HyreCar Inc., the carsharing marketplace for ridesharing and food/package delivery services, announces the launch of HyreForGood, a new initiative to empower gig workers to get back on the road and back to work. According to a November 2020 UCLA study of gig workers at companies like Uber and Instacart, about half of the 302 respondents stated they had to stop working because of the COVID-19 pandemic, and 70% stated the pandemic led to reduced hours.
Initially launching in Los Angeles, aspiring drivers can sign up to drive a HyreCar-provided vehicle for rideshare, food, or grocery delivery for one month, with two recipients selected to use the vehicles for work each month. HyreCar will look to expand the program beyond the initial test city in the coming months. Interested parties can apply by filling out the form on HyreCar's website. Selected participants will receive an all-expense-paid rental for up to 30 days including the rental amount, insurance fees, and transaction fees.
"The pandemic was a challenging time for everyone, especially gig workers who found themselves struggling to keep up with changing times. The team at HyreCar believes that access to a vehicle should never make or break a person's livelihood and we're looking to bridge that gap in any way we can," says Joe Furnari, CEO of HyreCar. "HyreCar wants to help drivers get back on the road and back to work, which is why we are giving gig workers a unique chance to drive a vehicle at no cost for 30 days."
Following the one-month, no-cost rental, drivers participating in HyreForGood will be eligible to receive rebates on future rentals to help keep costs low for drivers getting back on their feet.