Looking for something to do while you wait out the coronavirus pandemic at home?
Well, those census surveys aren’t going to fill themselves out. In fact, that friendly census-taker you were expecting to show up at your door to help you isn’t going to be stopping by in the foreseeable future, either.
According to this news release from the US Census Bureau, field operations have been suspended for the next two weeks (until April 1) – and, I believe, that suspension is likely to be extended until concerns over “community spread” are addressed. But even though the door-to-door operation has been delayed, that doesn’t mean you can’t do your part to make sure Riverdale gets fully counted this census year.
As of March 18th, over eleven million Americans had already completed the census online – and you can do the same. According to the bureau:
The public is strongly encouraged to respond to the 2020 Census online using a desktop computer, laptop, smartphone, or tablet, and can also respond by phone or mail. Everyone should respond to the 2020 Census as soon as they receive their invitation — and when they’re finished, they can make sure their friends, families and social networks know about the importance of responding.
It has never been easier to respond to the census, and the 2020 Census will count everyone accurately. We recognize that many people plan to access the 2020 Census through other response modes, such as phone or paper, which is why the 2020 Census has such a nimble design.
It’s vitally important to the City (and to the State of Iowa) that everyone participate in this year’s census. The answers you give today will affect federal and state funding for Riverdale for the next ten years – and we need all the help we can get.
Even if you can only help from home.