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Kicking Off the Countdown to the 2010 Census

US Census LogoClick here to visit the U.S. Census Bureau's 2010 Census website.

 

With the 2010 Census quickly approaching, Fall River has formed a Complete Count Committee to ensure the City's complete participation in the Census.

Mayor Robert Correia, Kathleen Ludgate, Boston Census Bureau's Regional Director and Elizabeth S. Camara, Interim Board of Election Commissioner and Committee Chair today announced Fall River's Complete Count Committee.

The committee consists of community and government leaders devoted to spreading knowledge of the 2010 Census. The Complete Count Committee will incorporate local knowledge, influence and resources to educate Fall River residence on the importance of getting an accurate count in the 2010 Census.

"A count within our city is not only important in determining how many Congressmen are going to represent us in Washington D.C.," Mayor Robert Correia said. "While that is important, what is critically important to us is the daily count when we are looking…for money to operate our community. The number of people in a community is critically important to that process. The higher your population is, the more funds you can get for your community."

The Committee includes leaders from Community Development Recreation, Health First Family Center, Fall River Career Center, Fall River Chamber of Commerce, Fall River Housing Board, Fall River Public Schools, Department of Housing and Residence Life at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, Student Life at Bristol Community College, the City's Planning and Assessing divisions as well as members of the media and interested citizens.

The Secretary of State's office will be holding a Complete Count technical workshop at Bristol Community College on Wednesday, October 14th from 2 to 4 p.m. to provide information to the Complete Count Committee.

"The workshop will take place at BCC and the workshop will provide the committee with specific guidance, informing the committee and developing successful strategies to heighten awareness about the importance of the Census," Elizabeth S. Camara said.

The 2010 Census is a count of everyone living in the United States and is mandated by the U.S. Constitution. Census data are used to distribute Congressional seats to states, to distribute more than $400 billion in federal funds to state and local governments like the City of Fall River each year, and to make decisions about what community services to provide.

The 2010 Census questionnaire will be one of the shortest in history and consists of 10 questions, taking about 10 minutes to complete.

Strict confidentiality laws protect the confidentiality of respondents and the information they provide.

"We know there are some concerns regarding the Census," Kathleen Ludgate, the Regional Director for the Census said. "There is fear among some the residents here in Fall River--concerns about that immigration status, concerns about the Census being used by law enforcement. I'm here to say to you today that it is safe to participate in the Census," she added.

Fall River Complete Count Committee Members


Elizabeth Camara, Acting Chairperson, Board of Elections, Complete Count Committee Chair

Frank Baptista, Rádio Voz do Emigrante

Raul Benevides, Açores/Madeira Despertar

Pamela Davis, City of Fall River, Department of Financial Services, Assessor Division

Paula Harrison, Health First Family Center

James Hartnett, City of Fall River, Department of Community Services, Planning Division

Meg Mayo-Brown, Fall River Public Schools

Dan McDonald, Fall River Housing Authority

Donna Miranda, Community activist

Lucinda Poudrier-Aaronson, Department of Housing and Residence Life, UMass Dartmouth

Douglas Rebello, Fall River Chamber of Commerce

John Sbrega, Bristol Community College

Jamison Souza, Community Development Recreation

Joseph L. Viana, Fall River Career Center

Key 2010 Census dates:

March

Postal Service delivers census questionnaires

April
Census day. Questionnaires are due back.

May to July
Census takers will follow up with households that did not return questionnaires

December 31

U.S. Census Bureau delivers counts to the president

For more information about the 2010 Census, go to 2010census.gov.