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Group pushes community support for 2020 Census

Group pushes community support for 2020 Census

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The candidates of the Danville chapter of The Links, Inc., are conducting a service project to educate Danville residents about the importance of the 2020 Census.

The organization is using its collective efforts to get an accurate count of the residents of Danville, with a specific focus on undercounted communities.

Census data is directly linked to how much federal funds a community receives for the next 10 years.

As of May 25, only 55.4% of the people in Danville had responded to the census. Certain parts of the community are not participating at all.

There are four census tracts in Danville that are considered undercounted communities. The people who live in these neighborhoods are hard to locate, hard to contact, hard to persuade to participate in the census and hard to interview.

The local group wants these residents to be counted and a threefold plan of action was developed.

First, to reach these residents and encourage them to participate, 1,000 postcards were mailed in undercounted areas in June. Second, a parade through the targeted communities with messages about the importance of everyone participating in the census was conducted on July 25. Finally, a public service announcement stressing the importance of the census will be disseminated on social media.

The information a resident provides on a census form kept confidential by federal law. Residents may respond online, by mail (postage free) or by telephone.

— Special to the Register & Bee

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