Friday, May 1, 2020

2020 Census Needs Our Help

Hi All,

This weekend there's a big push to get everyone to complete the census. We're being asked to help by posting encouraging messages on social media - Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, whichever you ones you use.

So why should we do this?

First, a lot of us have time on our hands right now. But more important, historically NY has been under counted on the Census and that affects each and every one of us. The Census is used to distribute Federal funding to the states for:
---Human Services
It determines Federal representation (# of Representatives).
It's data is used by the state and localities for planning and distribution of funds.

What can we do?

Message on social media!

It can be a simple Facebook or Twitter message like "I'm Counted! #2020Census" or "We're Counted! #2020Census" to more substantive messages about Education, Healthcare, etc. Below are some examples from the 2020Census Team. You can get out your message as a text, a meme, a video, or any other expression that strikes you. If you're bilingual, please post in all the languages you know.

Let's do this. Let's make it happen for Mt. Pleasant, Pleasantville, Westchester County and NY State. The success of our count benefits us for the next decade.


Sample posts (just copy and paste):

--In our country, everyone counts—no matter who you are, what you do, how you worship, or whom you love. I’m proud to support the
@USCensusBureau and the #2020Census . Respond to the census now at . #shapeyourfuture

○ Why do I support the #2020Census ? The census informs where federal funds go every year for things like our healthcare workers, EMTs and firefighters. Go to now to respond! #shapeyourfuture 

○ The #2020Census counts everyone who lives in the United States. No matter who you are, we all count! Go to now to be counted. @USCensusBureau. #shapeyourfuture

○ There’s still time to shape the future for your community. You can complete the #2020Census now online, by phone, or by mail. Visit 

-- No matter where you call home, the #2020Census is your chance to shape the future of your community. Complete the census today!

○ Complete the #2020Census to help shape the next 10 years for health care and infrastructure. There’s still time to respond! Visit

○ The #2020Census helps direct billions of dollars of funding for things that your community needs, including roads. Complete the census today. Visit

○ Help the schools in our communities when their doors reopen and for the next 10 years by responding to the #2020Census now. You can answer online, by phone, or by mail. Visit

○ The #2020Census informs funding for the services that keep your
community safe and prepared. Complete the census today!

○ Your answers to the #2020Census are safe, secure, and used only toproduce statistics. Learn more at .

Please Help the Neighbors' Fund

Hey, IP!
So far the fund has raised over $10,000!!!! Thanks so much to all who have donated. If you have not donated please consider making a donation this weekend as we'll start taking applications for housing assistance grants on May 5th (TUESDAY).
Applications for housing assistance funds can be accessed on the website
as of Tuesday (and donations accepted at the same address!)
Also - PLEASE HELP us spread the word - please share about the fund on your social media and help us continue to raise funds to help the Pleasantville Food Pantry and our neighbors!