Undercounts put many Ohio communities at risk of receiving far less than their due of crucial federal dollars over the coming decade. The Census determines not only the apportionment of Congressional seats, but also funding for Medicare, Medicaid, Head Start, the National School Lunch Program, affordable housing, transportation, and Pell grants. All people living in the United States count and should be counted, under the Constitution. The Census count is due to end September 30.

Reach out to your neighborhood through your congregation’s social media and the safety net programs you partner with, such as food pantries. Ideas include putting up a banner or putting flyers in food orders. Please publicize the toll-free number 844-330-2020 and the QR code people can scan to enter their census information via smart phone.

Here’s the Census Bureau’s link for community outreach materials: https://2020census.gov/en/partners/outreach-materials.html 

The Census bureau has published a short booklet (below) on outreach ideas for the faith community, including a link to the Washington National Cathedral’s 2020 Census Event on Facebook Live.

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