TASK OF THE WEEK: DELIVER THE NEW YORK TIMES TO MY HUSBAND FOR OUR WEDDING ANNIVERSARY (1ST YEAR: PAPER)

The practice of giving a specific gift for a specific wedding anniversary is centuries old. For the 1st anniversary, you give paper, for the 25th anniversary something silver, for the 50th anniversary – gold! In this spirit, Emily decided to surprise her husband on their first anniversary by having the Sunday New York Times delivered to their porch. Tasker Gloria fought her way through the bustling streets of Brooklyn to her “one house paper route” in time for the couple to spend hours reading the paper and reminiscing about their first year of marriage. Congratulations to you and your husband, Emily!

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TASK OF THE WEEK: DELIVER SURPRISE TO A SAD BASEBALL FAN

It’s October, which means crisp air and baseball playoff season! This week’s Task of the Week features a surprise delivery to cheer up a lamenting fan whose team didn’t make the playoffs.

Client Henry turned to TaskRabbit to spread some cheer to a friend who was bummed when her baseball team got knocked out of playoff contention. Tasker Carrie came to the rescue, delivering a 3-pack of canned whipped cream to Henry’s friend Dominique when she was at work. The hardest part of the task was getting Dominique to smile and pose for pictures with the surprise gift, photos that Henry plans to unveil at her future wedding ceremony. We’re sure there’s an inside joke here somewhere, and we always love seeing the creative ways people use TaskRabbit!

How can we help you during playoff season? Let us know.

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TASK OF THE WEEK: EXTRA HANDS FOR FASHION WEEK

The glitter and glamour of Fashion Week is wrapping up in NYC, but it’s been a hectic scramble of last-minute sewing and fittings and a whirlwind of events! One harried and slightly overwhelmed designer worked smarter by hiring a TaskRabbit to carefully move samples and fabric from a downtown loft up to sewing factories in the Garment Center for a frenzy of final production. Tasker Paloma T.’s profile caught the designer’s eye with a killer combination of organization skills and creativity, with plenty of great reviews. Paloma also helped the designer choose models and send invites out for her show. Whenever it’s crunch time in your line of work, TaskRabbit can offer an extra pair of hands to obliterate your to-do list. Pssst, London! Fashion Week moves across the pond next week, and we can help you with everything you need to have a stress-free experience.

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Task of the Week: Attend A Party For Me (And Skype Me In)

Photo Credits: maltman23

Photo Credit: maltman23

 

David found a creative answer to the age-old problem of wanting to be in two places at the same time. While he was hanging out in Seattle, some friends were having a party in San Francisco, and David wanted to attend. He hired a Tasker, Tony, to walk around the party with an iPad so David could Skype with his friends while he was in Seattle. Tony made a sign that had David’s face on it and David’s friends flocked to him to share a conversation with their missing pal via video chat. Meanwhile, David got to soak in the ambiance of the party and feel like he was a part of the crowd. Nice work!

Task of the Week: Bring Me Spare Car Key After I Jumped In A Lake

Bring Me Spare Car Key After I Jumped In A Lake

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It’s the lazy, hazy days of summer and we hope you’re squeezing in some quality vacation time before buckling down to work and school. The Task of the Week reminds us that sometimes our mind checks out on vacation, too. Know that TaskRabbit has your back if you ever need us.

Enjoying a week off with the family, Rob jumped into the lake with his car key, rendering the transponder useless. Stuck 150 miles from home and needing to get his kids back for swim practice the next day, Rob put out an SOS signal to TaskRabbit. Tasker Greg picked up the spare car key from Rob’s house and drove it out to the stranded family with gorgeous scenery keeping him company on the long drive.

Remember to empty your pockets before diving in, and be safe out there! Especially if someone tells you to go jump in a lake. Or take a long walk off a short pier. Or, yeah. Happy Tasking!

Task of the Week: Find The Guy I Met On A Plane Yesterday

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It’s a scene straight out of Hollywood – Cody met someone special (Amine) this Tuesday during his flight from Marrakech to Madrid, en route to his vacation in Barcelona. There was an instant connection, one Cody describes as “not a ‘nice to meet you’ connection, but rather a ‘we are going to change our flights, spend the weekend together and potentially the rest of our lives together’ connection. Life is crazy sometimes.” Too starry-eyed to exchange information on the plane, the two ultimately lost sight of each other in the chaos of  security and customs in Madrid.

But Cody knew where Amine was staying in Manhattan, so on Wednesday he hired TaskRabbit to stand outside the building in NYC with a sign saying “Amine from Morocco: I have a message for you from Cody.” The plan was to then have the Tasker give Cody’s contact information to Amine. Armed with a description of Amine, the building address, and a sign, the Tasker stood his ground, talked to the doormen of various shifts, and was going to try again later that evening when Cody messaged to say that Amine had just contacted him via other channels! Amine tracked Cody down on his own; not, as you might suspect, by using a TaskRabbit to scour the internet for Cody’s information, but remembering a picture of the place Cody stayed in Marrakech, Amine searched to find the hotel with the pool he saw on Cody’s phone. When he found the pool, he was able to track down Cody, who will be joining Amine next week in NYC. They plan on reaching out to their Tasker while there. We’re thrilled for them both and are excited to see the creative ways people use TaskRabbit help them live smarter.

TaskRabbit Partners with the White House on Disaster Response & Recovery Efforts

Today, TaskRabbit visited the White House to unveil a new partnership as part of The White House Innovation For Disaster Response and Recovery Initiative Demo Day. TaskRabbit is partnering with federal and local officials to offer the services of the TaskRabbit community during times of disaster or emergencies. Today’s event brought together technologists, entrepreneurs and members of the disaster response community to showcase tools that will make a substantial impact during large-scale emergencies. TaskRabbit is excited to play a role in this important initiative.

The new tool, The TaskRabbit Needs for First Responders Program, is a simple, mobile web product where authorized first responders can post a need for help during times of emergency and be connected to our community of 30,000 background-checked and fully vetted Taskers, who can then volunteer their services in real time.

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This tool is simply formalizing how neighbors are helping neighbors naturally in our community during times of emergency. During Hurricane Sandy in 2012, we saw our community in the Northeast come together to help one another; Our Taskers assisted with tree removal, taking pictures of damaged property, and transporting donations to those impacted.

Local officials interested in joining the pilot program can email DisasterRelief@TaskRabbit.com with a brief explanation of how they would like to see it implemented.