Need a recommendation? Having a yard sale? Looking for your lost pet? Front Porch Forum is used by Vermonters for many different reasons. But one thing that’s true for its members is that FPF connects us to one another.
If you appreciate the way Front Porch Forum helps us stay connected as a community, please consider donating to FPF’s Supporting Member Campaign this month! Track our progress with this fun leaf bag… help us fill it up by the end of the month!
“I am continually amazed by the kindness of strangers and the strength of our community. Last winter, I wrote a posting on Front Porch Forum to request help digging out after a large snow storm. I’m disabled and can’t do it. Less than an hour after the FPF issue was sent out, I received TEN offers from folks wanting to help! I am so grateful and happy to live in an amazing community like this. Without FPF, I might still be snowed in. ;-)”
• Cara in Winooski
Your support allows FPF to reach even more people and continue to bring our free service to every town in Vermont. Together we’re connecting neighbors and building community.
The Vermont Foodbank reminds us to visit one of Vermont’s orchards this season and Pick for Your Neighbor! Front Porch Forum is pleased to sponsor this yearly initiative to help our neighbors. So let’s work together to help increase the amount of fresh produce available for Vermonter’s facing hunger and support our local orchards. To see a list of participating orchards visit https://www.vtfoodbank.org/event/pickforyourneighbor
From small businesses to larger non-profits and ad agencies, many agree that Front Porch Forum gets results.
“Our response has been HUGE! Thank you so much for helping us meet our recruitment goals!” • Dana at UVM College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
“The response rate of people who have said they saw the ad on FPF has been notable! So all good news!” • Nilda with Kerr Advertising
“Where do you advertise for your Burlington business? Front Porch Forum is a free, easy way to advertise.” • Alignable member, Kate, shared her thoughts under “Coffee Shop Buzz”
A local police department warns neighbors and provides tips on Front Porch Forum.
“We have received several calls from elderly citizens recently regarding fraudulent “robo calls” (recorded automated phone calls) from someone claiming the recipients of the calls have not paid their taxes. They threaten police action if a payment is not made immediately.
Neither the Internal Revenue Service nor the Vermont Department of Taxes will make contact by phone and demand immediate payment for unpaid taxes. Local police, sheriff’s departments, and state police are not involved in enforcing payments of federal or state taxes.
Should you receive a call like this, do not confirm or give out personal information, simply hang up and make a report to the Vermont Attorney General’s Office at the Consumer Assistance Program site below:
You can sign up for scam alerts from the Vermont Attorney General’s Office at this site:
Information on this specific scam from the Internal Revenue Service:
Please contact your elderly friends and family members and inform them of this scam.”
• Michael with the Montpelier Police Department
Share this info on your own FPF!
A neighbor shares his love of a local trail on Front Porch Forum.
“I took my first ride under forest canopy, between wildflower meadows in full bloom with our native species, flushed out flocks of Goldfinch, travelled past pond and wildlife on paths in excellent condition. See vineyard and mountain peaks colored by the sunset and get away from it all right here!” • Larry in Charlotte
Thanks for the reminder to get out and explore where we live!
Witnessing good deeds from neighbors happens often on Front Porch Forum:
“Thank you to the mysterious neighbor who patched my flat tire while I was out of town. I moved to Vermont in the last year and have met a lot of very nice people, but this goes above and beyond what I would expect out of my neighbors. I will honor your good deed by doing a good deed for someone else in need in the future.“ • Kevin in Winooski
“I drove into the gas station on fumes, parked in front of the pump, and noticed that I had left my purse at home. A gentlemen who happened to be in the store simply offered to pay for the gas, saying “It makes me happy if I can help.” Such generosity is rare and hope will be repaid to you in kindness many times over!” • Isa in Greensboro
“Thank you to the kind person who turned in my debit card, dropped on the trail, to our bank. I appreciate it very much and hope to come across you on the path to thank you in person very soon.” • Hillary in Shelburne
Is there someone in your town you want to thank? Post it on FPF!
“As you seek referrals for tradespeople and other services, don’t forget that Front Porch Forum maintains an easily searchable archive of all previous postings. I’ve used the archive several times and have found it to be very user-friendly.” • Paul in Hinesburg
“Getting recommendations for local services like house cleaning and firewood is one of the benefits of FPF. When making a recommendation I encourage everyone to use the “Reply to Forum” button. This helps out your favorite local businesses and it will also add your answer into the searchable FPF archive.” • Adam in Richmond
A beautiful example of using Front Porch Forum
“I harvested my large rhubarb plant. However my baking skills do not match my gardening skills, so I posted: “Free rhubarb. Will consider swap for a pie.” I swapped the rhubarb, got a luscious pie and a new friend who will get my crop annually. I look forward to years of pies.” • Renee in Warren
Have an abundance of vegetables in your garden? Share them with neighbors on FPF!