Tri-County United Way conducted a survey to assess the impact the COVID-19 crisis has had, thus far, on local families. Results from over 400 families are in and despite the dynamic challenges faced, local residents’ number one concern is contracting COVID-19.
“Looking ahead to recovery and rebuilding, Tri-County United Way seeks to stay focused on feedback from the people we serve,” said Peter Aust, Interim Executive Director. “As we learn, we will be sharing with our partners in a dynamic and fluid conversation, our ongoing assessment on the effectiveness of current and future programs.”
Key takeaways and the greatest concerns revealed from the survey:
- 39% are most concerned about self or loved one contracting COVID-19
- The top concern for families with children was their children’s well-being. “Struggling with how to work away from home and educate my child”, survey commentary illustrative of these concerns
- The economic health of our community was the third top concern
- For those who had lost jobs or had hours reduced, financial assistance was a critical concern
- Mental health and depression was a prominent concern amongst seniors and single parents.
Before the pandemic hit, 40% of local households were led by workers unable to earn enough to cover the basics and save for an unexpected crisis or job loss. For many, the economic crisis has stripped available assets and abruptly repositioned families into unfamiliar financial positions. “The people in the middle are those suffering the most. We make too much for food stamps, but don’t make enough to pay for everything without acquiring credit card debt”, survey respondent commented.
“We are grateful to the hundreds of people who took the time to share their thoughts and experiences with us during this trying time.” said Aust. “As we share the results of the survey with our nonprofit and business partners, we will stay focused on addressing the greatest concerns of the COVID-19 crisis on our local community and families.”