ITHACA, N.Y. –– The United Way of Tompkins County is looking to better understand the needs of the local community in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

In order to assess the impact of the coronavirus on Tompkins residents, UWTC, and over 20 United Ways organizations across New York State, are conducting a survey that will inform how they can best support individuals and families in this new post-pandemic world.

“Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic we have continuously received qualitative and anecdotal feedback from our volunteers and partner agencies, but now this survey will allow us to hear from a more widespread population and provide a more thorough quantitative analysis of the challenges faced by our neighbors,” said Emma Terwilliger, director of community impact at UWTC.

All Tompkins County residents and families are invited and encouraged to complete the 10-minute survey here by Oct. 27. All responses are confidential.

“This information will help United Way of Tompkins County identify the most immediate challenges facing individuals and households throughout the county. Then, together with partners, we will continue to seek solutions to those needs and strengthen our community,” Terwilliger added.

Anna Lamb

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