Wideload Escorts

Wideload Escorts

From Jamie Willis

I am raising funds to help start a pilot car business. For those who are unsure of what a pilot car is/does, those are the cars either in front, in back, or both front and back of a semi truck that's hauling an oversi...

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Update #10

about 1 month ago

Hi Internet 😊. I'm dropping in to post an update and extend the campaign, cause well as y'all can see I've fallen short πŸ™. Even though I'm still looking for work, still sending out resumes I've only managed to land one phone interview... It has been nearly two weeks since the call so I'm not holding my breath. I could kind of tell that my lack of recent work history was an issue. I hate to complain and sound like I'm begging but in reality that's where I am. I got a letter today from the hospital and they are going to try and garnish the last 5% allowed by law because I have fallen behind on payments to them. It's pretty bad when you are forced to choose between feeding your family and paying bills.
I wish/hope/pray that I could fund setting up Wide Load escorts myself but it's impossible, I need help! I'm relying on the kindness of strangers to make a job for me. A job with little overhead that could provide enough profit to get us through this season.
I have had a handful of amazing people Donate Items to me from my Amazon Wish list (link on front page and in past updates) that has helped tremendously! I recently updated the list to show what I have and what's still needed. If I could knock all those items off I'd only have Two large expenses left, the Main Roof Sign and the Insurance cost.

Thanks so much for the help πŸ’œπŸ’œ

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This is how I got to where I am now... 

My husband and I married young he started out working construction, after a few years building houses an opportunity to learn how to run heavy equipment crossed his path and he jumped on board.  We moved from North Carolina to Indiana and he joined the Local Union. We'd been married for almost 7 years before having our first born and I'd been working as a preschool teacher for several years before giving birth.  Once we had our oldest we realized that the amount of money I was making was basically going to pay for daycare, it didn't take long to decide it would be best if I stayed home with our son and we'd figure out how to make it work with only one income.  My husband (Jason) would work non stop all summer long and during the winter months he would be laid off.  I would pick up an odd job for a few months to make up for the loss in income and he would take over the parenting duties.  We weren't rich but we made it work, we had another child and continued on the same way. I worked in many fields everything from Medical billing to DSL tech support. I even held down a few telemarketing jobs (it's amazing the jobs you'll do when you know it's only for a few months...lol).  I got pregnant with baby number 3, the final baby.

    It was June 2007 and building season was picking up so I quit my job with Dish network so that Jason could work full steam and I would be staying home again.  Baby number three came 3 weeks early, my insurance had lapsed(literally the day before)  and Jason's insurance hadn't kicked in yet.  I had a baby and my tubes tied not realizing that I wasn't still covered, although a huge miscalculation on my part, I didn't worry  too much about it, I figured we'd pay it off little by little until finished. Barely a year later the "Housing market" crashed and building came to a screeching halt.  We couldn't afford our vehicle payments, we couldn't afford our rent and could barely feed all 5 of us.  We packed up what little we had left and moved in with my Dad, in Iowa.  Once we got settled Jason signed up at the Union in Des Moines and my Dad paid him to help out on the farm.  We were barely getting by, we couldn't afford to pay off the hospital bills or the two vehicles we had repossessed.

  After about a year and a half we found out that the coal mines in Indiana were looking for heavy equipment operators to run equipment for the above ground mines.  They paid good money and worked year round so Jason jumped on the opportunity and moved to Southern Indiana. He found us a little house to rent and a few months later my family helped us rent a U-Haul, packed us up and off to Indiana myself and the three kids went.  

  Things were going good however we were so far in debt by then we couldn't see a way out so we filed for bankruptcy.  We wiped away the debt and started over fresh.  I decided to go to college and was able to stay home full time. We had a few good years but we had no idea that the coal market was about to plummet. We had no idea that the Gvt had a plan to shut them all down, they nearly succeeded.  We are only one family out of thousands that were effected by this but we had used up the bankruptcy "safety net". 

  We lost everything all over again! Everything we had started to rebuild was gone. Jason was laid off and we could no longer afford the  truck and motorcycle payments, they got repo'ed. We couldn't afford to have Christmas, my sister and a friend made Christmas happen for our three kids that first year. The second year we found out my then 4 year niece has brain cancer. We dropped everything and drove back to Iowa, we took the Christmas money we had saved for that year (it wasn't much) and spent it on the trip/hotel/gifts/party for my nieces.  We wanted her to have a really amazing "party" before her first surgery (that would change her life forever).  

  Jason went back to work but his salary was reduced by 3/4, not only was he only making less than half of what he had been but they took away the gas card, the phone allowance, the bonuses and we now had to pay for our health insurance.  So yes he was working and still making more than I could make but our expenses outweighed our intake.  We tried to hang on, I went to work for a few months and then one of our vehicles broke and we live in a rural area, I had to quit again. With one car we decided to do the best we could with what we had.  

