United Way asks families to complete virus-related survey


Special to The Dispatch



United Ways across Mississippi have launched a statewide survey to assess the economic impact the COVID-19 crisis has had on Mississippi families. All Mississippi families are invited to complete the United Way COVID-19 survey by visiting surveymonkey.com/r/UWMSCOVID19. Individual responses are confidential.


"Undoubtedly, COVID-19 has impacted the health, education and financial stability of countless individuals and families throughout Choctaw, Oktibbeha, Webster and Winston Counties. United Way of North Central Mississippi has continued to identify and effectively address the various issues and challenges faced by our neighbors, especially at this time," said Brittney D. Oliver, executive director of the United Way of North Central Mississippi. "This COVID-19 survey is another resource that allows community members to share their concerns confidentially and inform United Ways throughout Mississippi of priority issues to target."


Before the pandemic hit, many households were led by workers unable to earn enough to cover the basics and save for unexpected crises or loss of employment. For many, the economic crisis has stripped available assets and abruptly repositioned families into unfamiliar financial positions. The survey seeks information on a wide range of topics, including the most pressing concerns, job changes, child care challenges, and other economic changes Mississippi families are navigating.



The tough work that will be needed to help communities recover is the very work United Way does every day. It helps connect those in financial distress with resources to pay bills and stay in their homes, feed those facing food insecurity and help prepare children for success in school, work and life.


The survey is being conducted at zero cost, thanks to the Louisiana Association of United Ways and to a network of volunteer experts, including Steven Dick, member of the Louisiana ALICE (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed) Research Advisory Committee, and advisory assistance provided by the United For ALICE team.


The survey takes about 10 minutes and includes questions related to: What are you concerned about in the weeks and months ahead?; the economic health of my community; paying rent/mortgage; you or a loved one getting COVID-19; children's well-being, remote learning; adequate child care; getting food and other needed things; mental health issues (e.g., depression, addiction, anxiety); medical issues other than COVID-19; attending church or other social gatherings, and more.


All who have felt the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic are asked to complete the 10-minute survey. United Way wants to understand the needs in order to help communities recover, rebuild and thrive.




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