With winter storm Bruce hitting New England, Front Porch Forum members prepare to help
“I came across one of our elderly neighbors out shoveling by hand and having a hard go of it. I stopped to meet her and finish it up for her, and she was lamenting that none of her neighbors who she’s known for many many years offered to help, even the ones with snowblowers. I asked if she was on FPF and she reported she didn’t have a computer or internet. We had a nice talk while we worked together, about her church and spiritual understanding, and community and our collective cultural woes as we all retreat more and more behind our screens.
It was a sweet connection, and I felt well paid by the companionship and exercise. So now I’m back home behind my screen again, reaching out to my neighbors and inviting you all to come out after storms, and see what we can do together to help out our neighbors!“ • Ark in So. Burlington
Vermonters see swift results from their postings on Front Porch Forum.
“Got to love FPF and the speed with which it gets the word out. Someone contacted me about the slabs about ten minutes after the last posting. Thanks to those who responded. Next time.” • Peter in Northfield
“Would like to THANK Front Porch Forum for including my posting of table saw for sale, which was sold on the same day it was posted.” • Joseph in Montpelier
“My tree found a new home in less than an hour. Once again, FPF is amazing!” • Karen in Montpelier
“Thanks to FPF the ladder was sold and taken away less than an hour after the ad arrived in our email boxes!” • Peter in East Montpelier
With election day around the corner, we’ve been witness to many great examples of FPF members offering to help get their neighbors to vote.
“I would love to help a couple of people who either don’t have a car or cannot drive, get to and from the polling booth next Tuesday. This would include pick-up at the person’s home, bringing them to the polling station, waiting for them to vote, and then driving them back home.” • Sonia in Williston
“If you or someone you know needs a ride to the polls November 6th – or needs a ride to Town Hall to get a ballot for early voting – please let me know. I am arranging to assist folks getting a ride.” • Jean in Reading
“When you read the postings in this forum about a hotly contested election for our local State Representative, all of them, no matter who the advocate is supporting, have been reasonable and respectful and I think it reflects well on the quality of the people who live here and the health of our community.” • Howard in Wells
All of us at Front Porch Forum encourage you to vote this election!
“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!
From community projects to block parties, many are using surveys on Front Porch Forum:
“Just a quick reminder to take the White Church survey – what do you want the church to become? Let’s hear peoples ideas!” • Eric in Westford
“In an effort to strengthen the safety and health of our neighborhood, we have created a survey to get a sense of what people would like to see updated or improved, and what people might be able to do to help make these things happen.” • Kate and Matt in South Burlington
“We recently did a survey and FPF came in as one of the most reliable sources of info for seniors.” • Patricia in Winooski
Want to get your neighbors input through FPF? Here’s how:
- Create a survey. Research which platform will work best for your needs.
- Create a post with a link to the survey on FPF. Explain the intent of the survey.
- Post a reminder post prior to your deadline for input.
- Have others in the neighborhood also post reminders.
- Check the share box to include neighboring towns if appropriate.
Invite your public officials not already involved on FPF to join the conversation!