Last week, a post in Richmond enabled a family to find a nearby rental property, after rain ruined their home’s septic system. A farm owner in Waterbury was able to raise enough donations that she got her farm back on track and created a loan fund to help other farmers in need.
A post in the Town of Huntington shared explicit and helpful details about road repair progress throughout the town, as well as the National Guard's call for a "water buffalo" to aid in the process. The latter turned out to be special equipment that provides a portable water source on a temporary basis. It was relied on heavily while repairs in Huntington were underway.
The power of this community-based social media platform to make a community more resilient was eloquently expressed by this post on July 7th: “I thank all of you that helped with this amazing flooding. I have never seen anything like this…I feel blessed to be a part of this community that responds to all that has happened as a family caring for each other.”
Recently, Front Porch Forum announced that it has expanded into more towns in Addison County, including Leicester, Salisbury, Cornwall, and Weybridge. I am pleased that this important community based forum is now in more than 90 Vermont towns and has the potential to be in all 251 Vermont communities by mid-2014.