Lakewood Complete Count Committee partners with the U.S. Census Bureau to support the 2010 Census
The Lakewood Complete Count Committee is partnering with the U.S. Census Bureau to raise awareness of the 2010 Census and help achieve a complete and accurate count of the growing and changing U.S. population. The partnership is part of a larger effort by the Census Bureau to increase participation in the 2010 Census, as census data directly affect how more than $400 billion per year in federal funding is distributed to state, local and tribal governments, and are used to distribute congressional seats to states. Census data are used for legislative and congressional redistricting, as well as to determine funding and locations for schools, housing, child-care centers, shopping centers, roads and more. These improvements can have a significant impact on the lives of everyone in the community.
One of the shortest census forms in history, the 2010 Census form asks 10 questions and takes about 10 minutes to complete. Census forms will be delivered or mailed to households in March 2010. Census Day is April 1, 2010, the official day of the population count. All 2010 Census responses should represent the household as it exists on this day. Households should complete and mail back their forms upon receipt. Census workers will visit households that do not return their forms to take a count in person.
By law, the Census Bureau cannot share respondents’ answers with anyone, including other federal agencies and law enforcement entities. All Census Bureau employees take an oath of nondisclosure and are sworn for life to protect the confidentiality of the data. The penalty for unlawful disclosure is a fine of up to $250,000 or imprisonment of up to five years, or both.
The Lakewood Complete Count Committee will share important information about the census, conduct a variety of partnership activities and encourage people to complete and return their 2010 Census forms.
Lakewood Complete Count Committee Activities:
- Census Job Fair held on January 13, 2010
- Presentations to Block Clubs/Community Organizations about the importance of the Census
- Schools: Education Campaign in the Classroooms
- Joint program by Lakewood PTA Council and Lakewood Public Library bringing age-appropriate stories and educational activities about the census to the elementary schools.
If you would like to participate in the Lakewood Complete Census Count Committee or have suggestions on how to help us get the word out about the Census, please contact the Department of Human Services at (216) 529-6685 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information about the 2010 Census, visit www.2010census.gov.