April 8, 2020
Welcome to this week's installment of our Aging Network 2020 Census Newsletter where we to share Census resources, updates and reminders. Be sure to bookmark our resource page: ageoptions.org/gallery/2020Census/

New Resources

New Materials:

Check Your Mail Flyer -AgeOptions has a new flyer to encourage people who have not yet completed the Census to check their mail. Please use this flyer April 8-22.

For these resources and more, visit our Aging Network 2020 Census Resource webpage: http://ageoptions.org/gallery/2020Census/
Upcoming Calls
AgeOptions is hosting an open call for professionals in the Aging Network to call in with questions about the 2020 Census or their outreach efforts.
Conference Call information:
Dates and Time:
  • April 14 at 1:00pm CT
  • April 21 at 1:00pm CT
  • April 28 at 1:00pm CT

  • Self Response Rate: (as of 3/25/2020): 
  • Illinois was the #8 state in terms of self-response rate with 49.8% response rate Let’s keep up the great work!
  • See Response rates by state, county and more: HERE
  • See how Illinois compares to other states: HERE
  • Note: Trout Valley, Illinois in McHenry County is the #3 city in the country for response rate. 


  • Mailing Schedule-Paper Form
The U.S. Census Bureau will mail a paper questionnaire to people who have not yet completed their Census beginning this Wednesday, April 8 (see the mailing schedule on page 2: HERE )
  • For most people, this is the only time the paper form will be mailed to them. Certain Census tracts received a paper form in the initial mailing that went out March 12. When Census takers are in the community beginning in late May, they will also leave a paper form behind. At any time, people can complete online or by phone. 
  • To read more about the paper questionnaire and the envelope it comes in, see HERE
  • Remember that the paper form is only mailed in English or Spanish/English.(The envelope always has English and Spanish.)  For other languages, the Census Bureau provides language guides that can be printed HERE

  • AgeOptions is partnering with Mather Lifeways for their Telephone Topics programs to help reduce social isolation and inform seniors and the community in general. In April, we are offering four Census talks through Telephone Topics. Flyer coming soon.

Call-in number: (855) 880.1246 
Meeting ID: 386 399 7030#

  • 2020 Census Part 1: What It Asks and Why It Matters
  • Monday, 4/27/2020 - 9:30-10:00 am
  • Every ten years, every person living in the U.S. is counted in the decennial Census. Join us for Part 1 to learn why the 2020 Census matters and how you can be sure you, your loved ones and your community are counted this year.

  • 2020 Census Part 2: Why Faith Communities Encourage a Complete Count
  • Tuesday 4/28/2020 - 2:30- 3:00 pm
  • Every ten years, every person living in the U.S. is counted in the decennial Census. Join us to learn what faith communities and people of faith are doing to encourage a complete count in the Census and why it matters.

  • 2020 Census Part 3: How to Spot a Census Scam
  • Wednesday, 4/29/2020 - 11:00-11:30 am
  • Every ten years, every person living in the U.S. is counted in the decennial Census. Scammers never stop scamming. Learn how to spot a Census scam and what you can do to be sure that you and your neighbors and loved ones don’t fall for a scam.

  • Por que es importante completar el Censo del 2020.
  • Thursday, 4/30/2020 - 1:00 - 1:30 pm
  • Aprenda el por que es importante completar el Censo del 2020 y como es importante contar a toda su familia. (Presentacion sera en Espanol).(English Translation: “2020 Census: Why It Matters - Learn why the 2020 Census matters to the Spanish-speaking community and how you can be sure you and your loved ones are counted this year. (Presented in Spanish.)”

  • Remind people that completing the Census is something that can be done while at home during this shelter in place order. Completing online, over the phone or waiting for the paper questionnaire in the mail can all be done without direct in-person contact.

  • Don't forget that you get counted too!
  • Stay Well Everyone!