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Counting Our Citizens

As you are probably aware the US 2020 Census is rapidly approaching. I am a member of the US Census 2020 Complete Count Committee (CCC) for Montgomery County. I chair the subcommittee for nonprofit community organizations.  There are several sub- committees including Faith-Based organizations, Education, Foundations, Government, Media and Data.

United Way of the Greater Dayton Area’s Public Policy Committee has designated the Census as a priority for the current program year. Counting all of our citizens is very important because federal government resources are allocated over a ten year period based on the count of citizens in your area. Census data is used for decision making at all levels of government, attracting new businesses, directing funds to assist people in poverty, planning for public transportation, understanding labor supply, drawing school boundaries, congressional and legislative districts, representation in congress and a host of other things.

The community organization subcommittee will be focused on areas where undercounting generally occurs; children under five years of age, veterans, non English speaking persons, immigrants, persons with disabilities, senior citizens and persons ages 18 to 24.

The census count officially launches April 1, 2020. Wherever you may live, we need your help to encourage people to complete their census form and be counted.

There are many job opportunities with the Census Bureau in our area. If you know someone who is interested please have them apply online at 2020 census.gov/jobs or call 1-855-562-2020.  Some jobs could lead to longer term employment.

Please let me know if you have a group or organization that wants to know more or get involved with one of our committees.

Thanks for your support.

J. Thomas Maultsby

President and CEO

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