  Over the years I had some health issues arise and I ended up spending a week in the hospital, I take a medication daily that our insurance will no longer cover so I'm forced to pay out of pocket (we have appealed) and are trying to work out something else but in the meantime it's an extra (major) expense, we are also being garnished for 20% of Jason's wages for the truck we lost.  We tried to negotiate a lower percentage but the bank wouldn't go any lower.  This garnishment will last 2 years at the least. 

  I knew this was coming, I had gone to court and tried to fight it but I knew we were losing so I began looking for work.  I've been job hunting for every bit of a year.  For several months I would fill out applications and send out resumes but wouldn't hear anything. I couldn't land an interview so I revamped my resume and drafted an unconventional cover letter and started sending it out with every application/resume. I started to get a few interviews, I went on roughly 5 interviews. I am not picky when applying in fact some of my interviews were at Auto-Zone, Rural King and a law office. I have a diverse back ground but I haven't held a steady job for the past 16 years.  After my interviews I began to get emails and notifications telling me that I was NOT going to be offered the position. I've been heart broken over this several times, jobs I really wanted or jobs I thought I'd be perfect for, I couldn't land. I spent my 42 birthday crying over a rejection email. I decided to email a few of the managers that I had interviewed with and asked them for advice, ask them if there is anything I could do better. I was told that my work history is the set back, so I began to brain storm. 

  I began to think about what I enjoy doing, what I am good at, and what experience is in my back ground.  I began looking into businesses with low over head, something I felt like I could do well and enjoy AND that my body can handle.  

  I came across two choices being a Hot Shot or being a Pilot Car driver, I started looking into each business and decided that with my back ground in the trucking industry, I could be an amazing pilot car operator and there aren't any Pilot car companies in my immediate area. 

  My grandparents used to own a Trucking company and my grandma taught me how to do the books.  My dad has been an OTR Truck driver for as long as I can remember and he let us ride along(often). I love driving and do all the driving in our family.  I am not afraid to tackle the open road and have clocked many many miles.  

  I have researched/learned everything I possibly could about how to become a Pilot Car, I have researched every State and all of the federal requirements.  I have made a list of absolutely everything I will need to get this company up and running, the only thing I'm missing is the money and that's what has lead me to this Fund raising campaign. The garnishments kicked in before I had the chance to gather up the money/items I needed to get driving. 

  

 We are sinking quickly, we are struggling to buy food and pay the bills.  I could really use some help any amount of money will help even if it's only 5$.  I will be using this money to give myself a job. To put myself to work so that we can get back on our feet and hopefully build this into a business that will allow me to pay it forward. 

Hey! Thanks for taking the time to read my story, I realize that the pictures I have posted are silly and aren't necessarily "Pilot Car" related but even through all of this I try and keep my sense of humor and I continue to search for Silver linings.  (After 21 years of marriage I've found the value in keeping a sense of humor

http://PayPal.Me/JamieWillisUS

http://Venmo.com/Jamie-Willis-16

http://amazon.com/gp/registry/wishlist/2IPXMTY756D8G

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Jamie Willis posted a new update:
about 1 month ago

Update #10

Hi Internet 😊. I'm dropping in to post an update and extend the campaign, cause well as y'all can see I've fallen short πŸ™. Even though I'm still looking for work, still sending out resumes I've only managed to land one phone interview... It has been nearly two weeks since the call so I'm not holding my breath. I could kind of tell that my lack of recent work history was an issue. I hate to complain and sound like I'm begging but in reality that's where I am. I got a letter today from the hospital and they are going to try and garnish the last 5% allowed by law because I have fallen behind on payments to them. It's pretty bad when you are forced to choose between feeding your family and paying bills.
I wish/hope/pray that I could fund setting up Wide Load escorts myself but it's impossible, I need help! I'm relying on the kindness of strangers to make a job for me. A job with little overhead that could provide enough profit to get us through this season.
I have had a handful of amazing people Donate Items to me from my Amazon Wish list (link on front page and in past updates) that has helped tremendously! I recently updated the list to show what I have and what's still needed. If I could knock all those items off I'd only have Two large expenses left, the Main Roof Sign and the Insurance cost.

Thanks so much for the help πŸ’œπŸ’œ

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Jamie Willis posted a new update:
about 1 month ago

Update #9

Hi Internet 😊. I'm dropping in to post an update and extend the campaign, cause well as y'all can see I've fallen short πŸ™. Even though I'm still looking for work, still sending out resumes I've only managed to land one phone interview... It has been nearly two weeks since the call so I'm not holding my breath. I could kind of tell that my lack of recent work history was an issue. I hate to complain and sound like I'm begging but in reality that's where I am. I got a letter today from the hospital and they are going to try and garnish the last 5% allowed by law because I have fallen behind on payments to them. It's pretty bad when you are forced to choose between feeding your family and paying bills.
I wish/hope/pray that I could fund setting up Wide Load escorts myself but it's impossible, I need help! I'm relying on the kindness of strangers to make a job for me. A job with little overhead that could provide enough profit to get us through this season.
I have had a handful of amazing people Donate Items to me from my Amazon Wish list (link on front page and in past updates) that has helped tremendously! I recently updated the list to show what I have and what's still needed. If I could knock all those items off I'd only have Two large expenses left, the Main Roof Sign and the Insurance cost.

