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Second ‘Tioga Tells’ survey hopes to help county residents with pandemic recovery

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OWEGO (WBNG) -- Tioga Opportunities is teaming up with Americorps Vista and Rural Health Network of South Central New York for their second Tioga Tells quality of life survey, this time focusing on the impact of the COVID-19 crisis.

The survey seeks to access the impact of the pandemic on Tioga County residents and provide relief in areas where it's needed. They say the goal is to increase the available opportunities for community members to play a role in municipal policy and decision making.

Tioga Opportunities Executive Director Maureen Abbott says some results from the survey are already in, giving them a better idea of what areas they will be focusing on.

"We've gotten over 200 responses and it looks like childcare is certainly one of the top things that residents are indicating has created some issues for them and metal health issues which is no surprise," she said. "And job loss from layoffs was another big one."

The organizations conducted their first quality of life survey last year, and were ready to begin implementing new community initiatives based on the results, but they decided to head back to the drawing board and see if the pandemic has changed the data and information collected the first time around.

"We have to figure out 'okay what do we have to do to help people just get on with their day especially because of the childcare and food insecurity these are relatively new issues," said project leader Catherine Faruolo of Americorp Vista.

Once the results are in they will be compared to last years survey and the organizations will meet with community partners to see how the results can be used to help residents better deal with the pandemic.

To learn more and take the survey, click here.

Jack Arpey

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