What Does the Census Mean to Your Community?

We’re now fully into census season and, without sounding like a broken record, the results of this census will determine how hundreds of billions of dollars in federal funding flow into communities — like ours — for the next decade.  

Did you know that for each person counted in LA County, almost $2,000 more per year goes towards things like schools, roads, public transportation, and healthcare? 

Those dollars will make a lasting impact, and all it takes is 10 minutes to fill out the survey. So, the most important thing you can do right now is to fill out your 2020 census form at my2020census.gov — but don’t just take our word for it! 

We asked our partners on the ground to share with us why the census is important to them and the communities they work in. Here’s what our partners from Building Skills Partnership and Children’s Institute had to say: 

The 2020 Census matters to my community because…

OUR families depend on it. For the next 10 years, our future will depend on making sure we are ALL counted. Every one of us needs to do our part to ensure we receive the resources that we NEED, to thrive, live, and participate in the decisions that matter most to us. We all belong here — and we all need to be counted and heard.

Itzel Maganda Chavez, Building Skills Partnership

The census is important because it has helped us provide the resources we need and deserve, and has also brought new businesses and jobs which have contributed to the growth of my community. The census has shown me how much everyone in my community counts.

Raul Aguirre, Children’s Institute (CII) Community Affairs Specialist

Para mí, es importante llenar el censo porque mi familia y yo contamos. De esta manera contribuyo a estos fondos. Al hacerme contar, se que podríamos obtener programas gratis o de bajo costo, como programas de comida en las escuelas para nuestro niños, servicios para personas de la tercera edad y entre muchos otros.”

Blanca Gonzales, CII Census Outreach Ambassador, Gonzaque Resident

El ser contado en el censo hace una gran diferencia. En el 2010 mucha gente no fue contada y estos fondos se perdieron para la comunidad de Watts.

Isabella Quintanilla, CII Census Outreach Ambassador, Gonzaque resident

Para mí es muy importante el censo. Todas las personas nos hagámos contar y con contarnos podemos recibir dinero que es necesario para la comunidad de Watts.

Elsa Berrones, CII Census Outreach Ambassador, Gonzaque resident  

If you haven’t already, fill out your 2020 Census online at my2020census.gov, over the phone, or by mail. It takes just 10 minutes to make a lasting impact in your community for the next 10 years.