We are in the homestretch, la recta final. We only have six days left to fill out the census and we need to ensure we are all counted; nos tenemos que hacer contar en el censo por el bienestar de todos nosotros, to shape our future. It only takes 10 minutes to fill out the census, and it has an impact for 10 years in our community, to receive resources for our schools, para la educación, health care centers, para nuestra salud, fire departments, para los bomberos, to protect our environment, para proteger el medio ambiente, and much more, y muchísimo más. Still not convinced why filling out the census is so important? Hear from our Affiliates themselves.
By Beatriz Paniego-Béjar, Content Specialist, UnidosUS
La Clínica del Pueblo, Washington, DC
This Affiliate is providing a lot of information about the census in Spanish, ensuring that everyone understands that everybody counts, no matter our immigration status, no matter how old: “¿Quiénes en su casa cuentan en el Censo 2020? Los bebés de 2 semanas La hermana que acaba de llegar a los Estados Unidos La abuelita que vive con usted.”
Mujeres Latinas en Acción, Chicago, Illinois
“If we don’t fill it out, we lose the millions [of dollars] of funding that is necessary for our communities,” said Frances Velez, a volunteer with our Affiliate that notes how those resources could ultimately go toward funding neighborhood clinics, hospitals, and daycare centers.
UnidosNow, Sarasota/Manatee, Florida
A coalition of organizations in Sarasota and Manatee, among them our Affiliate UnidosNow, have gathered to explain our communities that filling out the census is the number one way of making your voice heard, letting hundreds of millions of dollars flow into our community.
Latino Memphis, Memphis, Tennessee
Our Affiliate participated in a Facebook Live with other organizations in Memphis to create awareness among Latinos about the importance of making ourselves count in the 2020 census. One of the reasons? School lunches for our children. Watch it here:
Campesinos Sin Fronteras, Somerton/San Luis, Arizona
The organization has been part of the Census Caravan event the city of Somerton put together, and they have been encouraging Hispanics to fill out the census sharing information from the Census Bureau and translating it into Spanish.
CLLARO, Denver, Colorado
Understanding the preference of in-person outreach our community has, our Affiliate hosted a census outreach event in their region, with the goal of increasing the census completion rates. Many came out to fill out the census and make themselves count.
Casa Central, Chicago, Illinois
This Illinois Affiliate also explains the political aspect of the importance of the census: its count “determines how many representatives each state will have in Congress for the next 10 years and how much federal funding communities will receive for roads, schools, housing, and social programs.”
If you don’t have your census ID—the number included in the letter or questionnaire we receive from the Census Bureau—it doesn’t matter: after you start the questionnaire, under the ID field, choose the link that says, “If you do not have a Census ID, click here.”