Community Needs & Impact Resources


2021 Organizational & Community Needs Assessment Survey 
UWLES partnered with Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore and The Campbell Foundation on the 2021 Organizational & Community Needs Assessment.  This survey gathered information from nonprofits in Dorchester, Somerset, Wicomico and Worcester Counties on community needs and gaps in service, as well as the impact of COVID-19 on nonprofits and organizational readiness to engage with Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) programming.

We are grateful to The Campbell Foundation for funding the survey. 

View Survey Data 



Strengthening Communities - Lower Shore Nonprofit Impact


The Strengthening Communities survey and report details the economic and social impact of the nonprofit sector in Dorchester, Somerset, Wicomico, and Worcester Counties. The report, released in Summer 2019, provides the first-ever documentation of the contributions made by the local nonprofit sector.


Through this collaborative effort, quantitative data can be used for future community and nonprofit growth and highlights the significant role nonprofits play in the region’s economy and quality of life. Nonprofits serving the region completed the survey regardless of mission, age, history, size or type of programs. The study used data collected from nonprofits and existing data from the IRS and the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation.



ALICE Report


Visit our ALICE webpage to access the full 2020 Maryland ALICE Report, including fact sheets on Dorchester, Somerset, Wicomico and Worcester Counties, and reports on COVID-19 impacts and impacts on African American households.  You will also find the Maryland Benefits Cliff Study, and the link to interactive tools to further explore ALICE data.


Learn More About ALICE