As our communities battle the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s easy to lose track of other things that we need to stay focused on. One big focus right now – the 2020 Census.
Once every ten years, we count everyone living in America. It provides us with essentially a snapshot of our nation – who we are, where we live, and what we need. In a broader context, it lays out funding and political power, which is why it’s so important to count every single person.
Using information from the Census, we’ll decide:
- How many Congressional representatives our state has.
- How to redraw our political districts from Congress right down to school zones.
- Where to allocate $1.5 trillion dollars for hospitals, roads, schools, free/reduced school lunches, Pell Grants, and more.
If you’re not counted, our community loses out on your fair share of that funding and political power. And it’s lost for the next ten years until we count everyone again.
By now, you should’ve received a 2020 Census form in the mail. There’s a few options to complete it. You can fill that form out and drop it back in the mail. You can respond online at My2020Census.gov and complete it there. You can even call your answers in by calling 844-330-2020.
Go ahead and take a few minutes to complete the Census if you haven’t yet. You’re already online looking at this email so now’s a great time to take five minutes and fill it out.
As we fight through this pandemic and start rebuilding on the other side, we’re going to need the funding and political power more than ever. It’s critical that we all receive our fair share so we can rebuild together.
Your friends, family, and neighbors are counting on you to be counted.
Our communities are counting on you.
I’m counting on you.