While the recent Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic took the world by storm, throwing everything off including the cancellation of annual events such as the NCAA basketball tournament known as “March Madness”; what the health crisis didn’t stop is the decennial 2020 Census.
This federal program is critical to the dispersement of funds and government resources that affect the day-to-day lives of residents in cities, townships and counties all across the country. The roll-out for this year’s Census count was planned to start on March 12th with a mailed invitation for self-response sent to households across the nation, followed by April 1st Census Day in America and a May 1st deadline for people to self-respond before having to be met by Cenus Bureau officials making visits to your household upwards of three times until the information was filled out. And while many of those things still happened, under the shadows of the overarching news coverage of the Coronavirus, the sudden national health crisis did push some dates back a few weeks, or even months.
But the overall message remains the same: you NEED to fill-out this critically important information in order for you, your family and your community to be counted. What does that mean? It means that for every person not counted over $18,000 is lost in federal funding for that community, and each person includes babies (newborns included), young children, couch-surfing friends with no fixed address and seniors. This is why DMVDailyNews is making a push to ensure that EVERY PERSON IS COUNTED IN 2020 – especially in the DMV region.
In Baltimore, officials have launched a fun and incentived-filled challenge for those who share the Census information with their friends and family on their social media networks, known as the #BmoreCensusChallenge. This effort calls on area residents to post a Census 2020 themed picture or meme with the hashtag #bmorecensuschallenge to their social media page(s). You need to tag at least three friends, but more is better, while also tagging the Baltimore Planning department on the post (@BaltPlan on IG and @BaltimorePlanning on Facebook).
Whoever gets the most likes, the most shares, produces the funniest and/or most interesting posts during the month of April, will be eligible to win great prizes such as $75 Amazon Grocery Gift Cards, or gift cards to your local grocery store like Giant or Safeway. There will also be prizes for both English and non-English posts, to ensure that our immigrant community is also counted, and informed of this critical information. Full contest rules can be found by clicking on the following link: https://census2020.baltimorecity.gov/bmorecensuschallenge-live-social-media
However, before you do that, please go over to the Census 2020 website and fill-out your Census information. It takes less than 10-minutes in most cases, and since we seem to have nothing but time these days during this era of social distancing and stay-at-home orders, why not make sure that you and your family are COUNTED; and that your community gets the necessary resources it needs in the years to come. And when you post your #BmoreCensusChallenge posts on social media, or tell folks about this important information, make sure you tell them that your man #MrPolitics let you know, or tag me on IG/Twitter/Facebook #MrPolitics as well as DMVDaily @DMVDailyNews – this will give you a better opportunity to win the great prizes being offered up.
Become a #CensusChampion today, by filling out your Census2020 information here at: https://2020census.gov
For more information specifically around the Census in Baltimore City, including the #bmorecensuschallenge and important phone numbers and web addresses related to the Census, go to: https://census2020.baltimorecity.gov