TAN is helping United Ways of Tennessee conduct a survey to help better understand the impact of the COIVD-19 pandemic. Survey questions will cover issues including those about childcare, Afterschool opportunities, and the availability of technology for remote education and working from home. The survey is sponsored in part by the Tennessee Afterschool Network and can be accessed through September 30 at one of these links: www.surveyuwtn.org or www.uwtn.org/alice
We need at least 3,000 responses for it to be more accurate, so please share it with your partner agencies, blast it on your newsletter lists, and share it o your blogs or websites. Send it to your friends, family, and coworkers too. It is imperative that we get as many completed surveys as possible, and it is open to anyone in Tennessee to complete. The links to the survey are www.surveyuwtn.org or www.uwtn.org/alice.
Use it in your newsletters, send it to your contacts, and try to post it on your social media channels at least every other day. Sept. 30 is the last day the survey will be open.
The information we collect will help us identify trends and local needs and enable us to work with community partners to provide resources and support in this difficult time. This survey asks about the well-being of households and what they are doing to get by during COVID.
Completing this survey should take about 10 minutes. Responses are confidential, meaning that no one will be able to associate names with responses. Use #iamALICE with Survey posts.
Here is a sample newsletter notice or blog post:
The Tennessee Afterschool Network, in partnership with United Ways of Tennessee, is launching a COVID-19 Impact Survey to better understand the effects of the pandemic on Tennessee’s families. Survey questions will cover issues including childcare, education, afterschool opportunities, and the availability of technology for remote learning and working from home. We need at least 3,000 responses so it can be as accurate as possible, so please share it with your friends, family, and coworkers. The survey can be accessed through September 30 at these links: www.surveyuwtn.org or www.uwtn.org/alice
This survey assesses the well-being of households and what they are doing to get by during COVID. The information we collect will help us identify trends and local needs and enable us to work with community partners to provide resources and support in this difficult time. Completing the survey should take about 10 minutes. Responses are confidential, meaning that no one will be able to associate names with responses. If you could help as a survey social media ambassador, please follow this link: http://www.tnafterschool.org/survey-social-media/
Thank you for your time and consideration.
Here are some sample posts you can use over the 21 Day survey period:
- Retweet if you have skipped on needed medical care due to cost during COVID-19. ALICE families face #impossiblechoices – Pay for electricity or fill a prescription? Follow this link & tell us your story so we can understand the pandemic’s impact in TN www.surveyuwtn.org. #iamALICE.
- Are you an ALICE who struggles to make ends meet in TN? What sacrifices do you have to make to survive? And what would help you? Please take 10 minutes to tell us at www.surveyuwtn.org #iamALICE
- #IAmALICE – Your car broke down. You’re short on rent. You need $400, but you don’t have it. Please take a few minutes to tell us how you survive at www.surveyuwtn.org
- TN children are among those at greatest risk. By 2018, nearly half of all families with children had incomes below the ALICE Threshold. Tell us how your family is doing at www.surveyuwtn.org #iamALICE
- Could you feed a family of four for a month with $830? Have your grocery bills gone up since the pandemic began? Please tell us how your family is making ends meet at www.surveyuwtn.org #iamALICE
- Despite Tennessee’s reputation for helping, our new ALICE report shows that nearly 47% of Tennesseans struggle to feed their families. How are you doing? Please tell us at www.surveyuwtn.org #iamALICE
- 32 percent of hard-working Tennessee families have incomes that exceed the Federal Poverty Level but aren’t high enough to cover basic needs. How’s your budget doing? Tell us at www.surveyuwtn.org #iamALICE
- ALICE can be an office worker, a childcare worker, a home care aide, a teacher, cashier or custodian. ALICE is essential to our quality of life. Tell us your ALICE story at www.surveyuwtn.org #iamALICE
- #Evictions are expected to spike across TN. Are you at risk? Tell us your pandemic survival story at www.surveyuwtn.org #iamALICE
- #childcare has been problematic during the pandemic. It already costs the average family almost $900 a month, but during these times it’s been unavailable or financially out of reach due to employer shut-downs. Please take 10 minutes to share how you’ve handled this issue & others over the past 6 months: www.surveyuwtn.org #iamALICE
- United Way is conducting a survey to help better understand the impact of the COIVD-19 pandemic in TN. Completing this survey should take about 10 minutes & all responses are strictly confidential. www.surveyuwtn.org #iamALICE
ALICE & COVID-19
These 11 posts focus on national stories that demonstrate the disastrous effect COVID-19 is having on our ALICE population. Images should self-populate from the links. It is highly recommended you run these posts during September as we are trying to get your audiences to understand the issues around ALICE and to respond to the survey.
