Gloria F., Alex R., Zoey B., Rose P.
While most high school students are too young to complete a household census themselves, they know that a complete census count has a strong impact on their futures, too.
As the October 31st deadline for self-reporting approaches, a group of about 50 civic-minded teenagers, led by the nonprofit organization The Concilio, partnered with Dallas County Counts to block walk on October 3rd. The teenagers fanned out across Pleasant Grove, Bachman Lake and Northeast Dallas, where self-reporting numbers remain behind local and national averages. Over the course of three hours, they knocked on more than 500 doors to spread the message about the importance of the 2020 U.S. Census.
Florencia Velasco Fortner, The Concilio president and CEO, said, “We want to make sure everyone counts, particularly in these underrepresented neighborhoods. The Census numbers determine funding for schools, roads, hospitals and services as well as congressional representation for Texans to thrive for the next decade.”
For those needing to fill out the Census, go online at https://my2020census.gov/ or over the phone in English by dialing 844-330-2020 or in Spanish at 844-468-2020.
ABOUT DALLAS COUNTS:
Dallas County Counts is Dallas County’s effort to ensure a complete and accurate count in our region. Responses to the 2020 U.S. Census questionnaire will allocate funding for everything from schools, hospitals and roads to emergency response and disaster relief. For every person that is undercounted during the 2020 Census, each city in Dallas County could potentially lose more than $15,000 in federal funding per person during a 10-year timeframe. Even a 1% undercount in Dallas County, given its current population, would result in a loss of more than $40 million a year in federal funding.
ABOUT THE CONCILIO:
The Concilio, a nonprofit that helps parents unlock the potential in their children and communities, has been serving Latino and other diverse North Texas communities in a culturally relevant way since 1981. The organization is a Census outreach partner of Dallas County Counts, Dallas County’s effort to ensure a complete and accurate count in our region. The event is part of a larger campaign by The Concilio that also includes outreach at area food distributions and apartment complexes, as well by social media, text and phone to some of the hardest-to-count areas. More information can be found at https://www.theconcilio.org/