All posts tagged: Community + Neighborhoods

TaskRabbit Community Meet-Up at HQ

Last week we invited Bay Area TaskRabbits to drop by our San Francisco office for a good, old-fashioned meet-up. Forty-five TaskRabbits attended along with twenty TaskRabbit staff members, and a great time was had by all. The evening started simply enough with everyone grabbing a name tag and a slice of pizza. TaskRabbits began meeting each other and mingling with the team, and before long the room was abuzz with excited conversation. TaskRabbits exchanged stories about tasks and how they got started — some folks had been TaskRabbits for more than two years, while others were brand new. TaskRabbit staff joined the discussions, and everyone appreciated being able to connect in-person over the experiences and community we all share. In another room, our talented designer Nazir set up lights and a backdrop for any TaskRabbit who wanted a professional headshot taken for their profile. When the pizza was gone, it was time to get down to business and talk TaskRabbit — the website, the experience, the community, and anything else people wanted to discuss. Our …

American Red Cross Hurricane Sandy Help

We’re Humbled by the New York Tasking Community

Like many of you, the folks here at TaskRabbit HQ have been paying careful attention to Sandy’s impact on the New York region. Our community continues to send in the kinds of stories that demonstrate just how powerful the bonds between neighbors can be. This morning, Leah received an email from a new TaskPoster with an incredible story to tell: “I was worried about my friend Emily*, an 83-year old stranded in a 12th floor apartment without elevator, food, water, power, or phone. I called two of her friends who are all, sorry to say, useless. Then someone clued me in to TaskRabbit.com, I registered, and within minutes I had a response from someone who was willing to visit Emily’s building, assess the situation, and bring her what she needs. “The kicker is that this TaskRabbit did not want to be paid. Why not? She lives on the 12th floor of her building, is in a motorized wheelchair herself (of course she’s also stranded without power). Her husband is ventilator-dependent and getting recharged by friends …

Collaboratively Speaking: Zimride’s Co-Founders Talk Community

In the latest installment of Collaboratively Speaking, Zimride co-founders John Zimmer and Logan Green chat with TaskRabbit founder Leah Busque about the role of community in peer-to-peer marketplaces. There’s a lot of great stuff in the interview, here are some highlights: Zimmer and Green share the story of their partnership and the origins of the Zimride mission — it’s a tale complete with long-distance romance, scary Greyhound busses, and a crash course on the history of transportation. Currently, the most popular destinations from the San Francisco Bay Area are Lake Tahoe and Los Angeles. Trips trend higher on the weekend, and the cost is substantially cheaper for the passenger ($35 per trip) than any other mode of transport — plus the driver makes good money (an average of $200 per trip). The Zimride guys have even seen people post open seats on airplanes. It may sound lavish, but the concept is the same: occupy as many seats as possible. Although there’s been a little pushback with the Facebook Connect feature, Zimmer and Green notice that …

Introducing TaskRabbit Ambassador Erika Murdock Balbuena

Bringing back that old time neighborhood spirit is easy when there are good neighbors involved. We’re lucky to have a whole army of them in the form of friendly, talented, and entrepreneurial TaskRabbits. Every day, TaskRabbits in cities around the country put smiles on faces, scratch errands off To-Do lists, and save the day for busy people right in their own communities. Supporting TaskRabbits in every way possible is a top priority for us, which is why we’re thrilled to welcome Erika Murdock Balbuena to the team as our new TaskRabbit Ambassador. Say hi, Erika:

Bringing Back the Neighborhood

  I grew up in a very tight-knit neighborhood- the kind of neighborhood where you could go next store for just about anything – a cup of milk, a little sugar. I remember my parents sitting on the front porch as me and my siblings played outside with the other kids on our block. There was Walter, the teenage kid down the street, who would help wash our cars and mow our lawn and Meg, the “neighborhood babysitter,” who my mom would call to watch us kids for an hour while she ran to the supermarket. Whatever we needed, the folks next door were there to lend a hand. Those were the days!     But unfortunately, times have changed. I now live in a neighborhood where I only know a handful of folks. How did we get so distant from those who live closest to us? Maybe we got a little skeptical and weary of others in our community as a result of the highly publicized violence in our communities, or maybe the stresses …

