The Episcopal Church urges all: Be counted, or lose out, in the 2010 Census

The Episcopal Church urges all: Be counted, or lose out, in the 2010 Census

April 8, 2010

The Episcopal Church joins other voices around the United States in urging citizens to complete the census form, asking all to Be counted, or lose out!

The deadline is around the corner, so there is still time to participate. Census forms were issued via United States Post Office, and the last day to mail back the census forms is Friday, April 16.


According to The Episcopal Church Office of Government Relations, based in Washington DC, there are some vital aspects of the census to remember:


- The Census affects how each state is represented in the United States Congress


- The Census determines how more than $400 billion per year is allocated for projects like new hospitals and schools.


- If a community is undercounted it will be underserved. Completing the census allows for an accurate community count.


- Community residents can use the census data for local initiatives such as environment, quality-of-life issues and advocacy issues.


Resources:


The Episcopal Church Office of Communication has developed an ad urging participation in the 2010 Census. Be counted, or lose out, is available free here:


http://www.episcopalchurch.org/adcollaborative.htm


There are many websites and resources available to assist in completing the forms and answering questions:


- Resources: http://www.episcopalchurch.org/109350_121277_ENG_HTM.htm


- Census 2010: http://2010.census.gov/2010census/how/


- Questions and answers: http://2010.census.gov/2010census/how/interactive-form.php


- In Spanish: http://2010.census.gov/2010census/language/spanishla.php


- Native American/Indigenous peoples information: http://www.indiancountrycounts.org/splash.cfm


- Faith Based Leadership Guide: http://2010.census.gov/partners/pdf/toolkit_FaithBased_Overview.pdf


Episcopal News Service: This count counts: http://www.episcopalchurch.org/80050_121155_ENG_HTM.htm


Census 2010: It's Not Too Late to Return Your 2010 Census -- Communities Plan 'March to the Mailbox'


http://2010.census.gov/news/releases/operations/march-mailbox.html



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