Front Porch Forum’s goal is to foster connection among neighbors. Catharine, a Brandon FPF member, shares just how possible that is!
I was looking for about 10 hangers and received more than double that number of responses! I was able to get them from a kind friend and neighbor who saw my request. I’m so sorry I couldn’t keep up with responding to people, so here is a BIG THANK YOU TO EVERYONE!
I am so grateful that I found this forum when I moved here. I’ve had the opportunity to travel into neighborhoods and streets that are off my beaten path… a nice excuse to explore my little town. But most importantly: I’ve made a few friends through FPF and for that alone I am forever grateful.
A Johnson FPF member, Sheila, was able to locate a neighbor who was flooded out of their home to let them know their pet cat was alive and safe. Read on…
Trying to Locate an Individual Displaced by the Flood • “I am desperately trying to locate/contact a young man named Ken [last name withheld for privacy]. He was relocated following the flooding of his mobile home in Johnson in July. If you have any information regarding his whereabouts, please contact me by email or call me.”
My Search Was Successful! • “After several hours on the phone, posting on social media, and personally visiting past employment sites; one post on FPF was all it took! So, a huge “Thank you!” to FPF and those members who so kindly shared information that allowed me to connect with Ken. With your help, I was able to let him know that his pet is still alive and awaiting his return. Hopefully, he will soon be back in a home of his own, where Angel can join him. ❤️ “
Discussions among neighbors are a life line to building social capital in communities. Members are turning to their neighbors on Front Porch Forum to solve everyday problems. Here are some real conversations happening right now on FPF:
Where to do Trick-or-Treating?
What to do about Jumping Worms?
Lost Items Found
Anyone driving to…?
Recommendations for Bats in the Wall?
Responses come back straight to the Forum or emailed directly to members. What could you use some help with today? Post to your FPF to see if neighbors can help with a solution!
Front Porch Forum members are doing more than just looking for apples… they’re finding, picking, offering, cooking, and eating them! See just how much is happening with apples on all the Forums across Vermont:
Seeking Apples …
Come and get ’em Apples…
Need Help with Apples…
Events about Apples…
Have you had enough yet? Post your apple needs and happenings on FPF!
Neighbors love helping each other! See for yourself in the recent stories below that started as postings to local Front Porch Forums. What’s going on in your community that you can post on your Forum?
• Goldfish Crackers for Classrooms from Meredith in Burlington – “Recently I posted asking for Goldfish crackers for our classrooms. Today, 12 cartons of bulk Goldfish crackers arrived on my front porch. Unfortunately, there was no paperwork so I don’t know whom to thank. Whoever was so gracious, please know that the sight of all those boxes of Goldfish made many students and teachers smile and say thank you as I dropped them off in each classroom. Our students really appreciate your generous donation!”
• Thank You for the Coop Cleaning Offers from Felicia in Rural Essex – “Thank you to everyone who reached out offering to clean my chicken coop while I am postpartum! I received so many kind messages from people offering to do it for FREE, and it’s not even the Christmas season! Thank you especially to Sonya and her son for going above and beyond and making my hens very happy. Not many teens I know would spend their Sunday cleaning a neighbor’s gross coop with such a good-natured attitude, let alone refuse the $50 that’s offered. This was a reminder for me that there are still MANY good people in the world, especially here in our little corner of it.”
• A Baking Club to Help Others from Ali in Underhill – “Hi everyone! Recently, my 7-year-old met an older and more isolated community member and that interaction stuck with her. She (we) would like to offer a monthly act of service to a few neighbors who need some sweetness in their lives: The Happy Harts Baking Club!
Each month, together, we’ll pick a sweet treat to bake, pack and deliver along with a piece of art created by her (or other school-aged friends who may volunteer to help!). This is ideal for senior citizens, folks who are isolated, or individuals dealing with an illness or special circumstance. If you or someone you know would benefit from a little extra goodness in your month, please email me and we’ll coordinate with you. Please note this is a free service, and, at this time, we can’t manage any allergies or food sensitivities.
For now, we’re going to commit to doing this once a month for the next three months for up to 5 households. If there’s greater interest, we’ll have a small waiting list and rotate through. We’ll hope to continue it into 2024 assuming there’s continued interest (on both sides)!”
Members love reporting wildlife sightings on Front Porch Forum. Recently, hummingbirds took over the Mad River Valley Forum after one member shared a project tracking the August-September migration through Vermont. Dozens of responses came in (and counting!) over the last four days. Here are just a few…
Further, these hummingbird sightings have spawned an interest in Monarch butterflies too…
Thousands of Vermonters get assistance and advice from neighbors through Front Porch Forum every week all across Vermont. Calais Forum member, Ginny, found exactly what she was looking for:
“Hello FPF world, I am planning my first ever backpack hiking trip for 3 days and 2 nights later this month. Does anyone have a very lightweight, one person backpacking tent I could borrow? Or, if need be, purchase? Did I mention lightweight?”
2 days later…
“Once again, what an amazing tool Front Porch Forum is, giving all of us a way to receive and give to our neighbors! Multiple people stepped forward with backpack tent options for me, and I am so grateful! Yay!!”
It’s easy to get the impression on Front Porch Forum that many Vermonters are hobby gardeners. Members offer produce generously across FPF – it feels like an online farmer’s market this month!
And this member put it well in a poem…
Lock the doors
and turn out
Pull the shades,
close the blinds
and draw the curtains.
Hide the kids
in the tub,
do not breathe
and be very,
Up the steps
comes a neighbor
with a brown
Zucchini… By Charlie in Marshfield
If you have garden beds overflowing, consider sharing the love on your FPF!
On another note… This year has been especially challenging for farmers due to the torrential rains and floods of July, plus a severe frost back in May. Many of Vermont’s farms and orchards are suffering crop loss. In the spirit of eating locally, growing food and offering it to your neighbors, please go out and support your local farmers any way you can!
Check out this romantic way to use Front Porch Forum. It’s too delightful not to share. Read this episode from RumbleStrip, a Vermont-made podcast that is top-ranked by The New Yorker and The New York Times, here.
Or listen to the episode on Spotify, here.
“A couple weeks ago on Hardwick’s Front Porch Forum, someone called Tiana asked if there was anyone who could help her with her hair and makeup for an important date with her boyfriend“… read more.
The 2023 floods brought much devastation to Vermont. The recovery will be long and difficult, but not without signs of hope. Here are some snapshots of inspiring stories we’ve seen of neighbors coming together…
Check out FPF’s new emergency feature: the Regional Disaster Response Board. It’s designed to facilitate mutual aid across communities and share vital updates. Just post to your local Forum, and any disaster-response-related postings will show up on your region’s board.
If you’re looking for ways to support neighbors, check out the Regional Disaster Response Board today. You’ll see requests for assistance (along with many updates) from all the Forums across your county.