At the start of May the total unemployment insurance claims in the US hit 33 million. 33 million in just the previous 7 weeks. The unemployment rate quadrupled from 3.5% to 14.7% in April alone.
We felt powerless. You probably did too. We were desperate to do more than watch, as thousands lost their lives, and millions lost their livelihoods. But we had no idea what “more” was. And our industry was (and is) going through major turmoil too.
Half of the trucks are half-full, the other half are lying empty. Truckers up and down the country are struggling to put food on the table. Workers across relo are wondering what’s next for them and their families.
Yet we knew that the industry still wanted to give.
The world is built on the backs of truckers, movers and relo and they’re not going to turn their back on you when you need help the most. But someone needed to connect those truckers, movers, and the rest of the relocation industry to those who really need help right now!
Many are in the process of moving back home. Many will be planning their move over the coming weeks or months. Losing a job is one of the most difficult life events anyone can go through, especially if it leads to an enforced move.
But throw financial pressure and a global pandemic onto the usual upheaval, and you create an extraordinarily stressful situation.However, this is a reality many folks will be facing now. Many are moving to be closer to their families or to make a new, fresh start in a more affordable city.
That is why we have this week launched a movement in partnership with organizations around the world: Compassion moves.
A movement to help those who have lost their jobs recently, those who have been displaced, get their belongings home at a significantly reduced rate.
We have been blown away by the response from across the industry when we have asked them to join the movement. We’ve been met with yes after yes, resounding positivity. People want to help, and now they have a chance to help with:
✅ Household goods moving
✅ Temporary housing
✅ Moving services
✅ Car moving service
✅ Furniture moving services
✅ Lifestyle services
We’re proud to announce that we’ve already had many companies join us as partners, such as:
We will work together to help those who need to relocate, do so at a significantly discounted rate. All of the partners joining us have committed to carrying out work at cost or significantly reduced rates to help out. Many of these companies need to work right now, and many people need to move urgently.
Our job is to make connections. To make connections, so those in need can be moved with compassion, empathy, and patience. To make the connections, so individually small contributions can collectively become a united, compassionate action that makes a huge impact, helping those who are in a vulnerable moment.
To start with, we are collectively offering services from temporary housing to moving and other move needs at a significantly discounted rate. From 2 months of free storage and $275 off temporary housing, to 20% off the total cost of moving with Compassion Moves.
Of course, we hope to expand our offering with each new partner we sign up for the movement.
Now you might be wondering if you can contribute by offering the services you provide.
And the answer is, almost certainly, yes. Compassion Moves is about offering a compassionate, understanding move. High on empathy from end to end, from door to door. But we want to do more than just help our friends move, we want to help them settle into their new city, into their new community. So we’re looking to partner with a whole range of post-move lifestyle services as well as more traditional moving services.
We’re looking for partners from every corner of the relocation industry to join Compassion Moves. We want every single aspect, every minute of our friends’ moves to be handled compassionately.
And, as it unfortunately looks like the coronavirus effects on the economy are going to be with us for the rest of the year and very likely well into next year, we are launching Compassion Moves with the short, medium and long-term very much in our thinking.
So we’re signing up partners to be in it for the long-term across all mobility sectors.
If you don’t see your industry up there, but think or want to know if you could contribute, get in touch with us and we’ll find a way to include you in the movement. Everyone and anyone who wants to contribute to Compassion Moves will be able to. To help those who need it by doing the thing they’re best at.
Many people think of moving as one of the most stressful times of their life.
We think of it as one of the most compassionate.
Now, more than ever, it has to be one of the most compassionate.