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To: All Clergy and Religious, Bulletin Editors, Parish/School Communications, Social Action Ministers, and Intercultural Ministers
From: Kat Doyle, Director of Justice & Peace Ministries; Office of Life, Dignity and Justice
Bishop Joel Konzen recently signed a Resolution creating a Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Atlanta Census 2020 Complete Count Committee Campaign to plan and conduct local education initiatives, publicity and promotional activities to increase parish community awareness and participation in the 2020 Census.
The 2020 Census is fast approaching and parishes can play a key role in this important effort. The U.S. Constitution requires a complete count of the nation’s population every 10 years. Census data impacts decisions at the national, state, tribal and local levels—from congressional representation to the annual allocation of more than $675 billion. These resources are essential to the well-being of all of our neighbors, supporting schools, hospitals, emergency services, and more.
Complete Count Committee Parishes educate their communities about the 2020 Census and encourage households to fill out their census forms. They help make sure that everyone living in the United States is counted once, and only once, and in the right place, including reaching hard-to-count members in the community. Parishes in communities that have historically been undercounted have the opportunity to help ensure that much needed and deserved federal funds reach them.
A Census Bureau Representative will work with your parish and we will provide resources that make it easy to help, including social media posts; handouts and posters; and e-mail, bulletin and newsletter content. For more information or to participate in the Complete Count Committee Campaign, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. A copy and a photo of the signed Resolution are attached.