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Neighborly connections through FPF

Those new to a community often turn to Front Porch Forum to find connections.  What they find are wonderful neighbors!

I just moved to the neighborhood a few weeks ago! I am wondering if anyone is crafty or interested in crafts. I am hoping to have craft nights with others and maybe share techniques, catalogues, favorite tool, etc. Please be in touch if you would like to get together and talk crafts.”  • Kelley in Essex Junction

Hi FPF community, You all are the reason we chose to settle here and raise our family! The support you have shown after the loss of one third of my laying hens to a couple of domestic dogs, has truly been humbling. I thank you all for your kind words, your offers of help, suggestions & empathy. What a tremendous community, with wonderful neighbors, we all live in!!” • Deborah & Tim in East Hardwick


The unfiltered story of FPF on “Start Here”

Front Porch Forum co-founder, Michael Wood-Lewis, was recently interviewed on the Vermont Centers for Emerging Technologies (VCET), “Start Here” podcast, which shares the stories of active, aspiring and accidental entrepreneurs.

“Featuring Vermont’s most influential business leaders, Start Here bridges the gap between entertainment and inspiration by presenting the unfiltered stories of today’s top innovators. Everybody starts somewhere – why not Start Here?”

Click below and have a listen!

 


Small businesses do well using FPF

Locally owned businesses get support from their neighbors on Front Porch Forum:

“Thank you everyone on FPF who has recommended and or used SR Kiely Design-Build Inc. This has resulted in a fantastic year for our company.”  • Stephen in Bristol

“At last Saturday’s Farmers Market a nurse walked by our spot and said you sure use Front Porch Forum a lot aren’t you doing very well. We are doing well because we use FPF.”  • Charlie at Floating Bridge Family Farm

“We are getting a wonderful response to our pop ups. We’ve had vendors signing up through the ads from FPF. And then they spread the word to others, which is great for everyone.”  • Vicki at the River Garden, Brattleboro


The cold is here…. let’s Button Up Vermont!

Temperatures are falling, snow is on the ground and the forecast calls for slick roads.  That means it’s weatherization season, too. Button up your home this year and stop heating the outdoors.

Have you heard about the incentives? Vermonters can get 50% off weatherization projects (up to $4,000) and cover the rest with free 0% interest financing on a Home Energy Loan from Efficiency Vermont.

Attend a local Button Up VT workshop and learn how to lower your heating bill, save energy, and make your home more comfortable at ButtonUpVermont.org.

Front Porch Forum is proud to be Button Up Vermont’s Community Partner, helping our neighbors be ready for winter.


Our Leaf Bag is Full!

With help from thousands of Vermont and upstate NY neighbors… we made it! Thank you to the many Front Porch Forum members for chipping in to reach our October Supporting Member Campaign goal of $200,000.

If you meant to make your contribution and haven’t yet had a chance, there’s still time. Donate today!

“FPF has become the fabric of our communities, keeping each one abreast of the local to dos and stuff for sale and meetings to attend, and events coming up and information and gratitude for the great place we live here in Vermont.”   • Dave in Jericho

“I certainly agree with comments made about the important services provided by FPF. Vermont should never be without this kind of forum, providing an easy way for our communities to stay connected.”   • Roberta in West Bolton

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


Who needs Uber when you’ve got great neighbors?

Neighbors ask and receive help for rides regularly on Front Porch Forum.

“I am in awe of this community I live in! I received 7 offers, and 2 more responses, to my last FPF posting requesting a ride to an upcoming medical appointment.  It’s easy to ask for referrals for roofers, gardeners, etc., but- at least for me- not that easy to ask for more personal help. This was an exercise in acceptance for me, and an uplifting belief in the goodness that exists in the world, and especially in our little corner of the world. Thank you all. I am deeply touched.”  • Jane in Burlington

“I am still in the midst of seeking transportation to a series of appointments. I’ve been able to find the help I need, so far. It was heartwarming to read Jane’s posting. If I need these rides again I will post on FPF. Kindness is everything. Thank-you everyone for your help.”  • Judy in Burlington

“Due to the generosity of so many in this amazing community, I was emailed no less than 7 times by locals offering to run me up to the airport tomorrow. This is actually no surprise at all; this community ROCKS !! I’m all set – and I thank all of you so much for the offers of assistance…Cheers!”  • George in Stowe


A mistakenly taken lawn mower

Frequently neighbors post on Front Porch Forum offering free items. What happens when the wrong item is taken?

“I am hoping this is a misunderstanding, but I posted a listing on FPF advertising free lawn mowers to give away. Several folks contacted me and one gentleman came and picked up 2 while I was here (those mowers are NOT in question). However, 2 mowers were taken that WERE NOT available to take because they are our running mowers. I am asking that if you took them thinking they were free, contact me and return them, no questions asked.”

Shortly after this post, a neighbor responds!

“The mowers were returned and my faith in my neighbors has been confirmed!! Thank you to the person that returned them and, again, I am sorry for the confusion!!!  Thank God for good people and Front Porch Forum!!!   • Bill in Hyde Park


Did your Little Bo Peep lose a sweet stuffed sheep?

In response to this query on FPF:

“We know we live in a very special community. Reading the notice about finding a child’s stuffed toy affirmed this belief. I remember driving hours to retrieve a forgotten animal at Grandma’s house. How could our son possibly sleep without it? Thank you, Penelope. You have made a real effort to reunite these two friends and warmed my heart.”  • Joan in Craftsbury  

“Wow, there is nothing like living in a community of wonderful, caring folks. We are thankful for the return of our husky Braveheart and for everyone who kept a lookout and reached out to us. Much gratitude and love : )” • Marilyn in Fayston

Drone found! Thanks Front Porch Forum and to Stacy, who found it. We are most grateful.”  • Torrey in Bristol

You never know what your neighbors might find on FPF!


20-somethings making use of FPF

A younger generation has figured out how to use Front Porch Forum to their benefit:

“Wondering if there is a local book club I could join or if anyone wants to start a new book club for 20-somethings!” • Amanda in Hinesburg

And a new friend was found after this posting:  “Here’s a shout out to any other college students who are spending the summer on the island. Is anyone out there?”   • Darcy in No. Hero

Looking to make new connections with like-aged people? Post on FPF!


Sasquatch Stolen

Every now and then we see crime report postings on FPF. This one caught our eye!

“Sometime between Friday night, 6:36pm and Saturday 6:00pm, our 8 foot tall 3/4” plywood silhouette of Sasquatch was stolen from our yard.  Contact us if you have seen him or her.”  • Paul in So. Wheelock

This is also not the first time Front Porch Forum members have posted about Sasquatch:

“I heard from a woman whose son and several classmates saw a Sasquatch behind the Elementary School last winter and a man who has heard house-rattling screams late at night. “  • Christopher in East Calais