United Way seeking participants for survey on pandemic effects on public

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INDIANAPOLIS — The United Ways of Indiana have jointly launched a survey to understand how the COVID-19 pandemic and economic disruption affected and continue to affect Hoosier communities around the state. The survey will help local United Ways identify trends and local needs to best provide resources and support in this challenging time. Community members are asked to respond and provide insight into how COVID-19 impacted your household’s ability to cover basic needs and the choices that your household makes to ensure health, education, and financial stability.

When COVID-19 hit, nearly 950,000 Indiana households were already one emergency away
from financial ruin — a 10-year record high — setting the stage for the unprecedented economic
impact of the crisis, according to Indiana’s latest ALICE (Asset Limited, Income Constrained,
Employed) report, released in Spring 2020 by Indiana United Ways. The challenges faced by ALICE households continue to be exacerbated by the pandemic.

Everyone is encouraged to take the survey, not just ALICE households. The survey takes about five minutes, is anonymous — asking only for a participant’s zip code — and will be conducted through March 5.

“We need to know what kind of resources we need to be providing to our community, so this information will help us better understand what challenges our community is facing,” said Abby Desboro, marketing communications director for United Way of the Wabash Valley. “We ask everybody to take part, not just ALICE households. You know, COVID and the pandemic has not discriminated so you can tell us anything from mental health issues to child care, a loss of a job, anything.”

“We know that this pandemic has significantly affected and continues to affect our ALICE
families, many of whom have kept our essential services afloat during this challenging time,”
said Indiana United Ways President & CEO Maureen Noe. “As we look towards an opportunity
to rebuild from this pandemic, we want to ensure that our local United Way network and
partners understand our ALICE households’ current needs so that we are ready to provide
support and resources.”

Noe added, “Prior to this pandemic, we already knew that 37% of Hoosier households were ALICE with another 11% vulnerable to becoming ALICE. This survey gives our communities an opportunity to share how they’ve gotten by during this difficult time. It is quick and confidential and will enable United Ways and their partners to address our most pressing community challenges.”

For more information or to find data about ALICE in local communities, visit www.UnitedForALICE.org/Indiana or contact Kathryn Habecker at kathryn.habecker@iuw.org.

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