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Volunteers needed for Tempe’s Complete Count Committee for the 2020 U.S. Census

Apply by Sept. 14

Post Date:08/07/2018 10:29 AM

The City of Tempe encourages community members to apply for volunteer positions on the city’s 2020 U.S. Census Complete Count Committee. Apply online at www.tempe.gov/BoardsandCommissions through Sept. 14.

Cities and towns around the country form Complete Count Committees to help get the most accurate count of their residents.

Tempe residency is not required to serve on the Complete Count Committee, if the individual works in Tempe and brings a valuable perspective or expertise in reaching audiences.

More information about the Complete Count Committee role is available at www.tempe.gov/census .  

According to the Census Bureau, the administration of the Complete Count Committee lies with the highest elected official in the municipality. As the City of Tempe did in preparation for the 2010 Census, Mayor Mark Mitchell is soliciting applications for Complete Count Committee volunteers.

“Census Day for the 2020 U.S. Census is April 1, 2020 and we need your help in educating and encouraging a full count of those living in the City of Tempe because it is going to determine how much federal funding we will get for needs like transportation, housing assistance and more,” said Mayor Mitchell.  “The federal government will redistribute more than $675 billion back to state, tribal and local governments and we need those living in Tempe to participate if we’re going to get our fair share.”

The 2020 Census will have 10 questions and response will be heavily geared toward online completion. Every household will get a mailer prompting online response using a unique authentication code. Residents also can reply by phone or mail. Confidentiality of Census data is guaranteed by law.

The Census Bureau recommends that cities form Complete Count Committees to organize both the strategy and execution of their outreach and promotional efforts. Among other activities, committees should examine the city’s 2010 Census data to strategize about outreach in geographic areas of low response as well as among populations with lower response rates. Committees can guide the selection and timing of specific tactical outreach activities and the formulation of recommended budgets to make those possible. Committee member representation should be diverse demographically and include nonprofits, faith-based groups, educational entities, businesses and other organizations.

Once assembled, the Complete Count Committee will operate under the direction of a volunteer Chair or Chair/Co-Chair and will meet at regular intervals. City staff also will be part of the Complete Count Committee.

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