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Thanks for Helping our Spring Flowers Bloom!

Posted on Monday, May 9, 2022 by No comments yet

Thanks to thousands of Front Porch Forum members… We made it!  So many folks generously chipped in to reach FPF’s spring Supporting Member Campaign goal.  These dollars will 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 Vermont Public Benefit Corporation and not a nonprofit. Contributions are not tax deductible.

Help FPF Raise $175,000 by May 4, 2022

Posted on Sunday, May 1, 2022 by No comments yet

Is FPF useful to you?  To your community?  More and more Vermonters sign up, read and post every day.  If you’re among them, please help us continue to provide our essential civic service to every town in the state.

We need to raise $175,000 statewide from our members by this Wednesday, May 4, 2022, to meet our spring budget goal.  Please donate today.

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

Please give today and help the spring flowers bloom!  https://frontporchforum.com/supporting-members

Thank you,
Front Porch Forum’s 24 employees

FPF is a Vermont Public Benefit Corporation and not a nonprofit. 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 Your Local Forum Going Strong – Donate Today!

Posted on Tuesday, April 26, 2022 by No comments yet

Front Porch Forum’s annual spring Supporting Member Campaign starts today! If you are able, please support FPF by donating now by credit card, PayPal or check: https://frontporchforum.com/supporting-members

FPF helps neighbors stay informed and connected locally. In the face of our world’s growing challenges, building community among neighbors is critical. FPF is serving more people than ever before… for every 1,000 households in Vermont, 750 people actively participate on their local Forum.

If you value FPF, please support our work by participating and — if you are able — by donating today.

Thank you.

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

More than Just a Garden Cart

Posted on Monday, April 18, 2022 by No comments yet

What a lovely reflection of FPF’s use in this recent posting:

Need fulfilled, money saved, carbon footprint reduced, and neighbor connection created.

Many thanks for all the suggestions and offerings regarding my query about getting myself another Garden Way Cart. Mine lasted 43 years, and doesn’t owe me a thing, but is now saying “goodbye” by falling apart. Thanks to Donna, I now have an even larger cart that will allow me to get garden jobs done just that much faster. When hubby and I went to pick up the cart, we had a nice time chatting as a thunderstorm rolled in! It’s nice to get to know our neighbors and also nice to not have to shell out full price for something new when something used is right near by! Thank you!! • Devin in Grand Isle

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