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United Way survey: 58 percent doubt preCOVID conditions to return until 2021

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United Way of Porter County recently began to conduct a landscape survey of businesses and residents to assess the economic impact of COVID-19 on Northwest Indiana.

And the results are discouraging:

-- 70 percent feel that their community’s economic conditions have been significantly disrupted by COVID-19 and 55 percent expect recovery to be difficult.

-- 64 percent counted the Top Three community needs as paying their rent or mortgage, finding employment, and accessing food resources.

-- 58 percent don’t expect pre-COVID conditions to return until February 2021 or beyond.

“We’re committed to serving Northwest Indiana by developing a long-term recovery plan to help residents bounce back quickly from COVID’s impact,” said Kim Olesker, president and CEO of United Way of Porter County. “From our initial evaluation, we anticipate more than 50 percent of households will need some sort of community assistance over the next 12 months.”

Survey results will help determine where United Way network resources will be focused. Survey responses were 59 percent residential and 41 percent business, nonprofit, and government. Visit to view initial survey results and share your thoughts.



Posted 5/15/2020




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