Category Archives: Front Porch Forum

Do You Value FPF? Please Donate Today

Posted on Monday, October 18, 2021 by No comments yet

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

With the pandemic and other challenges, more people are using FPF than ever before to stay informed and to reach out to neighbors.  Our workload continues to increase, 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 this year. Regardless, please DO keep using your local FPF.  Your engagement makes a big difference — it’s more important than ever to build community among neighbors.

If you value FPF, please support our work by participating and by donating today.

Thank you.

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.

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!

Cool Finds and Neighbor Connections on FPF

Posted on Wednesday, June 30, 2021 by No comments yet

FPF is the place where members can go to call dibs on cool freebies, offer up their surplus zucchini, or ask neighbors if they have an old elliptical lying around that they don’t use anymore. It’s a beautiful give and take, but most importantly it introduces folks to the people who share their community. See some recent exchanges from your neighbors on FPF:

“I just want to encourage folks out there to join the forum. It’s so informative that you want to always be checking on what’s coming next! There is a need for all to join to express your feelings, to want to buy / looking for something or wow didn’t know about that. It’s beneficial, exciting and you want to tell everyone about FRONTPORCHFORUM. When animals are lost I write their names down so I can be on the look out for them. Please if you don’t join you don’t know what you’re missing out on.” · Ellie in Ferrisburgh

“Hello neighbors, I am looking for an old Shepard’s hook (a stake with a hook on the end, and an old metal watering can. While I’m here, I want to give a huge Shout Out to FPF and this amazing community. A few weeks ago, I posted about a lost hoodie at The Grift. It was returned to me from word-of-mouth because someone saw my post. I’m So Grateful”  · Gretchen in Mad River Valley

“Guess how many responses I had to my posting looking for a dog crate? Six, plus great recommendations to purchase at the Humane Society and at Recycle North. Amazing. I will definitely post again before running off to buy anything new. Thanks.” · John in Burlington

Connect with your neighbors on Front Porch Forum and you may have some pleasant surprises in store!

FPF to Speak on Panel: Reimagine the Internet

Posted on Wednesday, May 12, 2021 by No comments yet

Detail of Civic Logic, by Fiammetta Ghedini, RIVA Illustrations

Front Porch Forum‘s co-founder, Michael Wood-Lewis, will speak on a panel for the virtual conference, Reimagine the Internet, on Thu., May 13 at 12:00 p.m. The event is co-hosted by the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University and the soon-to-be-launched Initiative on Digital Public Infrastructure at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

FPF will be joined by many notable panelists, including Cory Doctorow of Electronic Frontier Foundation, Evelyn Douek of Harvard Law School and Katherine Maher of Wikimedia Foundation.

Front Porch Forum will be part of Thursday’s discussion:

Lessons from Experiments in Local Community-Building

Thursday, May 13, 2021

12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

This panel will focus on lessons learned from local communities and the implications of these lessons for online spaces. Sara Lomax-Reese is the CEO of WURD, a family-owned talk radio station in Philadelphia that serves that city’s Black community. Michael Wood-Lewis is co-founder of Front Porch Forum, an online community of mailing lists that serves every town in Vermont. Individually and in dialog, both will address lessons learned in building hyperlocal media and the ways in which online communities build trusted relationships.

Panelists

Moderator

  • Ethan Zuckerman, Initiative on Digital Public Infrastructure at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst; Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University

Learn more about the virtual conference or RSVP here.

“Why Won’t You Be My Neighbor?”

Posted on Wednesday, May 5, 2021 by No comments yet

Front Porch Forum was recently featured in an episode of the podcast “Home. Made.” It tells the FPF origin story, and also gets into the behavioral science of what happens when we feel like we finally belong somewhere. Give it a listen! 

Learn more about the episode or read the transcription here.

 

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.