Helping less fortunate (e.g. rideshare drivers)

Expedia Kwifnz
Jun 10, 2018 7 Comments

I have been riding in Lyft/Uber more lately and enjoying my conversations around how the companies treat their "contractors." One young black man stood out as he was willing to discuss his arrangement of "renting" a car for $200+ per week all so he could make $100-$200/day at best working full time to support himself and his family. He got a tech related certification some years ago, but it hasn't helped him get a better job yet.

I want to be able to help folks like this and not let them waste their potential talents. I'm all for "pulling oneself up by the bootstraps" - what I think isn't right is how far some people are forced to pull themselves up.

How can we help those who have a long way to go with many societally placed obstacles in their way?

EDIT: tipping is assumed and isn't always as helpful as they may not have the financial insight/discipline to do much with relatively small amounts of more money. They need more (useful!) education and networking.


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  • Amazon Jexx
    I have offered to have lunch/coffee with a lot of similar people to talk about career stuff if they wanted to. Several have taken me up on it over the years. One ended up becoming a good friend and we actually ended up loaning her money to finish some schooling. It’s now all paid back and she’s in a tech career, making literally 10 times what anyone in her extended family has ever made. That was sort of the epitome of a one on one style helping. We’ve also give occasional financial support to people for whom a few hundred dollars is a literal life changing amount of money that keeps them off the streets, or similar situations.
    In general, I don’t actually like one on one style approaches as a way to solve larger societal problems. We try and support nonprofits that we like, vote for things that improve the social safety net and education, and put pressure on politicians to get policies in place that we like.
    Jun 10, 2018 0
  • Tip Leetcode coins?
    Jun 10, 2018 0
  • Amazon fUWV61
    Tip them.
    Jun 10, 2018 0
  • Robert Half mgsquared
    As a tech recruiter (former career coach) I often give my business card and offer help with resumes and strategies. No one has taken me up on it though which is sad. There is for sure a better way. Look forward to the responses.
    Jun 10, 2018 1
    • Uber LeftKnox

      I have friends who run a mixture retail/ customer-service companies, and have connections who work recruiting in all the major tech companies in the bay area.

      Not trying to brag with the above, but I have handed out 4-5 cards to various people who tell me they're recently unemployed, but have never gotten an email/call back.
      Jun 10, 2018
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    Blue Cross Blue Shield
    most assistance with cash isnt really useful unless it's a large enough amount that allows excess to be spent on finding a new job.
    Jun 10, 2018 0
  • Microsoft AIAI
    Tip them but also teach their kids
    Jun 10, 2018 0