Helping People with Their Holiday Tasks: Doing Social Good

TaskRabbit Runners have been helping people all over town with their Holiday Tasks. They’ve been decking the halls and spreading Holiday Cheer and we wanted to share one of those stories with you. A recent Task that one of our Rabbits completed was for Anu M. who is mother to a sixteen month old boy as well as a working professional. Anu took part in the Compass Center “Adopt-a-Family” Holiday Support program that pairs individuals or groups with a needy family who cannot afford to buy holiday gifts. She had shopped for all the things on the family’s list except for one of the children’s main gifts. When she found herself short on time, and coming down with a cold, she knew she needed help to meet her deadline. She remembered that she had a TaskRabbit credit she had purchased through a group buying site. So she logged on to taskrabbit.com, signed up for a free account and posted her task. Within minutes she recieved a bid from Alanna G. Alanna G., one of TaskRabbit’s …

The Weekly Runner Report – All the Tasks Fit to Print

Hello Runners! Welcome to our new RUNNER REPORT featuring shout-outs to Superstar Runners, tips & tricks to help YOU make more $$$ plus answers to top questions I’ve received for the week. Welcome New Runners! Getting Started: To get started as a new Runner, simply sign in to your TaskRabbit account and download the RUNNER MANUAL available on the homepage. After reading through our handy-dandy manual, you can email me with any further questions or issues. RUNNER RALLY: Our next Runner Rally will be held on May 31st at Cambridge Brewing Company in Cambridge, MA from 5-7pm. Join us for food, fun and Runner updates! SUPERSTAR OF THE WEEK! This Superstar Runner has been awarded 25 bonus points for awesomeness in the field of TaskRabbit Duty! Superstar – Amanda W. was hired to play with kittens for 30 minutes. She got to play with these adorable kittens AND got a 5 star rating PLUS a glowing review! Great job, Amanda, mixing work and play! For one night only, TaskRabbit became TaskKitten! *Taskin…ur duin it rite! …

buzzword: community

So, about this whole ‘community’ thing. I took advantage of a slow day at the office to sneak out to a mid-day yoga class, and as we were lying in savasana, my mind drifted to thoughts of community. A room of about 20 people were lying flat on their backs devoid of any stress in their bodies, empty of tension, as they rebuilt and prepared for the day ahead following sixty minutes of moving and breathing together. Some moments were serene, others impossible, but together, we completed the task at hand. I thought about what I take from that community, and how vested I am in it. I enjoy the occasional-to-frequent practice to stay in shape and distract myself from everyday stresses. The studio offers intensive sessions, and regulars are chatty with the instructors, but I prefer to linger more on the outskirts of this community, popping in as I can, and enjoying the somewhat annonymity I can achieve by blending into a crowd of sweaty bodies as I make each class my own challenge. …

From a Runner: “Reestablishment of community on a human level”

On a daily basis we are bombarded with rave reviews and feedback from people using RunMyErrand.  Over the weekend, one of our new runners and talented ballerina, Magdelena G, shared her experience with us. “I just wanted to let you know that I ran my first errand last night.  It was a great experience, and I just wanted to let you know that I think this site is fabulously well organized in terms of it’s functionality.  I’m glad to be a part of this, and I think that even more than people just being able to cross things off of their to-do lists, it will allow for some reestablishment of community on a human level.  It is basically using virtual social networking to create interactions between people that are avoided more and more everyday thanks to the internet boom.   I look forward to doing more work, and helping the site succeed.” Thanks, Magdelena, you hit the nail on the head!  Instead of using technology to further separate true human interaction between people, we are …