• Voces Unidas

Community feedback on COVID-19 impact in Latinos | Impacto de COVID-19 en los latinos

Updated: Jun 7, 2020

Voces Unidas, the first Latino-led, Latino-serving non-profit in the Roaring Fork and Colorado River valleys, today released a summary of community feedback capturing the opinions of 84 Latinos from Parachute to Aspen.

As a social justice organization, Voces Unidas is committed to ensuring that Latinos are not left behind in the response and recovery of COVID-19.

We hope that this feedback sparks conversations within community organizations and institutions and inspire more genuine and honest inclusion of Latino participants, residents, employees, customers and constituents in decision-making processes in relation to COVID-19.

These results only represent the feedback and opinions of those participating in the survey. They should not be used to make general representation statements of the opinions of 30,000-plus Latinos who live in the tri-county region.

On May 18, 2020, Voces Unidas released a survey over text targeting 280 households from Parachute to Aspen. The survey was also published online. Eighty-four members of the Latino community responded to the survey. The survey closed on May 22, 2020.

Here are the main points:


  • 84 Latinos responded to the survey

  • More than half of respondents live in the Glenwood, Carbondale and El Jebel area and another 21 percent live in the Battlement Mesa to New Castle area

  • Eighty-four percent of the respondents work in hotels, restaurants, construction and cleaning services (n=82)

Employment impact

  • Sixty-six percent of the respondents were laid off and had no income due to COVID-19; 15 percent lost their job and won’t be able to return; 14 percent had hours and income reduced; Only 5 percent said that they were able to keep working during the crisis. (n=80)

  • At the time of the survey, 70 percent were still without work and income; 24 percent were back at work with reduced hours; Only 6 percent were back to work at levels before COVID-19. (n=81)

Returning to work

  • Seventy-one percent of respondents said that they do not trust that places of employment like hotels, restaurants and construction sites will act responsible with Latino workers (n=81)

  • Forty-five percent of respondents do not feel safe to return to work but will due to need; Another 18 percent said that they do not feel safe and that they did not trust that their employer would have a plan to protect their health; 34 percent feel safe and think that their employer will have a plan to protect their health. (n=77)

Emergency aid during crisis

  • Only 40 percent of respondents said that they had received aid during the crisis from government or a non-profit (n=84)

  • Of those who received some sort of aid, 88 percent of respondents said that the aid was not enough to meet their needs (n=69)

  • When asked if they were denied or if they never received aid, respondents named the following as reasons:

- Only helped once and then I did not qualify (n=20)

- No one returned my call or they never answered (n=14)

- I did not have proper documents to qualify (n=13)

- I did not know where to go (n=12)

- There were no funds left when I applied (n=11)

- I did not qualify because I do have legal status (n=7)

- I could not provide/meet all requirements/criteria (n=5)

- Landlord did not want to participate (n=3)

- I did not have a computer or internet (n=1)

Trust in government and non-profits

  • Only 44 percent of responded said that they trusted that their local government would help them in the future in relation to the crisis

  • Sixty-three percent of respondents trusted that a local non-profit would help them in the future due to the crisis

Leaders from Voces Unidas will continue to release community feedback to elevate community concerns and spark conversations about equity.

Impacto de COVID-19 en los latinos

Voces Unidas, la primera organización sin fines de lucro dirigida por latinos para latinos en los valles de Roaring Fork y Colorado, publicó hoy un resumen de comentarios de la comunidad que captura las opiniones de 84 latinos desde el Parachute hasta Aspen.

Como una organización que apoya la justicia social, Voces Unidas aboga para que los intereses de la comunidad latina sean prioridad durante las fases de respuesta y recuperación de la crisis de COVID-19.

Esperamos que estos resultados generen conversaciones dentro de las organizaciones e instituciones comunitarias e inspiren una inclusión más genuina y honesta de los participantes, residentes, empleados y clientes latinos en los procesos de toma de decisiones en relación con COVID-19.

Estos resultados solo representan los comentarios y opiniones de los participantes en la encuesta. No deben usarse para hacer una declaración de representación general de las opiniones de más de 30,000 latinos que viven en la región de los tres condados.

El 18 de mayo de 2020, Voces Unidas lanzó una encuesta sobre texto dirigida a 280 hogares desde Parachute hasta Aspen. La encuesta también se publicó en línea. Ochenta y cuatro miembros de la comunidad latina respondieron a la encuesta. La encuesta se cerró el 22 de mayo de 2020.


  • 84 latinos respondieron a la encuesta

  • Más de la mitad de los participantes viven en el área de Glenwood, Carbondale y El Jebel y otro 21 por ciento vive en el área de Battlement Mesa a New Castle

  • El 84 por ciento de los encuestados trabaja en hoteles, restaurantes, construcción y limpieza (n = 82)

Impacto laboral

  • El 66 por ciento de los encuestados fueron descansados y no tenían ingresos debido a COVID-19; El 15 por ciento perdió su trabajo y no podrá regresar; 14 por ciento tenía horas e ingresos reducidos; Solo el 5 por ciento dijo que pudieron seguir trabajando durante la crisis. (n = 80)

  • En el momento de la encuesta, el 70 por ciento seguía sin trabajo e ingresos; 24 por ciento volvieron al trabajo con horas reducidas; Solo el 6 por ciento volvió a trabajar en niveles anteriores a COVID-19. (n = 81)