January 22, 2020
Welcome to our second Aging Network 2020 Census Newsletter. In this email, you'll find links to our most recent webinars, tips for your 2020 Census outreach and other information. We are adding to our webpage, so be sure to bookmark: ageoptions.org/gallery/2020Census/

Reminder: We are collecting feedback on our 2020 Census presentation ( PowerPoint). If you have given this presentation in your community, share feedback with us, using this form. Send feedback by Friday, January 30.

We will be sending emails like this to keep you connected to our outreach efforts. Please use these resources and reach out to us for support.

Reaching Low-Income, Racial & Ethnic Minority, and Spanish-Speaking Communities (1/21)

For these resources and more, visit our Aging Network 2020 Census Resource webpage: http://ageoptions.org/gallery/2020Census/
Upcoming Webinars

January 28, 2020 1-2pm CST

We are currently working on the February schedule, but we are planning to host webinars every Tuesday at 1 pm CST.
Why Is the Census Important to Illinois and Your Community

  • Understanding why the 2020 Census is important may vary based on your audience.
  • For example, in this week's webinar, we learned that research on messaging found that for African Americans, messages about making a difference in their community resonated the most. However, for Asian Americans, messages about communities getting their fair share of resources mattered.
  • Both messages are true. They highlight different aspects of the Census. What matters to your audience?
Reminders to Stay Protected

Learn how to identify a Census taker or enumerator. Census takers will:
  • Present an ID badge that includes:
  • Name
  • Photo
  • Department of Commerce watermark
  • Expiration date
  • Carry an official bag and electronic device (like a laptop or smartphone) with the Census Bureau logo
  • Conduct their work between the hours of 9 am and 9 pm local time

You have the right to verify that someone who says they work for the Census Bureau, actually works for the Census Bureau. If you live in Illinois, call the Chicago Regional Office of the Census Bureau to verify that the person at your door is a Census worker:
Helpful Tips

In this week's webinar, guest speakers Liz Wilson and Cristina Diaz shared helpful tips about reaching hard-to-count communities. In general, you should try to:
  • Partner with "Trusted Messengers" in the community. That may be community-based organizations, family members or someone trusted who speaks the language. It may even be your organization.
  • Create peer-to-peer outreach - let someone trusted within your target audience share the message.
  • Understand both the history and present circumstances of hard-to-count communities. People in those communities may be distrustful of the government and history has taught them that this mistrust is warranted. Be respectful of that very real history while also presenting what we know about the 2020 Census.

AgeOptions is maintaining a list of question & answers about the 2020 Census you can view here. We feature select questions here. to see the full list click here , and if you have a question, submit it with this form .

1)Is the 2020 Census available in non-English languages?
  • The 2020 Census is available in English or 12 additional languages online or via phone, including: Spanish, Chinese, Vietnamese, Korean, Russian, Arabic, Tagalog, Polish, French, Haitian Creole, Portuguese, and Japanese.
  • Also, the Census Bureau is providing language guides for 59 non-English languages (includes ASL, braille and large print): 

2.) Will I receive the 2020 Census paper questionnaire in English or Spanish?
  • If you do not respond to the Census online or over the phone, you will be mailed a paper form. When you do receive this paper questionnaire in the mail, it will either be in English or both English and Spanish depending on the Census tract you live in. Visit this website to see a map of which mailing each Census tract will receive.
  • Here is a sample copy of the Census paper form in English and in Spanish/English