The 2020 Census count is underway.
The Census is our country’s primary method of accounting for every member of our diverse community. We have a lot at stake in Alameda County. Census data and the funding it enables is crucial to our ability to carry out our mission.
COVID-19 is highlighting the importance of the Census, showing the role it plays in emergencies like the one we’re experiencing. And, accurate data provides the solid ground on which our elected officials and policy experts stand when making decisions that impact all of us.
It affects funding for essential resources like schools, roads, and CalFresh (food stamps). And, Census data is used by our decision-makers to determine funding for critical emergency relief programs. Organizations like ours rely on accurate data to meet the needs of the neighbors we serve in times of crisis.
Now more than ever, we must work to ensure a fair and accurate count of all the diverse residents of Alameda County.
Here’s how you can help:
- Complete the Census today. If you haven’t already, make sure you and everyone who lives at your current address are counted. By completing the Census, you’ll bring an estimated $10,000 back to our community in the next 10 years.
- Make sure others get counted, too. Reach out to everyone in your network and make sure they’ve completed the Census. Check out this map to see the percentage of people in your neighborhood who have responded.
- Volunteer. Looking for a meaningful way to engage with the community as you shelter in place? Sign up to make calls and help increase turnout. Email our Census organizer for more information.
If you know someone who needs language assistance while completing their Census, visit this site or call 211.