Editor: During this pandemic, I’m proud to have been a Dasher, helping connect Coloradoans with food from their favorite local restaurants through the DoorDash platform.
As COVID-19 has swept through our state, my work has become more important than ever, helping people stay at home wherever possible and making sure that local restaurants are still able to do what they do best–feed our communities. The DoorDash platform has also become a lifeline for many, myself included, ensuring I can keep working even when my full time job temporarily slowed because of the pandemic. But for me, delivery isn’t my full time job and I don’t want it to be.
Flexibility works in my life. Actually, flexibility is required. Because I work full time and juggle my family’s hectic schedule, I need something that I can fit into my day in a way that works for me. I like to be able to hop online and drive for a few hours when I have the spare time or need the extra income, but I also like that I can skip a week if I want to. For the sake of all of the people like me who’ve come to rely on app-based work and the flexibility it provides, we need to update our laws in a way that honors our desire to remain independent. We need to establish new rules that offer needed protections to drivers without depriving us of our options.
I am able to earn more than $20 for every hour I’m making deliveries, and I get to do that while making my own schedule. I already have a full time job, I don’t want to be full time at DoorDash too!
I’ve also seen the challenges the pandemic has caused for so many Coloradans. There has been a huge reliance on rideshare companies and delivery services to safely deliver items like medicine and groceries, in addition to food. Platforms like DoorDash and Dashers like me help those who need access to these critical supplies. More than ever during COVID, local restaurants have been using platforms like Uber, Grubhub, DoorDash, and Lyft to keep their businesses afloat.
I’m proud that I am an essential part of helping my fellow Coloradans and doing my part to make people’s lives easier especially during these difficult times and grateful that I get to earn money while helping people.
I urge Colorado lawmakers to think of drivers like me as they’re working on updating rules to ensure there’s a way to access benefits and allow gig economy workers to continue to choose when, where, and for what companies we want to work. I don’t want to be a DoorDash employee. I want to Dash when I need to make my life work. I hope Colorado lawmakers let me keep doing that.
— Kesha Rencher, via [email protected]