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The Census will take place in 2020. This national population count is mandated by the US Constitution and occurs every 10 years.
The data collected from the Census is used for just about everything you can think of. Sure it helps define generations like Baby Boomers, Gen X, Millennials, iGen and the like. But more importantly, it’s used to determine federal funding allocated to each state. Funding that goes towards things that affect every aspect of our lives every day like affordable housing, public schools, police and fire departments, MediCare, public transit, road repairs, food stamps and more.
Census data is also used for public health research as well as for determining California’s number of seats in the US House of Representatives.
For the first time, the Census will mostly take place online. That means people without internet access or a computer may not be counted. This would be devastating for California.
The Census count will overlap with tax season. Tax-Aid will be helping to educate people about why the Census is so important and offering assistance to complete the Census while they are at our tax sites.
We need your help. We are looking for volunteers to help with this special task at our tax sites. We will provide you with training. You can do your part and make sure all Californians are counted.
California stands to lose too much if we don’t count everyone.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you are ready to help.
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