1. The census is due next week, and we need to monitor our congregations, family and friends to see that this is done. An address, birthday, and the number of people who live in the home is all that is needed.
2. Some homes have received a paper questionnaire (sometimes known as the census form). Please complete your form online (visit my2020census.gov), by phone (844-330-2020), or by mail, in the envelope provided. If you have lost your return envelope, please mail your completed questionnaire to the U.S. Census Bureau - National Processing Center - 1201 E 10th Street - Jeffersonville, IN 47132. NOTE: When responding by mail, use blue or black ink to fill in the questionnaire. Do not use a pencil.
3. This is a good at home outreach ministry to do! Let's get the word out and get it done! You can register family members, friends, members of your church and neighbors just by typing in census 2020 and answering the questionnaire. Be sure they have not registered already and be sure to have address, birth date and number in the household of those that you are assisting. Dr. Campbell, in one day, registered over 20 people; most were family members, - some young and some older. If you have their information, you can even register people in other states.
4. PLEASE KNOW & REMEMBER:
a. The Census Bureau will not contact you on behalf of a political party.
b. The Census Bureau will never ask you for:
· Your full Social Security number.
· Your bank account or credit card numbers.
· Anything on behalf of a political party.
· Money or donations.
5. Derrick Johnson, President and CEO of the NAACP says, “The impacts of this pandemic (Coronavirus) have been compounded for the Black community, but we must not let this moment exclude us from the Census. Now more than ever, your participation in the Census will help determine the level of federal funding our communities receive for the amenities that are so vital to our well-being, such as good roads, schools, libraries, public parks and more. In these difficult times, one of the most important things you can do is to Be Counted!”
6. The count is important as it determines congressional seats. In March of 2021 the Census Bureau will send redistricting counts to states. This information is used to redraw legislative districts based on population changes. The census count also determines federal funds for: Medicaid, Children’s Health Insurance, Head Start, Highway and Income Programs.
7. May-July- Census takers will begin visiting homes that haven’t responded to the 2020 Census to make sure everyone is counted!
The above information was submitted by Dr. Clifford L. Harris, General Secretary, Department of Lay Ministry, in conjunction with Dr. Barbara C. Campbell, President, Connectional Lay Ministry Council, and Bishop Marvin Frank Thomas, Sr., Chairman, Department of Lay Ministry & Presiding Prelate, 2nd Episcopal District of the CME Church.