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. ❤️ “
Thanks to thousands of Front Porch Forum members… We made it! So many folks generously chipped in to reach FPF’s fall Supporting Member Campaign goal. These dollars will help fund FPF operations in the year 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.
Is FPF useful to you? To your community? According to a recent survey, more than 90% of Front Porch Forum members say YES! That’s why so many people 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.
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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!
More than 230,000 Vermonters participate on their local Front Porch Forum as of October 1, 2023! And this is in a state with only 270,000 households. More people use FPF in Vermont than Facebook or any other Big Tech form of social media. See what members recently had to say about FPF…
• “I received so many tips for a walker after surgery. Thank you! I love FPF!“ – Bernadette in Randolph
• “Thanks to wonderful neighbors and FPF my stolen items were recovered from some bushes elsewhere in the neighborhood. I’m so very grateful!” – Cheyanne in Burlington
• “I just wanted to let all those who responded to offer homes to our overgrown [houseplant] beauties that they found a new plant parent! It would take too long to email all of you, but thanks for your interest and I’ll post again if we have more available in the future. Another example of how FPF is so great!“ – Anne in Westford
FPF’s mission is to help neighbors connect and build community. To join your local Forum, go to FrontPorchForum.com and register.
In addition to your local online Forum, check out your local Business Directory, Community Calendar, and Search.
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!!”