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Announcements brought to you by Cultural Bridges of St. Joseph, a committee of Central Minnesota Community Empowerment Organization. We are dedicated to ease your transition into our community.
by Ron Pagnucco
The Central Minnesota Community Empowerment Organization/Cultural Bridges (CMCEO/CB) is a member of the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits (MCN) and a participant in MCN’s 2020 Census: Nonprofits CountcCampaign. We want to share this important information from the MCN Campaign with our readers. We also provide a link for a guide in Somali for completing the Census form (there is also a guide in Spanish at the same link). If anyone needs help in filling out the census, as a nonprofit CMCEO/CB is allowed to provide that help – just send an email to Ron Pagnucco at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will arrange for assistance in Somali or Spanish. All the information on the census form is kept confidential by the U.S. government – no one includes their name on the Census form and there are only a few questions about number of household members, their ages, etc. so there will be an accurate count of the number of people living in the area. CMCEO/CB volunteers also pledge to keep the information confidential.
It is very important to remember the census is a vehicle for equity and inclusion and ensuring fair political representation and distribution of resources in our communities. We are all stronger when communities are using their voice to help shape the systems that impact them every day.
To ensure a fair and accurate 2020 census, and to protect the health and safety of U.S. Census Bureau employees and the public, the U.S. Census Bureau announced that Self-Response (such as completing the 2020 Census form online or completing a paper questionnaire and mailing it back to the Census Bureau) is now extended to Aug. 14.
Frequently asked questions
Where can you complete the census?
You can complete the census online at my2020census.gov, on the phone (844-330-2020) or respond by mail.
Most households received a census invitation in March that includes a 12-digit code unique to each address. Use this code to start completing your census. If a household has misplaced the 12-digit code they can still complete the census by selecting “I don’t have a 12-digit census code” on the online platform.
The census is available in 13 languages online and on the phone (find the different language phone lines on the census bureau website).
How long does it take to complete the census?
The census has 4 questions for the entire household and six question per person. On average the census takes less than 10 minutes to complete.
Do I need a Census ID to complete the census?
No, you do not need a census ID to complete the census. There is an “I don’t have a Census ID” option via the online form, you will have to provide your address instead.
What happens if you don’t answer all of the questions on the census?
While you can submit a census form having not completed one or two of the prompts, we encourage everyone to fill out as many questions as they can as it may result in a follow up phone call or visit from a census enumerator.
Can a nonprofit worker help a person fill out their census?
Yes, you can help someone fill out their census as long as you disclose that you do not work for the U.S. Census Bureau, therefore the information they share with you is not protected under Title 13.
2020 Census in Somali – guide to completing form
We are still trying to have a children’s soccer season with CMYSA and St. Joseph Park and Recreation. We are now planning for the season to start July 6. We will not do any registration for it until we know that it is going forward. Keep checking here for updates.
If you have any questions, please contact Juliana Howard at 715-791-8976 or Jamal Elmi at 320-310-2351.