- #COVID19 job losses also impact health care access. @commonwealthfnd survey shows “1 in 5 adults who said that they or a spouse/partner had coverage through a job affected by COVID-19 reported that at least one of them is now uninsured” http://ow.ly/G0tg50ALAKr #ALICEhealthcare
- #COVID19 is bringing longstanding issues inherent in the US economy into the harsh light. All of a sudden the largely “invisible,” largely underpaid, largely ALICE workforce has become our “essential workers.” #EssentialALICE #ALICEworks #EssentialWorkers https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/24/opinion/wages-coronavirus.html?action=click&module=Opinion&pgtype=Homepage
- Double-disaster for millennials: “The economic hit of the coronavirus pandemic is emerging as particularly bad for millennials…who as a group hadn’t recovered from the experience of entering the workforce during the previous financial crisis” #ALICEworks http://ow.ly/Oyol50AXTes
- United For ALICE researcher @dan_treglia launched a new video series called “Past the Pandemic.” #MeetALICE and learn how #COVID19 is widening American #incomeinequality in the first vid at: http://ow.ly/2J8I50ALhyP #UnitedForALICE #EssentialALICE
- Big numbers show the scope of #COVID19 impacts on the US economy. Stories help us dig deeper & give a face to these larger trends. Check out these powerful stories of people #unemployed due to the pandemic: http://ow.ly/W1Gr50AyjP8 @CalSunday #MeetALICE #UnitedForALICE
- Due to #COVID_19 related supply chain disruptions, grocery costs have increased at a faster rate than they have in decades. Coupled with growing unemployment, that’s a recipe for increased #foodinsecurity. http://ow.ly/ViQs50ASOWf Tell Congress to #BoostSNAPnow
- The title of this article says it all – the #COVID19 pandemic is brining economic insecurity to the forefront…a reality ALICE households face every day, but especially in times of crisis. #MeetALICE #ALICEworks @BrookingsInst @MarthaHRoss @nicbateman1 https://www.brookings.edu/blog/the-avenue/2020/03/13/coronavirus-makes-it-impossible-to-ignore-the-economic-insecurity-built-into-our-labor-market/
- There’s a big divide in Americans who can work from home and who can’t during the #COVID19 pandemic – and it’s not just about job type. There are big gaps by race and educational attainment. #ALICEworks #HelpALICE http://ow.ly/BIge50yVNUU
- An important mantra to keep in mind as we all try to navigate these difficult times: “The people behind the counter are people.” #ALICEworks #COVID_19 #Compassion http://ow.ly/PSXM50zG77J
- Often, ALICE workers can’t afford time off and/or work in service jobs where “work from home” isn’t an option. These jobs also often make it possible for others to avoid contact (delivery of food and goods). #ALICEworks More at http://ow.ly/cyK450yF9Cx & http://ow.ly/mQJy50yF9Cy
- Amid the #COVID19 crisis, another emergency looms: Rising water bills, which increased 80% on avg from 2010-2018 in US cities. “The research shows that rising bills are not just hurting the poorest but also, increasingly, working Americans,” namely ALICE. http://ow.ly/w5yV50ALxhi.