We’ve made a small change to create a big difference

May 28, 2020

As we move into a new stage of the COVID-19 pandemic, we’ve made some practical updates to our CareMonger app. We’ve made asking for assistance and lending a hand easier with new categories. From reaching out for a friendly chat to running errands or borrowing something off your neighbour, these categories provide you with an example to help you find what you need. Oh and we’ve added some emojis too 👋 🕺🐶

We hope these changes will help you navigate this new stage we’re entering. The best way for everyone to get through this tough time is together.

What we can learn from small acts of kindness

May 28, 2020

Recent events have seen us in a time of fear and uncertainty – it’s in these moments that we’re challenged to be our very best and to see the best in others. We want to introduce you to Michael from Strathmore, Melbourne. Like a lot of people, he’s looking for ways to help those who need it. As COVID-19 began to put stress on communities (but before social-distancing laws were in place) he decided to pop over to see John, his elderly neighbour. The two of them got talking and Michael asked if there was anything he could do for him and his wife. John replied he’d be grateful for some groceries and toilet paper. After delivering these, Michael realised John was having some trouble with his phone so he resolved those issues too.

“This encounter (and the sense of relief portrayed) prompted me to go next door and offer to help another neighbour who lives alone,” says Michael. That neighbour had a script which needed to be picked up from the pharmacy. Michael organised for the local pharmacy to home deliver the script to his neighbour that afternoon.

Inspired by a movement in Canada and stories similar to Micheal’s, CareMonger helps you connect with your community and assist neighbours any way you can. Our founder wanted CareMonger to bring all that goodwill together and give communities a platform to safely share and receive simple acts of kindness. Micheal noted, “An app that facilitates these kinds of interactions during such challenging times, has to be a good thing.”

These small acts of kindness remind us what community really is: a place where you can ask for a hand or lend one to someone else. A place that makes you feel safe in unfamiliar and uncertain times. As the world slowly returns to normality, let’s do what we can to ensure it returns kinder and more compassionate than before. Let’s remember how important it is to simply be there for each other. Reach out to your neighbours and ask if you can help, you never know who might need it but is too afraid to ask.

Why community is more important than ever

May 28, 2020

At its core, community is a group of interconnected people. Being part of a community can make us feel a sense of belonging, unity and purpose. It can give us opportunities to connect with people and can make us feel safe and secure.

In times of uncertainty, community has become more important than ever.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, we experienced a rapid change in our usual support networks. While before we were able to build networks regardless of geography, life under lockdown showed that these networks alone cannot always provide the immediate support we need. Instead, we’ve turned to our neighbours, local businesses and neighbourhood communities.

CareMonger was created to offer that safe place where people can connect with others nearby for a smile, a favour or a friend. A location-based messaging app, CareMonger offers a way to come together (even when we’re apart) by making it simple for people to ask for a hand, offer help and connect with locals in their community.

From borrowing tools to pharmacy runs and everything in between, CareMongers are reaching out and assisting their community for all sorts of different reasons. By sharing resources and offering a helping hand, we’ve found much-needed solidarity, support and friendship right within our own neighbourhoods.

As lockdown laws ease, this new community spirit and sense of connection will remain as important as ever. Let’s continue to strengthen community ties and support one another post-COVID and beyond by reaching out to those in need and asking for assistance when you need it. Because together, we can all make a difference.