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0000017c-83f8-d4f8-a77d-b3fd0d9f0000In 2020, WNIN, the Center for Innovation and Change at the University of Evansville and ¿Qué Pasa, Midwest? collaborated on a seven month research and reporting project to find stories of the coronavirus pandemic in seven Midwestern states.Students from two UE ChangeLab classes provided substantial data and reporting resources for this project. Explore their work here and the entire CBC series below. COVID Between the Coasts is an ongoing project. If you know of a Midwestern story of the pandemic that has not been told, let us know.0000017c-83f8-d4f8-a77d-b3fd0da00000CBC: Binge Listen to Season OneThe reporting was research driven. Dr. Darrin Weber and his fall semester ChangeLab class students, Maya Frederick, Timmy Miller, Ethan Morlock and Pearl Muensterman gathered, cleaned and created visualizations of demographic and coronavirus data in our selected region. Their work culminated in an extensive data visualization of the coronavirus progression in our seven state project area. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=smvmyHHNNEI" target="_blank">Learn more about the app and research.Full size Mobile0000017c-83f8-d4f8-a77d-b3fd0da00001

Crisis Response Fund Wrapping Up Pandemic Role

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As recovery from the pandemic continues, the COVID-19 Crisis Response Fund of the Greater Evansville Region will make its last disbursements later this summer. 

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WNIN's Steve Burger talked with Welborn Baptist Foundation CEO Pat Creech about the crisis response fund and where we go from here.

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To date, the crisis response fund has raised more than $6.6 million and distributed over $4.3 million to agencies in a five county region of Southwestern Indiana to help meet emergency needs during the pandemic.

The fund will make its final disbursements September 1. One of the organizers, Welborn  Baptist Foundation CEO Pat Creech says its purpose was to help the region come out of the pandemic in better shape than before. He hopes that trend will continue.

Creech said, “Rather than rebuilding things that should be torn down, or stopped, or reimagined, we would encourage people to take this opportunity and start new.”

To that end, the fund announced that it would award up to $1 million to a collaborative effort that reimagines the systems for how non-profit agencies, funders, local government and the private sector can work together to meet common goals.

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