How Can One Person Make a Difference? Respond to the 2020 Census!
Have you, or anyone you know, been helped through Meals on Wheels, local First Responders, or Medicare Part B? Do you know of children in your community who count on school lunches to get through their school day, or receive help from a Special Education teacher? Have you enjoyed programs at a local Library? Do you know of a struggling farmer receiving important assistance in their dairy or maple operation from the state cooperative extension office?
Did you know that funding for all of these programs is determined, in part, by the results of the US Census?! For the next ten years, more than 675 billion dollars annually, in more than 65 federal programs, will be allocated to the state based on your response to the US Census. When you respond to the 2020 Census by indicating how many people live in your household – whether you live alone or with others – you are helping to make sure that funding for these programs in Vermont is maximized!
Beginning soon – in early March – every household will be contacted by the US Census, either by mail, by a form dropped off at the door, or by a personal visit, inviting your response. Beginning March 12, you will be able to complete your Census online. If you prefer to fill out a paper form instead, it will be mailed to your home in April. Whichever way you choose to respond, it is important to respond! Please note: the US Census can not send census forms to post office boxes! If you do not receive one at your door by the end of April, please respond online. You may also submit it online at our library and receive assistance there for an online submission. It’s safe, easy, and important, and of course, all of your responses are confidential under Title 13 of the US Code.
Yes, one person can make a difference – and you make that difference when you respond!