May 13, 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:
Social Media Thunderclap- Thurs, May 14

Join AgeOptions in conjunction with Forefront to participate in a Social Media Thunderclap!  Thursday, May 14th from 2:30-3:30pmTo participate, use this  Thunderclap social media toolkit  from Forefront, or share or retweet posts from AgeOptions. Remember to include the website  and hashtags #MakeILCount, #ILCountMeIn2020, #ILOlderAdultsCount.

Not Too Late Flyer -AgeOptions has a flyer to encourage people that there is still time to complete the 2020 Census online and over the phone.

Help Us Count Flyer - AgeGuide created this flyer for use during COVID-19 shelter in place)

In case you missed our call on 5/12, click HERE for the recording.

For these resources and more, visit our Aging Network 2020 Census Resource webpage:
Upcoming Calls
AgeOptions will host webinars for professionals in the Aging Network to call in with questions about the 2020 Census or their outreach efforts.

Date and Time
Click on the date to register for our webinars!

For the months of August and September we will host monthly calls- Dates TBD

Maps and Response Rates
  • The response rate map shows current rates and can be found HERE.
  • UIC’s mapping tool has been updated, and it allows you to see and utilize more details and data, and can be found HERE .

Potential Additional Paper Form Mailings
  • We have heard that certain areas in Chicago and possibly Elgin are being mailed an additional paper form, a 6th mailing, for people who have not yet completed the 2020 Census.
  • it is unclear what Census tracts or areas received this mailing, if we know more we will update.

Tips for Census Outreach During COVID-19
  • add a Census message to the background of your vitual meetings (e.g.Zoom)
  • Phone Banking
  • Post yard signs that localize the Census message
  • Ombudsman
  • Be sure to reach out to them! They can follow-up with long-term care facility administrators and help connect them with the Census Bureau.
  • Census Car Caravan
  • ICIRR painted cars, hung signs and played music to create a car parade and spread the Census message through the streets of Pillsen. Read more HERE
  • Encourage people to tell a friend or family member


Reporting Reminders

For PSA 13 agencies receiving Census funding from AgeOptions and for the other AAAs in Illinois receiving IDOA funding, thank you for your April reports! on the 5/12 call, Lucia reviewed these reporting reminders:
  • if you write numbers in the narrative section but do not report them in the grid, the activity is not counted. Make sure you add these in numbers and activities to the grid to count.Further details may be written out in the narrative
  • Be sure to include social media postings and reach. If you need help pulling this data, reach out to Lucia
  • Enter only numbers in the grid lines so the form can calculate your numbers properly
  • Columns M,N,and O are about Questionnaire Assistance. These columns are to capture how many people you helped fill out the Census, this number should be different from the total number of people reached. Questionnaire Assistance includes taking people through the online or paper form on the phone or connecting them to the hotline for the Census.

Click HERE for the reporting form. If you have any questions about the reporting form, please let us know.