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2020 Census

Every 10 years, the U.S. Census Bureau conducts a census to determine the number of people living in the United States. Participation is imperative as it affords Michigan funding support. Michigan stands to lose $1,800 per person per year of federal funding to support programs that use Census data. Visit the Census site to gain more information. 
Below are a list of activities and events in Washtenaw County to assist in learning more about the Census.
1. The League of Women Voters of the Ann Arbor Area is doing a series of presentations about the census to local organizations and community groups. If you would like to arrange the League to come give a presentation to your organization or community group, feel free to reach out to Margaret Leary ( who is leading these efforts. The first meeting will be Sept 18 at the YMCA Community Teen Center.
2. Washtenaw Complete Count Commission Training – Linda Clark is our county’s representative from the US Census Bureau and she leads trainings for complete count commissions throughout the state. This training is meant as a learning session for people who will be very involved with our local commission’s activities through next year. We have this training scheduled for 3pm on September 11th at OCED offices (415 W Michigan Ave in Ypsilanti). Please RSVP using the calendar invite attached to this email and forward to anyone else you think might be interested.
3. Michigan State University’s Institute for Public Policy and Social Research is hosting a forum to have an informative discussion of Census 2020 and its implications for Michigan. This event is also on September 11th, but is earlier in the afternoon. The program is free and open to the public.  Use this link to register if you’d like to attend, and please report back what you learn!
4. Planning and Working Meeting – Following these meetings, we want to reconvene as a larger group to start discussing which ideas that have been brought up so far should move forward and start creating an action plan to make sure they get executed effectively. This meeting is scheduled for October 1st from 5:30 to 7:30 and will be held at the Learning Resource Center – please RSVP by completing this form so we know you’re coming. Feel free to forward this information to others in your organization or community who you think would be interested in census outreach efforts moving forward. We hope to see as many of you there as possible.


Interested in earning extra income while helping your community? The U.S. Census Bureau is hiring to assist with the 2020 Census count. For more information or to apply, visit census jobs.