FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
New York, NY - With just over one week left for households to mail back their 2010 Census forms, hundreds of volunteers across the New York metro area plan to participate in “March to the Mailbox” parades, marches, walks, rallies and motorcades on Saturday and Sunday, April 10-11, 2010 – to remind people that it’s not too late to mail back their forms and be counted.
The grassroots outreach, led by census partners, volunteers and local residents, are being held nationwide in neighborhoods with low mail participation rates. In the New York metro area, events will span the 5 boroughs: from Flatbush, Brooklyn to Far Rockaway, Queens, from Grand Concourse, and from Harlem to Staten Island, and more. Events will spread across North Jersey as well, from multiple events in Newark and Jersey City, from Plainfield to West New York, from Dover to Palisades Park, and more.
During the events, volunteers will come together at cultural centers, parks, street locations, town halls, schools and more, to remind everyone that it is not too late to mail back their 2010 Census form.
“This is a great example of neighbors working together to ensure that communities in the New York City area get their fair share of federal dollars for roads, schools and other important community services, as well as congressional representation,” U.S. Census Bureau NY Regional Director Lester A. Farthing said. “For those who have not yet responded, we ask that you join your neighbors and mail back your easy-to-complete, 10 question census form today.”
The “March to the Mailbox” is one final effort to boost mail back rates in hard-to-count communities before personal visits to non-responding households start May 1. Households have until April 16 to mail back their form, as the Census Bureau must begin preparing to train temporary census workers to obtain census responses in person from households that did not reply.
The Census Bureau saves about $85 million in operational costs for every percentage point increase in the nation’s participation rate by mail. If every household completed and mailed back their census form, taxpayers could reduce the cost of taking the census and save $1.5 billion. In 2000, the nation reversed a three-decade decline in mail response rates and saved $305 million. Nationwide, currently 65 percent of households have mailed back their census forms. In 2000, the final mail participation rate was 72 percent.
The Census Bureau has created tools to help communities track their census participation through a campaign that is urging everyone to “Take 10” minutes to fill out and mail back their form. The Take 10 Challenge Map on the 2010 Census Web site shows the daily participation rates, giving users the option to download and embed a local rate tracker “widget” on their own Web site.
All census responses are confidential. Answers are protected by law and cannot be shared with anyone. Extreme measures are taken to protect the identity of individuals and businesses. By law, the Census Bureau cannot share respondents’ individually identifiable answers with anyone, including housing authorities, other federal agencies and law enforcement entities.
If you did not receive a Census form or cannot locate it, visit: www.2010census.gov/take10map/ to find a “Be Counted” site in your neighborhood, where forms are available. Or, call the Telephone Questionnaire Assistance Center at 1-866-872-6868 for help.
ABOUT THE 2010 CENSUS
The 2010 Census is a count of everyone living in the United States and is mandated by the U.S. Constitution. Census data are used to apportion congressional seats to states, to distribute more than $400 billion in federal funds to tribal, state and local governments each year and to make decisions about what community services to provide. The 2010 Census form is one of the shortest in U.S. history, consisting of 10 questions, taking about 10 minutes to complete. Strict confidentiality laws protect the respondents and the information they provide.