Message from the U.S. Census Bureau:
As our country weathers the Covid-19 crisis, we know that your community is facing a situation no one expected and needs special care right now. I'm writing because I'd like to connect with you about how the 2020 Census can help and to ask for your assistance in getting the word out to your community. The Census will soon be hiring again, and we're also in a unique time when self-response to the Census Questionnaire is more important than ever.
Some of your family, friends, staff or clients have likely suffered job loss or reduction in hours. The Census will be hiring! Field operations for the 2020 Census have been on a pause, but we'll soon need part-time, flexible, temporary workers and we pay $18/hour in Multnomah and Clackamas counties. We hire many people who are working other jobs or handling dependent care obligations, so this could be a temporary but stable way for those you know to supplement their income while helping their community. They can apply online at 2020census.gov/jobs.
Also, as you probably know, large amounts of government funding for roads, schools, healthcare, SNAP, HUD and pre-school programs are allocated based on Census data. The data that we collect this year will drive government spending for the next 10 years, so it’s important that we get a complete count in your community and you can help by encouraging those you know to respond to the 2020 Census Questionnaire. They can self-respond online at 2020census.gov, by phone at 844-330-2020, or by mailing in the paper questionnaire they recently received in the mail. Doing so will remove the need for a Census worker to contact them more directly and get us closer to the complete count we’re all after.