Community Resource Center committed to ensuring a complete and accurate count in Colorado for the 2020 Census. We adapted our nationally-recognized model for nonpartisan civic engagement from the Participation Project, to partner with human service nonprofits and provide, trainings, support, tools, and strategies to engage Hard to Count communities, increase the self-response rate, and ensure a complete and accurate count.

Our human service nonprofit partners played a critical role in ensuring a complete count. Communities that are traditionally undercounted include: low income families, renters, immigrants, rural residents, people of color, people experiencing homelessness, older adults, refugees, and young children. Members of these communities that are often undercounted, are often the most effected by inequitable distribution of federal funds. Human service nonprofits have relationships with these communities and served as trusted messengers to share the importance of participation.

About the 2020 Census

The Census is a population count that happens every 10 years in the US and is the foundation for all data in the US for the next decade. Policy leaders, businesses, schools, health care facilities, and philanthropy all use and rely on Census data to make important decisions for our communities. Programs such as Medicaid, CHIP, SNAP and highway planning and repairs all receive funding based on Census data. In addition, Census data determines Colorado’s political representation and how many congressional districts we have in the House of Representatives.

All responses to the Census are confidential and protected by law.

Partnerships

Together We Count provided us with invaluable support through access to trainings, information and resources to strengthen our outreach efforts.

TWC is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, short-term project-based organization committed to supporting grassroots and nonprofit organizations in their Census outreach efforts to ensure complete participation in Colorado for the 2020 Census. https://www.togetherwecount.org/

2020 Census Resources

We want to ensure we learn from our efforts to build on for future years. View the below list of resources to learn more about Census outreach strategies and how we reached communities across Colorado.

  • Residence Criteria–Everyone should be counted once and only once. This fact sheet will help determine who should be counted on your form.
  • Self-Response Rate Map – Starting March 20, 2020 you will be able to see response rates in ‘nearly’ real time and identify communities that are slow to respond.
  • Questionnaire Assistance– There are many resources to assist you in filling out your Census form. This guide covers all questions about questionnaire assistance from timelines, to language and media support with links to tutorials for completing your form online.
  • The Do’s and Don’ts for helping others with their Census Form– This fact sheet outlines the protocols for ensuring the confidentiality and safety of information when partners are supporting their community members to fill out the Census.
  • Community Outreach Toolkit– A quick guide to making your Census outreach impactful.

  • Language Guides for the Census– There are language guides in 59 different languages with step-by-step directions on how to fill out the Census form.
  • ELL/ Adult ESL Activates– These educator guides and activities will help engage English language learners in understanding the importance of the Census and how it benefits communities.
  • 2020 Census Taglines– Access 2020 Census Bureau taglines and logos in 12 different languages.
  • Hagase Contar – Hagase Contar is part of the NALEO Education Fund and is committed to ensuring a complete count of Latinos and everyone living in the US. Visit their website to learn more and access resources.

  • Why the 2020 Census Matters for Rural America – Learn more about how the Census will impact our rural communities and help our national government understand their community needs in this full report by The Census Project.
  • Counting Rural America – Learn more about the procedures in place by the Census Bureau to ensure a complete count of rural communities.

Counting Older Adults (65+)

  • Older Adults and the 2020 Census – Learn what barriers exist for our aging community to participate in the 2020 census in this piece by the National Council on Aging.
  • Respond to the Census by Phone – We know many people in the aging community do not have reliable access to internet. Use this step-by-step guide to respond to the census by phone.

Counting Children

  • Sesame Street videos and print materials– Children under 5 are historically undercounted. Sesame Street Workshop has created fun posters and videos to help engage children and their families in the Census.
  • Early Childhood Census Toolkit– This toolkit was compiled by the Education and Youth Subcommittee of the Colorado’s Complete Count Campaign to help providers and families have accurate information about young children and the Census.

Counting Those Experiencing Homelessness

Resources for LGBTQ+ Communities

  • 2020 Census: LGBTQ+–The US Census Bureau has a variety of resources and fact sheets on best practices and the importance of engaging the LGBTQ+ community.

  • National LGBTQ Task Force CO Fact Sheet–The Center for American Progress and the LGBTQ+ Task Force created a two-page information piece specific to engaging the LGBTQ+ Colorado community in the 2020 Census.

  • Making Sense of the Census–Hear thoughts from the National LGBTQ+ Task Force on navigating difficult questions around gender identity and sexual orientation on the Census form.

For more information, please contact:

Alex McHenry,  Community Engagement Program Manager
303.623.1540 X160 or email hidden; JavaScript is required