* If you would like more information please join us for a conference call on February 11th from 4pm – 4:30pm and February 12th from 2pm – 2:30pm to learn more about the project details. As always, we deeply appreciate your commitment to prevention.
As the Census 2020 approaches, here are some tips on how you can assist families in your #Afterschool communities access the Census 2020. We encourage you all to take advantage of a few recommendations below to help ensure everyone in #NewJersey is counted!
Once a decade, America comes together to participate in the decennial census; Census Day is April 1, 2020. Federal funds, grants and support to states, counties and communities are based on population totals and breakdowns by sex, age, race and other factors. Nearly $23 billion in federal funding for New Jersey depends on Census counts, including Medicaid, hospital funding, Title I school funding, childcare, student loans, highway and transportation funding and school meals programs. It is important that every person is counted, but in New Jersey there are many residents that are “hard to count.” That is why outreach and education efforts are necessary to ensure everyone is counted.
For the first time, residents will have the option of completing the 2020 Census online or over the phone. This means that any location with internet access or phone service can be a site to complete the Census questionnaire. These sites will be critical for people without a regular and reliable connection to the internet.
How to Help:
To ensure all New Jersey residents have access to the Census, the 2020 Census NJ nonprofit coalition and the New Jersey Department of State are calling on local communities to help ensure every person is counted. Family Success Centers are ideal for the public to have an accessible location for getting census information, online access and a trained person to guide them in completing their census forms.
Below are a few ways our network could help:
- A Census Kiosk (CK): is a location where people can comfortably and securely fill out their census questionnaire and receive help if they need it. Internet-connected devices (such as tablets, Chromebooks, laptops, desktop computers) are available for public use. FSC would recruit and train volunteers to support individuals during kiosk hours.
- Recruiting/Recommendations for a Census Kiosk: FSC’s could identify community partners that could become trained and serve as an additional Census Kiosk location. Potential sites include (but are not limited to): Libraries, Schools, Recreation centers, Senior centers, Businesses (such as barbershops, salons, laundromats, restaurants, etc.), Houses of worship, Soup kitchens or food pantries, Government offices such as WIC, health clinics, post offices, etc., Child care centers and LGBTQ+ centers.
Census Kiosk Training Site: Serve as a site for volunteers that want to become trained to work at a Census Kiosk location.
Did You Know?
Job Recruitment: FSC’s with populations that are unemployed or under-employed, may want to promote and encourage FSC members to go online to apply for jobs with the US Census Bureau. They are looking to hire 500,000 people, including tens of thousands in NJ. It is temporary employment for about 2 months and income from the US Census Bureau WILL NOT count against your public benefits income limits, so you will not lose or have reduced GA/TANF, SNAP, NJ FamilyCares, CHIP, Medicaid, etc.
Ø Training: Webinar training available mid-February
Ø Proposed Timeline: Census Kiosks operating with trained volunteers
- High level of support: March 1 – May 31 (13 weeks)
- Moderate level of support: March 12 – May 31 (10 weeks)
- Minimum level of support: April 1 – May 15 (6 weeks)
Ø FSC to Capture:
- Number of volunteers the FSC recruited and trained (if operated as a Kiosk/or operated as a training site)
- How many people came to the kiosk (if operated as a kiosk)
- How many additional ‘Kiosks” were recruited
Interested sites please fill out the sign up form here and forward to Sukanya Varadhan at Sukanya.Varadhan@dcf.nj.com. For more information and details on how you’d like to help she is the point of contact.
Our goal for this partnership is to get every person counted and access the “hard to count” populations by getting as many Census kiosks setup throughout NJ!
For additional information on Census 2020, feel free to explore the provided links:
If you would like more information please join us for a conference call on February 11th from 4pm – 4:30pm and February 12th from 2pm – 2:30pm to learn more about the project details. As always, we deeply appreciate your commitment to prevention.