COVID-19 Census Updates
While the Coronvirus (COVID-19) pandemic has caused much uncertainty, difficulty, and hardship, it is key to know that the 2020 Census is STILL HAPPENING. Updates and tools to communicate regarding the Census and COVID-19 can be found below.
Census Operational Updates
Non -Response Follow -Up (NRFU), more commonly understood as Census Bureau Workers (enumerators) going door to door to collect Census responses from those who have not yet completed their form will begin August 11, 2020. It will continue until October 31, 2020. All forms of self-response (online, phone, and on paper) will also be open until September 30, 2020.
Social Media Operations Kit
Census Operations Social Media Kit
Contains all infographics for Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
Social Media Updates Kit
Census Outreach Ideas
Many in-person events hosted by Local Complete Count Committees, Community Organizations, or the Census Bureau have been cancelled for the safety and well-being of staff and attendees. Ensuring an accurate count is essential, so we hope some of the following ideas for outreach that do not involve in-person contact are helpful.
Ensure Census information and promotion is in whatever communications folks are tuning into for information about COVID-19 such as 1) local newspapers or neighborhood bulletins, 2) school newsletters, emails, or text messages, 3) county or city government communications, 4) Church or religious service emails, newsletters, or bulletins, or 5) afterschool program newsletters, emails, or text messages
Have census information present at food pick-up sites or distribute in food bags.
Place flyers or materials in businesses that are open like grocery stores, restaurants, pharmacies, or libraries.
Place flyers or yard signs on lamp posts, telephone poles, or trees on walking routes throughout neighborhoods.
Continue posting on social media or emailing your network.
Utilize existing phone trees, or telephone networks for communications by deploying with a census message.
If church or other religious services are live-streamed, include in announcements or as a part of the service.
Free lesson plans and activities about the census are available for kids of all ages. census.gov/schools
Host a webinar for your community on how to complete the census and why it's important. Contact us for help!
Please plan on having in-person events in the Summer. This will hopefully be safe and feasible.