Your connection to the people in the faith communities you serve could make a real difference in obtaining a complete count in the 2020 U.S. Census. Historically, certain populations have been hard to count, populations served by faith-based organizations such as yours. Hard-to-count populations include members of racial and ethnic minority groups, households with children under age 5 and immigrants. As a trusted member of your faith community, you have the ability to reach many of those hard-to-count individuals.
Why Is it Important?
By supporting the 2020 Census, you can shape the future of your congregation, neighborhood and community.
Census data directly affects the distribution of hundreds of billions of dollars in funds each year for community programs – programs that serve those in your faith community – programs that address poverty, hunger, homelessness, child care, emergency services and public safety.
How You Can Help
You and your organization are in a great position to help get the word out about the 2020 Census. Here are some ideas for doing just that:
Provide an area in your place of worship with computers or tablets that people can use to respond to the census online
Share census messages and information on your marquee, social media, newsletter, live stream and website
Promote census hiring by sharing the 2020 Census recruitment website: 2020Census.gov/jobs
Host an informational event or invite Census Bureau staff to speak to your congregation
Participate in the Faith Community Census Weekend of Action from March 27-29, 2020
Faith Community Census Weekend of Action
Over the weekend of March 27-29, 2020, we are encouraging faith-based organizations to promote the 2020 Census at their places of worship.
The Faith Community Census Weekend is a coordinated focal point for faith leaders to focus their outreach and support of the census.
Resources For You
Use these materials to help you initiate a dialogue with your faith community