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
-- 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 unitedwaypc.org/COVIDsurvey to view initial survey
results and share your thoughts.