The 2020 Census has officially started! Every 10 years, the US counts everyone in the country, regardless of immigration status. When certain segments of communities are undercounted, the entire community misses out on public resources and civic representation. That’s why the IRC in Dallas is becoming engaged with the census as a Community Based Organization.
With help from the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health and the Texas Complete Count Fund at Communities Foundation of Texas, we are focusing on ensuring that the refugee and immigrant community of Vickery Meadows gets counted.
Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, some of our plans have changed but we are still spreading the word and making sure the importance of the census is known.
We are working with local businesses that are still open to get the word out and engaging employers of our families and individuals to remind their staff to fill out the census. Our programs that are able to work remotely like Mental Health and Youth Mentoring are using their contacts in families to make sure that the national form is submitted.
Additionally, we are providing information in the lobby of our building for anyone who drops by, and emailing clients by language group to encourage completion of the census.
As a reminder, the census can be filled out online: https://my2020census.gov/
Or by mail: once you receive the paper form
Or on the phone: Call 844-330-2020 for English or use one of the toll-free language lines listed below:
- Spanish 844-468-2020
- Chinese (Mandarin) 844-391-2020
- Chinese (Cantonese) 844-398-2020
- Vietnamese 844-461-2020
- Korean 844-392-2020
- Russian 844-417-2020
- Arabic 844-416-2020
- Tagalog 844-478-2020
- Polish 844-479-2020
- French 844-494-2020
- Haitian Creole 844-477-2020
- Portuguese 844-474-2020
- Japanese 844-460-2020
- English (Puerto Rico residents) 844-418-2020
- Spanish (Puerto Rico residents) 844-426-2020
- Telephone Display Device (TDD) 844-467-2020