Thanks so much for the help πŸ’œπŸ’œ

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Jamie Willis posted a new update:
2 months ago

Update #8

The area we live in is pretty rural, the nearest big towns are a 20 minute drive but our nearest City is about 45 minutes away. When I first started sending out resumes I tried to stay with the nearest two cities but about 6 months ago I expanded the job search to include the bigger city. Being in Southern Indiana limits what career choices there are and even though I've expanded my search I'm still not getting any interviews (let alone a job). I have revised my resume once again and have been sending out the updated version. I'm really not looking for society to swoop in and pay my bills what I'm hoping for is the ability for me to help pay them, I just need some help to put that into play. I have not been able to find work so I'm hoping to build myself a job. Any amount you can spare will add up πŸ’œ

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Jamie Willis posted a new update:
2 months ago

Update #7

I have updated/Revised The "More Info" Section of the page. If you have a few minutes feel free to step into my life 😊. It is a bit lengthy but I wanted to give a more indepth glance into how I ended up fund raising via the internet. It's not an easy thing to do, swallowing pride, opening up and allowing so many people to see mistakes and short comings. Some of it has been luck and some mistakes and mismanagement. I've learned in my 42 years that we are human and some times we fall.... Sometimes we need help to get back up πŸ’œ. If anyone has any questions at all please feel free to email me @ jjjbwillis@gmail.com I'll be happy to go into more detail about my business plan or answer personal questions.

PS. I searched through photo after photo trying to find a pic with all of us together and I had to go as far back as 2014

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Jamie Willis posted a new update:
3 months ago

Update #6

I can't thank y'all enough for helping with the list items and the donations. Each item sent from this list

https://www.amazon.com/gp/registry/wishlist/2IPXMTY756D8G

puts me one step closer to getting to work! Each donation gets me closer to being able to purchase the other items needed that can't be bought through Amazon.
Despite continuing to send out resumes I've hit another dry patch where no one has called for an interview. The garnishment takes such a large amount from each of my husbands paycheck and school is about to start. All of us with kids know that back to school is expensive! Let alone book fees and school lunches. I am really wanting to get to work so that I can help contribute during this difficult time we are in. Any help towards getting me on the road will be paid forward!

Thank you All!!!

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Jamie Willis posted a new update:
3 months ago

Update #5

I just realized I haven't really explained why it is that I need to get to work, it's a bit of a story so I'll try and keep it short.
It started in '08 with the housing market crash. My husband ran heavy equipment and when the market crashed all new construction came to a halt. We were sinking then so my husband found out that they needed equipment operators in the coal mines. (Yep now we know what happens) We had no idea what was going to happen just a few years down the road but at the time it was a really good move for us.
My insurance lapsed the day before I went into labor with my third child and so after we moved and Jason was working we saved enough money to file for bankruptcy. We filed and had a brand new clean slate and we were rebuilding! Until the Coal Market crumble, we lost everything AGAIN! And I do mean everything. We had a truck and a motorcycle both were taken we struggled to keep the roof over our heads. We don't have a safety net and the bank has gone through with a garnishment. We tried to stop it and tried to negotiate a lower %. They agreed to 20%! 20% is more than what the payments were in the first place! 5 of us one income equals a whole lot of eggs, ramen noodles and cereal to eat. This garnishment will last 2 years... 2 full years yet school is starting in about 2.5 weeks and that's a whole other expense. I NEED to get to work and I am continuing to fill out applications and send resumes but I haven't been offered an interview for nearly 2 weeks (again). That's a bit of the back story and a bit of how we landed here. Shares and donations are deeply appreciated

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Jamie Willis posted a new update:
3 months ago

Update #4

I've created a list through Amazon for some of the items that are required to get me driving. Sadly Amazon doesn't sell everything I need but it does take care of a lot of the smaller items.
I can't link the list but it can be copied and pasted into a browser. If you are more comfortable purchasing an item as opposed to donating money that's fabulous! That helps equally. Thanks in advance

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Jamie Willis posted a new update:
3 months ago

Update #3

If you aren't comfortable donating through Fundly I also have PayPal.me/JamieWillisUS and a Venmo venmo.com/jamie-willis-16 I am also going to post an Amazon list for those who would be more comfortable helping by purchasing an item out right as oppose to giving cash.

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Jamie Willis posted a new update:
3 months ago

Update #1

Please feel free to ask me any questions that you may have. I also have an itemized list of expected expenses available, just ask

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Jamie Willis posted a new update:
3 months ago

Update #1

Please feel free to ask me any questions that you may have. I also have an itemized list of expected expenses available, just ask

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