United Way survey seeks to pinpoint pandemic’s impacts
Almost a year after Covid-19 struck and stalled the world, United Way of Miami-Dade has launched a Pandemic Impact Survey to measure how significantly Miami-Dade County households and small business owners were affected.
The impact survey will give United Way access to the financial and household burdens the pandemic has caused on families and small businesses. The responses will provide insight into local challenges and identify ways the organization and community partners can plan, coordinate and adapt services to support those in need with short- and long-term recovery efforts.
The survey aims to collect responses from a wide range of households and income levels, as well as small business owners, said Mary Donworth, United Way’s senior vice president of community impact.
“We want to know more about the resources they have used or might need, and what are the resilient factors in these families,” she said. “Once the results are available, this survey will be helpful as we plan for the next investment cycle.”
The survey will also augment the nonprofit’s ALICE (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed) Report, which United Ways across the nation publish every two years. The report shines a light on the number of families struggling to make ends meet. These families are those who live paycheck-to-paycheck barely able to cover basic needs like housing, childcare, medical expenses, food, utilities and transportation.
With 54% in Miami-Dade County living in, or one emergency away from, poverty, the pandemic has exacerbated an already difficult situation, creating more long-lasting financial obstacles, Ms. Donworth added.
Open for the public through March 26, the survey should take about 15 minutes. Responses are confidential, and no one will be able to associate a name with a response.
“There’s a question in the survey, for example, if there is a $400 emergency expense, how would you pay for it?” Ms. Donworth said. “We want to know what kind of resources and assets they have. How many people are salary or hourly, and how their pay has been affected. We aim to reach as many households as possible.”