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Front Porch Forum

Front Porch Forum‘s mission is to help neighbors connect and build community. We do that by hosting regional networks of online neighborhood forums. Common sense and a growing body of research tell us that well-connected neighborhoods are friendlier places to live, with less crime, healthier residents, higher property values, and better service from local government and public utilities.

Michael and Valerie Wood-Lewis founded Front Porch Forum in 2006 to serve their hometown of Burlington, Vermont. More than half of Burlington households subscribe to FPF now. Members have shared tens of thousands of postings among nearby neighbors about all sorts of topics: lost cats, car break-ins, plumber recommendations, school budgets, block parties, helping neighbors in need, and much more.

The seed for FPF was planted in 2000 when Valerie and Michael wanted to meet and get to know their own neighbors. They started a precursor to FPF, then and it boomed in their own Five Sisters neighborhood.

What they found then is now playing out across dozens of Vermont towns… once people have an easy and safe way to communicate with neighbors, they will! And that simple act adds up. The cummulative impact can be huge… after months of FPF, people often report feeling more connected to neighbors, more tuned in to local goings on, and more a part of their community. And in many cases, people then become more active… organizing a group yard sale, mentoring a local kid, volunteering for a park clean-up, voting on election day, etc. That’s what FPF is all about.

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  1. Michael Wood-Lewis Says:

    Thanks for the mention, Sandy. An update… FPF now covers 40% of Vermont and we’re expanding. We see incredible traction (e.g., in Burlington, VT, 60% of households are members) and engagement (50% of members posted last year). -Michael

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