U.S. Department of Commerce
Economics and Statistics Administration
U.S. CENSUS BUREAU
Issued April 2008
In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau will issue a call to action for
every resident of our nation: “Be Counted.”
The 2010 Census is important. It determines the distribution of
$300 billion annually of government funding for critical community
services and generates thousands of jobs across the country.
Your support matters. As an organization that provides vital services to
your community, you are a trusted voice with a unique connection to the
people you serve. Partner with the Census Bureau and help ensure that
everyone has a voice in this vital count.
By supporting the 2010 Census, your community-based or social
service organization will:
Bring jobs to your community.
Hundreds of thousands of jobs will
need to be filled nationwide for 2010 Census operations. More jobs
mean a more robust local economy.
Help your community get needed funding.
Census data determine
the allocation of government funding, help planners determine
where there is the greatest need for social services and guide where
to build job training centers, child-care and community centers,
and other service facilities. An incomplete count could mean your
community does not receive its fair share of funding.
Receive an accurate portrait of your community.
Census data will
help your organization estimate the number of residents in need of
services and the number of potential volunteers in your community.
Include information about the 2010 Census in newsletters, on bulletin
boards, in lobbies and online.
Answer questions and help people overcome misconceptions about the
2010 Census. Share the benefits of being counted and reassure your community
their answers are safe.
Help recruit applicants for 2010 Census positions, providing jobs to those in need in your community.
Provide space for testing and training 2010 Census employees.
Provide space for Be Counted sites and