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Don’t Cut the Census Short!

What is the 2020 Census?
The 2020 Census counts every person living in the United States and five U.S. territories (Puerto Rico, American Samoa, Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands). The count is mandated by the U.S Constitution and conducted by the U.S Census Bureau.

Why is the Census important?
The Census is important because it determines:

  • How billions of dollars in federal funding for healthcare services, schools, public transportation, roads, and other resources are spent
  • Where businesses open (new job opportunities, convenient locations)
  • How many Representatives each state gets in Congress
  • How the boundaries of legislative, school, and voting districts are drawn

Why does the 2020 Census need your support?
The U.S. Department of Commerce intends to drastically cut short 2020 census operations. The Administration is planning to end door-to-door census enumeration and self response operations Sept. 30, a full month earlier than it announced when it modified the 2020 census timeline as the COVID-19 pandemic took hold in the United States. Philanthropic leaders from across the country believe that the additional month is needed to complete the count; nearly four in ten households were still yet to be counted at the beginning of August.

How can I help?
Use the tool to the right to send an email to U.S Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross. While UWBEC continues to advocate for a complete count there is strength in numbers! The administration will notice when a number of constituents reach out to them about an issue.

Other Census FAQ's

Do I need to complete the Census?
Yes!!! Participating in the Census is required by law. Counting everyone is important because the results of the Census affects funding in your community, representation in Congress and more.

How do I complete the Census?
You can respond by mail, online or by phone in 12 different languages. You can also respond in English by TDD at 844-467-2020. The Census has guides available in 59 non-English languages, as well as American Sign Language, Braille and large print.

Is the Census safe?
Yes, your responses to the 2020 Census are safe, secure, and protected by federal law. Your answers can only be used to produce statistics—they cannot be used against you in any way. It is illegal for anyone but Census employees to see your information. By law information collected cannot be shared with anyone else including landlords, employers, law enforcement and immigration officials. The Census Bureau will never ask you for your social security number, money or donations, bank or credit card information, or citizenship information.

About this Campaign
This campaign is a part of UWBEC's Summer of Caring. Summer of Caring is an eight-week event where you will learn more about our community and ways you can help. To learn more about Summer of Caring visit www.uwbec.org/summer.

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