It’s census time – Households are encouraged to respond when they receive their invitation between March 12th and March 20th. They will receive either an invitation encouraging them to respond online or by phone, or an invitation along with a paper questionnaire.
All households receiving an invitation in the mail will receive a second letter in the mail shortly after reminding them to respond. Then, households that still haven’t responded will receive a series of additional reminders, including a paper questionnaire in mid-April. Census takers will follow up with households that don’t respond to collect responses in person.
You can help — make sure all are counted, you, your family and friends, your neighbors, your colleagues and those in your community. Here are some resources:
- Just for fun and for the kids in your world, check out the Sesame Street videos: https://www.sesameworkshop.org/press-room/2020-census-kit or this printable book for kids https://www.census.gov/programs-surveys/sis/2020census/2020-resources/pre-k/story-and-activity-book.html
- Consider joining the Census@Work day created by the Saint Paul Area Chamber of Commerce: http://www.censusatwork.org/
- Watch and link to videos created by the State Demographic Center in various languages, and covering confidentiality concerns. https://mn.gov/admin/2020-census/tools-resources/videos2/
- Other Census resources are here: https://mn.gov/admin/2020-census/ Notice the chat window when you open this link. You can ask any question and get a response back in your language. It’s also a text-enabled tool.
- Here’s the Census Bureau’s 2020 Census info page. Lots of great content and answers are here. https://www.census.gov/en.html
MACS 2020 has been holding meetings around the state with Congressional offices in the last couple of months. The stories that are shared by constituents in the communities are inspiring, energetic, creative, and inclusive. Watch for events over the next three weeks, leading up to “Census Day”, April 1st.