BETTENDORF, IOWA (August 3, 2020) United Way Quad Cities needs your feedback to help determine the economic impact COVID-19 has had on area families. United Way launched a 10-minute-long, 30-question survey, open to all residents of Rock Island and Scott counties, to inform and guide community leaders in how best to support Quad Citizens in need.

“Every Quad Cities family has felt the impact of COVID-19 and even though our region is in various phases of re-opening, life remains uncertain. This survey is an opportunity to better understand the impact the pandemic has had on our residents,” said United Way President and CEO Rene Gellerman.

Before Coronavirus Pandemic

Before COVID-19 hit, more than one-in-three households in the Quad Cities were already struggling. Workers that were unable to earn enough to cover the basics or save for an unexpected life crisis or loss of a job are especially affected. For many Quad Citizens, the economic crisis has stripped away family assets and abruptly repositioned families into unfamiliar financial positions.

The survey seeks information on a wide range of topics, including the most pressing concerns; job changes, child-care challenges, and economic changes that families in the Quad Cities are navigating.

“On a daily basis, United Way is focused on helping Quad Citizens thrive. With COVID-19, the needs of our local families, many who were already struggling before the pandemic, have been amplified with disruptions in workforce, child care, school, and overall life,” said Gellerman.

“As a long-time, proud partner and supporter of United Way and other community organizations, QCR Holdings/Quad City Bank & Trust recognizes the importance of seeking out a deeper understanding of the challenges ahead for families across our bi-state region,” said Jen Hunt, Senior Vice President Internal Audit Manager QCR Holdings/Quad City Bank and Trust and Chair of United Way’s COVID-19 Rebuilding Fund Grant Allocation Committee. “Knowledge is powerful, and this survey will provide valuable insight that can allow our region to respond and rebuild with greater focus and speed.”

All information provided in the survey will be anonymous and kept confidential.

“If you’ve felt the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, please take the time to complete the 10-minute survey,” Hunt added. “United Way wants to listen and learn how to best help those Quad Citizens who have been hardest hit by COVID-19.”

Respondents can enter for three $100 gift card giveaways

Survey respondents will have the chance to enter into a giveaway drawing for three $100 gift cards thanks to a donation by Target.

The survey is accessible online at, and survey forms are available at the United Way office, Monday through Friday, 8AM-4:30PM, at 852 Middle Road, Suite 401, Bettendorf. Please call in advance 563-355-4310 or email to arrange a pick-up time or to have a form mailed to you.

To learn more about the United Way, visit

About United Way of the Quad Cities

United Way is a community-based social-change organization that puts opportunity in the hands of all Quad Citizens. Working with our determined partners, volunteers, advocates, and donors, we lead the charge to improve education, income, and health the building blocks of opportunity. The result is a mobilized community where every Quad Citizen is living their best possible life.,

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