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Front Porch Forum (FPF) is in the business of helping neighbors connect and build community. Since 2006, we’ve been hosting regional networks of online Neighborhood Forums where clearly identified nearby neighbors share postings about all sorts of topics. Read more about FPF here.
FPF puts neighborhood news and discussion into people’s normal online routines, so that, over time, people feel more connected to their neighbors. When they do bump into each other in person, the ice is already broken and there’s plenty to chat about.
Members post on just about any topic that neighbors discuss. Common issues include lost pets, mechanic recommendations, block parties, break-ins, helping neighbors in need, group buying, politics, buy/sell/give away items, wildlife sightings, and much more.
If we don’t currently serve your area, please enter your address here, fill out the form, and we’ll take this into consideration as we plan our next expansion.
Yes, FPF’s core service is free to its members.
FPF Neighborhood Forums are limited to folks who live in each area, plus public officials. Members can also choose to share their postings with neighbors in adjacent Forums.
Go to our home page and enter your street address. Follow the prompts from there.
Once you’re signed up, you can post from our website. Log in, or see your FPF e-newsletter for details.
Once you’re signed up, you can add your event to local FPF Community Calendars and e-newsletters.
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Yes, FPF professional online community managers moderate all FPF Neighborhood Forums. But it’s really the neighbors who set the tone and keep the conversation flowing.
FPF is typically civil and constructive... and fun! Each posting is automatically signed with the author’s name and street name, and each Neighborhood Forum only includes nearby neighbors. Most people behave themselves in this setting. For the occasional time when a discussion starts to derail, FPF moderators step in and help keep it rolling in a neighborly direction.
Yes! Look for a check box on the COMPOSE POSTING form that will allow you to share your posting with neighboring FPFs. When you make that selection, FPF members in nearby areas will be able to read your posting via our website. Also, look at your own Forum for links to shared postings from surrounding FPFs.
No, FPF does not sell member information to other entities and we take seriously our responsibility to protect our members’ information. See our Privacy Policies for details.
Kinda crazy, eh? But here’s what we find... many people are so busy that they don’t have time to meet or talk with their neighbors. On the other hand, FPF members, when surveyed, reported knowing and trusting more of their neighbors than national averages, resulting in closer-knit communities.
We think so! And many of our members sure do!...
“What did we ever do before FPF? I can't remember! What a great way to communicate with our neighbors. From lawn sales to lost pets to meetings, or just your opinion – it's all there." –Denise in Calais
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