COVID Survey Highlights Pandemic's Financial Effect on TN 

Erratum Note:

In the previously issued version of the COVID-19 Impact Survey: 2020 Tennessee Results Report, an error in the database lead to the incorrect ALICE Threshold categorization for households with income above $100,000. That issue has been corrected in the latest version, which now shows that 33% of respondents had income below the ALICE Threshold and 66% had income above the ALICE Threshold. All statistical analyses of the differences between these groups have also been updated (shown in gold boxes throughout the document).

United Ways of TN COVID-19 Impact Survey
Illuminates the Pandemic’s Financial Impact
on Tennesseans

Media Contact: Mary Graham 
Cell: 615-495-9970 
Email: [email protected]  
Date: 11/19/2020

Murfreesboro, TN – United Ways of Tennessee (UWTN) released a survey report which gives the first snapshot of how individual households have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The survey shows that contracting the virus is the top concern for most Tennesseans (80%), but a significant portion of respondents also have struggled with mental health issues, access to child care, and providing for basic needs. The survey report and additional information can be found here: 

Learn More About COVID's Impact on ALICE

UWTN conducted a COVID-19 Impact Survey in September to assess the financial and household burdens that the COVID-19 Pandemic has caused on our state’s families. The survey received more than 2000 responses from people of all income levels and with both urban and rural representation.

“United Way hopes these survey results will inform policymakers, advocates, and community leaders as we work towards recovery and a prosperous future for all Tennesseans,” said Mary Graham, president of UWTN.  “Financial struggles are real and deep.  Half of respondents said they had taken money out of savings, 30% increased credit card balances, and 30% applied for unemployment.”

“United Ways of Tennessee would like to remind all in our community who are struggling to provide for their families’ basic needs that 2-1-1 is a one-stop call for help. But please reach out for assistance as soon as possible. Do not wait until eviction or utility shutoff are imminent, because our community partners need time to determine eligibility and connect you to emergency resources if you qualify. Anyone can dial 2-1-1 or search for resources at Graham said.

The Tennessee Afterschool Network was a sponsor of this survey initiative because as expected, the results demonstrate that childcare and remote learning challenges are top of mind for parents in Tennessee. Just over half of parents noted that they had struggled with juggling work and child care, 45% have had concerns with helping with distanced learning, and 40% said child care issues impacted household members’ ability to work during the pandemic.

“Public investment to support accessible, affordable high-quality child care including afterschool and summer programming is essential to help our economy recover from the pandemic. Many parents to do not get to choose to work from home or step away from a career to care for children during a pandemic. We need safe child care to be ready and available for every phase of the recovery,” Graham said.

About United Ways of Tennessee

United Ways ofTennessee (UWTN) is the association of 32 United Ways, coming together for collective action to fight for the health, education and financial stability of everyone living in our state.  AsTennessee’s leading community solutions provider, we are the driving force behind many initiatives that provide solutions to the most critical needs.

About Tennessee Afterschool Network

The Tennessee Afterschool Network supports children, youth, families and communities by advocating and building capacity with a unified voice for sustainable investments in safe, healthy and nurturing afterschool, childcare, and summer experiences.


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Attention advocates!  On March 16, from 10 to 11 a.m. Central (11 a.m. to noon Eastern), we will hold a webinar to prepare for the TN Afterschool Network/Save the Children/United Way Digital Week on the Hill from March 23 to 27. 

During this week, we will contact our legislators about our issues via email, mail, and phone, as well as educate them and the general public by sharing our message on social media.  Of note, in-person visits to legislators are also welcomed and encouraged. 

Message content will focus on anti-vaping legislation, TANF funds, and out-of-school-time programming.  Advocates will also receive general information around logistics and social media, as well as tips for engaging their legislators. 

In addition to materials housed on our resource pages (UWTN & TAN) , we will be sharing a template letter/email you can customize and use for your communications with legislators, as well as social media messaging.   

Please RSVP to [email protected] to ensure you receive all the materials you’ll need for the call on Monday.

Call-in information is: 
Dial-in Number:  1-712-775-7031
Meeting ID:  611-496-968

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Since we had to cancel our Day on the Hill in Nashville on March 4, Please help us do the next best thing between March 23 and 27.

Join our Digital Week on the Hill on Facebook and Twitter to help us thank our state legislators and to advocate for optimal spending of the TANF surplus (SB2797/HB2509), to promote the importance of afterschool programming, and to educate legislators on the need to reduce youth access to vaping products (SB2079/HB2114).

But we’re going to make it worth your while. The person or organization that shares or copies our content (customization allowed) with the hashtags #TANHillWeek#UWTNHillWeek, or #InvestInKids (must use at least two) and gets the most engagement between March 23 and 27 will win a $50 Amazon Gift Card. In case of a tie the top contestants will be notified and then their names will be put in a drawing for the prize. Last year’s winner was Crystal Barnett Chambers with Save the Children. She posted a picture of her and her coworkers with Representative Jeremy Faison, which received 81 likes. 

The best part is how easy it is. Just follow @TNAfterschool and @UnitedWaysTN on both Facebook and Twitter. Then watch these pages between March 23 and 27 and like and share all our posts. Remember to tag your elected officials too.

Keep watching this page as more material – sample posts, photos you can share, and a list of legislators’ social media handles – will continue to be added through March 23. In addition to materials housed on this page , we're sharing a template letter/email you can customize and use for your communications.

You can also change your cover banners on Twitter and Facebook to join us. Just right click on the pictures below, scroll down and click on “save image as” and save them to your desktop or hard drive. Then upload them to your Twitter and Facebook accounts to use them as your cover art.

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