The Time Is NOW to Complete the Census Form! - United Way of Central Alabama

The Time Is NOW to Complete the Census Form!

Look for your invitation in the mail to complete the 2020 U.S. Census form (online, by phone or through the mail). The Census is our nation’s official way of counting all the people who live here. The count takes place only once every 10 years, so it’s vitally important that you complete the form and do your part to make sure the Census is as accurate as possible.

It’s ALSO really important to us on a state and local basis because federal funds that our area receives for things such as education, healthcare and roads are tied directly to the population count. The number of representatives specific districts have in Congress is tied to Census information. Federal money for programs that United Way of Central Alabama receives to help people in need depends on that data, as well.

Following is some basic information you might find helpful if you have questions about the Census. OR WATCH A SHORT VIDEO BY CLICKING HERE.

WHAT IS
THE CENSUS?
Every 10 years, the U.S. census is sent to every household in the country. It contains 10 simple questions and takes only about six minutes of your time. It’s a safe and secure way to help obtain $13 billion in federal funding for our state’s future.

WHY IT MATTERS.
An accurate census count is important for programs such as healthcare, education, roads and bridges, jobs, congressional representation, and more.

HOW DO YOU FILL IT OUT?
Everyone will receive a postcard in March 2020 from the U.S. Census Bureau with instructions. You can complete it in three ways: online, telephone, or a mailable paper form. On average, it takes only six minutes to complete.

WHAT IS AT STAKE?
$13 BILLION
Alabama can obtain $13 billion in federal funding used to improve our state’s future. This money means better health care, schools, roads, job opportunities, housing assistance and more.

JOB SECURITY
Without a complete count of our population, Alabama could lose the opportunity for economic growth. This would result in fewer new jobs, businesses, investments and more. Please don’t let that happen. Fill out your Census form today!

AVOIDING CENSUS FRAUD AND SCAMS

It is important to know that the Census Bureau will not send unsolicited emails to request your participation in the 2020 Census. Further, during the 2020 Census, the Census Bureau will never ask for:

  • Your Social Security number
  • Your bank account or credit card numbers
  • Money or donations

If you suspect fraud, call 1-800-923-8282 to speak with a local Census Bureau representative.

For additional information, visit www.census.gov