This coming Wednesday, June 17th is a statewide Census Day of Action. The New Jersey Department of State and Complete Count Commission will again focus on using our Friends and Family Outreach program to ask everyone to Call Those Who Count On You to see how they’re doing and to ask them to fill out their all-important Census.
This program, along with all of your hard work and activities has been very effective. At a 63.1% self-response rate (2.2% above the national rate) New Jersey has moved up two spots to #19 in the country; we’re currently #2 in the Northeast Region and 6 of our counties are in the top twelve counties in the region!
Your Day of Action can also take the form of other activities. Activities such as interactive online Census education and support meet-ups, information drops at food distribution locations or COVID testing sites, in person mobile kiosks using social distancing guidelines, Census drive-throughs and more. Let us know about them so that we can help to promote them.
For all of this to happen we need your help. Could you please send this information out to your networks and client and constituent lists, and ask them to participate?
We are asking as many folks as possible to participate in our Friends and Family Outreach call program. It’s simple to do and you can do it from the comfort of your own home. Everything you need is provided right here to start making calls, including a call script in Spanish: https://nj.gov/state/census-outreach.shtml
Here’s how the call program works – You call at least five (5) friends, neighbors or family members to check and see how they are doing. Then also ask if they’ve had a chance to fill out their Census. If they haven’t, we’ve provided info so that you can tell them why it’s so important. Then ask those who said yes to call 5 of their friends and family members - And so on, and so on.
Key message for the Day of Action: The Census affects everybody. It touches every life, every day whether by determining our representation or how much federal funding we get. The Census is a civic duty that we all participate in, regardless of our status, and whose benefits affect us all. It’s empowering – So let’s use it to say – “I Count”; “We Count” Fill It Out at 2020CENSUS.GOV.
Day of Action Social Media:
When you post use these hashtags #NJCensus2020#StrengthInNumbers