WHAT IT IS:
The 2020 Census counts every person living in the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and the five U.S. territories (Puerto Rico, American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands).
WHY IT MATTERS:
Meals on Wheels Texas is committed to ensuring a complete and accurate count of all individuals during the 2020 Census. A complete and accurate count is important because Census results help determine how $675 billion dollars in federal funding will be spent for the next decade. This is money that directly impacts our communities through funding for health care facilities, schools, and public safety.
In 2018, Texas Meals on Wheels organizations received more than $30 million in funding through the Older Americans Act which helped those organizations provide more than 13.6 million meals. For more information on how this funding can impact Texas home-delivered meal providers, check out the Texas Fact Sheet compiled by Meals on Wheels America.
HARD TO COUNT POPULATIONS:
Our Meals on Wheels Texas members provide home-delivered meals and other services to some individuals the Census Bureau recognizes as "hard-to-count," or individuals that are at risk of not being included in the 2020 Census. Hard-to-count includes those who are classified as low-income, those who live in rural or geographically isolated areas, or those with physical disabilities. Check out the Census Bureau's map of hard to count communities and get your plan ready for reaching those in your area.
LINKS TO CENSUS RESOURCES:
There are a variety of opportunities between now and Census Day (April 1, 2020) to prepare our communities for a complete and accurate count. Check out the links below for more information.
Texas Counts is a state-wide collaborative effort working to engage cross-sector leaders and organizations to leverage, amplify, and share resources to promote the 2020 Census. Texas Counts serves a partner, connector, and hub for “get out the count” efforts in Texas.
While the Census count itself isn’t doesn’t start until April, NOW is the time to get informed, educated and motivated! To help, Nonprofit Vote has compiled a valuable list of resources and information, including fact sheets that you can share with your organization and get them involved in getting out the count.
The Census Bureau is hiring for a variety of temporary jobs including census takers, recruiting assistants, office staff, and supervisory staff. Candidates must complete and online job application that includes assessment questions about education, work, and other experience (click here for a full list of requirements).
Download, customize, and share the outreach materials provided by the Census Bureau. These resources will help promote and explain the benefits of a complete and accurate count.