The Urban League of Palm Beach County is helping to encourage more and more people to register for the 2020 Census.
The 2020 Census is expected to be one of the most critical counts in decades as it will not only influence the fairness of democratic representation for hundreds of millions of people across the country, but will determine the distribution of billions of dollars in federal funding for years to come.
From support for school lunch programs and children’s health insurance to the appointment of congressional representation, the federal government uses the data from the decennial population count – or the census – to determine thousands of crucial policy decisions. In fact, the 2020 Census is the determinant for funding many of America’s most important policies and programs for the environment, health care, housing, special education and school nutrition services for millions of underprivileged children, and much more.
Nonprofits are uniquely positioned to help improve the 2020 Census count as they have trusted relationships with communities that have been historically difficult to count and have a base of volunteers who can be mobilized to conduct outreach. Community members may be more likely to respond if they learn more about why it is safe and important for them to be counted.
Join Florida Counts for one of our Census 101 trainings across the state. In Palm Beach County, there will be free training session on Wednesday, Feb. 26, from 9:00 am -11:00 am at Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties for nonprofits and community-based organizations to learn more about how to better integrate Census 2020 into your work.