Lincoln's Complete Count Committee invites the public to a "March to the Mailbox" event Saturday, April 10 to promote participation in the 2010 Census. The event is from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Malone Community Center, 2032 "U" Street.
"For March to the Mailbox, community leaders will be taking to the streets to show their support for the Census," said Blanca E. Ramirez-Salazar, a Nebraska Partnership Specialist with the U.S. Census Bureau. "They are helping us spread the word that taking 10 minutes to answer 10 questions can make a big difference."
Those attending the event can receive help in filling out their Census forms. The Complete Count Committee also is looking for volunteers for two efforts:
Census forms were mailed in March, and replacement forms are currently being mailed as a reminder to those living in areas of traditionally low response. Beginning May 1, Census workers will visit households that do not return forms to take a count in person.
The Complete Count Committee is a partnership between the City and the U.S. Census Bureau designed to increase participation in the 2010 Census. Mayor Chris Beutler has encouraged all Lincoln residents to complete the Census form because the federal government uses the data to determine how to distribute more than $400 billion of federal funds to state and local governments each year. According to a recent study from the Brookings Institution, each person who completes the form means about $1,735 in funding per year for the City and State. Census data also are used to determine the number of seats in the U.S. House of Representatives and is important for redistricting purposes.
Information shared with the Census Bureau is completely confidential. By law, the Census Bureau cannot share respondents' personal information (i.e. name, phone number) with anyone, including other federal agencies and law enforcement entities. More information about the 2010 Census, is available at 2010census.gov.