In light of the COVID-19 outbreak all over the world, NCAAT wants to check in on our communities’ families and friends to make sure that people are taking care of themselves and taking precautions to protect those around them — washing hands with soap for at least 20 seconds, staying home when not feeling well, avoiding unnecessary physical contact.
On our part, NCAAT is also committed to the safety of our communities.
We’ve therefore decided to postpone all of our public events for the next month, including the naturalization assistance workshop previously scheduled for 3/21. We’re in the process of moving our trainings to a virtual format and will postpone conducting in-person voter registration or in-person outreach efforts indefinitely.
Don’t let COVID-19 keep you from being counted in Census 2020.
While we are pausing in-person activities, we want to make sure to continue letting our communities know the importance of the Census.
Because of the spread of COVID-19, it’s even more vital now for our communities’ health and safety to make sure that folks are self-responding to the Census questionnaire via online, phone, or mail to avoid unnecessary door-to-door visits from US Census Bureau workers.
The 9 questions on the questionnaire will help determine the allocation of $1.5 trillion in federal funding per year for the next 10 years to support things like hospitals, schools, fire stations and roads in our communities.
This is the first year that the Census is available online, and it is the best and easiest option at a time where we’re trying to minimize public interactions.
You should be getting an invitation letter in the mail today or within the next week or two from the US Census Bureau with a web address and a unique Census ID, use that information to fill in the Census questionnaire online!
(See photo at right for example of what the invitation letter will look like.)
In addition to the Internet option, the letter will also have a toll-free number to call in to answer the questions.
The online and phone options will be available in 13 languages, while the paper form — which will be sent later on to households that have not responded online or by phone — will only be available in English and Spanish.
Remember, with $1.5 trillion in federal funding annually at stake, your friends and family are counting on you to be counted.
If you have any questions about the Census, NCAAT’s programming or any other resources you need, please feel free to reach out to us via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.