelling article on why we need neighbors.  Here’s a nugget:

“Neighbors were optional for much of the last 50 years. We became hyper-individualists—surveys show that three-quarters of Americans have no relationship with their next-door neighbors, which is a novel situation for humans. But in the next 50 years, we’re going to need our neighbors again. The fat years are past and the lean years are upon us—even as we try to rebuild our planet against the predations of the rich and powerful, we’re going to require stronger communities for sheer survival. Ask the people trying to recover from Hurricane Harvey, from Maria, from the firestorm that raked California.”  –  Feb. 2018 Sojourners magazine

This speaks to our work.  Hosting Front Porch Forum across Vermont over the past decade, we’ve seen the value of neighbors during and after natural disasters and other crises.

Build your local networks of neighbors now, and then you’ll have that investment in social capital to fall back on in times of need in the future.

Furniture found for family in need

Neighbors reach out through FPF to help a family:

“When we posted a request for help for a family of four, many people came through right away. Today we were able to deliver a mattress, a dresser, and a chair to them. They are very grateful. And, we are thankful for this generous community. Front Porch Forum is great.”
• Margaret and George in Middlebury


Know someone who could use a helpful hand? Turn to your neighbors on FPF!

Curling to support the Howard Center

Front Porch Forum is participating in Howard Center’s 2018 Curling Challenge to help raise money for the many Howard Center programs and services that support people in our community. Some of these include:

• 24/7/365 Crisis services
• Residential programs
• Specialized schools
• Street outreach
• Substance use treatment & recovery
• Suicide prevention
• Therapeutic camps


By contributing to our fundraising efforts on behalf of Howard Center, you will be making a real and lasting difference within our community. Follow This Link to donate now and help in our efforts to support Howard Center!

Uplifting moments after fires destroy homes

Recent fires, while tragic, also remind us how generous our communities can be helping those in need. FPF members respond:

“The fire at my home took almost everything from me. Despite my losses, I will be able to remember it as one of the most uplifting moments as well due to the outpouring of generosity, kindness, and love from the Montpelier Community. Never have I felt more cared for, or supported.” • Lauren in Montpelier

“Big Thanks to all the folks who worked their frozen fingers to the bone making it possible to save our store, library and community. If you see or know a Fire department Volunteer, please share your gratitude for keeping our town/village intact. This includes our Village and town employees as well. Thanks to all of you who reached out, stepped up, and pitched in; it’s what makes our town resilient and a place we want to live.” • Kim in Johnson

Front Porch Forum members respond to a call for help for a family who’s house was completely destroyed:
“I would like to thank everyone for the tremendous generosity and support. Knowing the love and support the community has shown is greatly helping them through this tragic time. Let us use this as a reminder to always reach out and help our neighbors.” 
• Heidi in Monkton

Finding the right person for a household need

Need help finding the right person for a household fix or project? Many turn to Front Porch Forum for the answer.

“I was in a little jam last night and needed the help of a plumber. After researching FPF I called a local plumber and told him my issue. Over the phone he told me how to fix my immediate problem and I did it in less then 10 minutes. Because of the way I was treated, he is coming by tomorrow to look at a larger project and to fix another small leak. Good things come to folks who didn’t know me from Adam but jumped in to help.”
• Robert in Montpelier

In response to someone looking for firewood:
“Jim’s Firewood – he advertises in the business section of FPF.” • Bruce in Hinesburg

“Many thanks to Front Porch Forum for helping to bridge the gap in the digital age for promoting small, local businesses!” • Richard in Richmond

Check out the FPF local Business Directory for a host of options for your next project.

Local businesses are part of our community – let’s support them!

“I find FPF to be an extremely effective way to communicate to other members of my community. The few paid ads that are listed have been relevant and at times I have made use of them. We should be supporting local business.” • Cynthia in Burlington

“I found an ad for Florauna Lodge Mobile Grooming here on FPF, and wanted anyone who might have had any interest in the service to know how pleased I am with Kelley and her work.” •  Pete in So. Burlington

Yes, we agree! Please support the businesses which sponsor your Front Porch Forum.

Hibernating bear wakes up

“A Front Porch Forum post (from Kim in Shelburne) warning neighbors about the possible wandering bear yielded almost twenty email responses. Though she was the only one to actually see evidence of the animal, she said people were very interested in her experience.

Early spring flooding and warmer weather can bring the bears out, but colder weather will drive them back to sleep until an extended period of warmth — spring — occurs.

If you see a bear, or signs of a bear, there’s no need to panic or call Fish and Wildlife. Mary (with the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department) said, “It’s cool to see them. Be careful that animals don’t get in the way of the bear, and enjoy seeing wildlife.”  • As reported in the Shelburne News

Will the recent warmer temps awaken more bears? Keep your neighbors updated on FPF!

Wallets found… over and over again

It’s great to hear the Front Porch Forum community is filled with honest, caring folk!

“Happy to say the wallet I found has been returned to a very thankful 7 yr old young lady. The power of FPF shines again!”  • Rob in Shelburne

“Thank you, to the kind soul who found the missing handbag and turned it in. My visitor is greatly relieved to be reunited with her phone wallet and everything else in the bag. Acts of honesty and integrity like this are what make this such a great community.” • Wendelyn in Stowe

“I had posted yesterday that my mother in law lost her wallet. Thank you FPF for reuniting my MIL with her wallet! An honest and kind neighbor reached out within minutes of last night’s post.” • Gillian in So. Burlington

“I want to give a big thank you to the nice man that found my brother in-law’s wallet. I believe his first name is Jeff. Williston is a better place to live because of people like you.” • Donna in Williston

Have you lost or found a wallet, phone or other important item someone might be missing? Post on your neighborhood Front Porch Forum!

Providing support in slippery weather

Changing weather can result in difficult walking and driving conditions. Witnessing Front Porch Forum members helping their neighbors is very gratifying.

“Thank you to the neighbors who brought my trash and recycling bins up from the road to my garage!! There has been so much ice at the end of the driveway for the past couple of days, that I was afraid of falling.”  • Susan in Montpelier

“Thank you to the kind person who sanded our driveway. It was a sheet of ice and we came home that afternoon to a well sanded driveway. Whoever you are, we are so appreciative of your kindness.” • Susan in Johnson

“Much gratitude to whoever laid sand down on my sheet of ice driveway the other morning!” • Lisa-Anne in Craftsbury

Have someone you wish to thank for their kindness? Let them know on FPF!