As you may have heard in recent news, the 2020 Census will end its efforts on September 30, 2020.

If our community is not counted before that day, we will lose millions in potential funding to help our community grow within the next 10 years.

Just like voting, participating in the U.S. Census is crucial for our democracy. Equally important, voter registration is at an all-time low in our community. Therefore, I would like your help in getting your staff to participate in the census and voter registration before the deadline.

Due to COVID-19, participating at events and face to face meetings is difficult. We have decided, with help from the U.S. Census, to provide our partners with a toolkit that can help them promote voter registration and the census to their staff and clients.

Within our toolkit, you can find links and downloadable content to get your employees to register to vote. They can even request a voter registration form from the Texas Secretary of State to be mailed to their homes.

Also, the RGV Census Ambassador Scholarship is offering a scholarship opportunity to all students currently enrolled in high school, vocational school, college, or university that show proof that they filled out the 2020 Census.

Less than 50% of the population in the Rio Grande Valley has completed the census. We believe that this scholarship opportunity will help incentivize people who have not done it yet; however, we need your help spreading this message to youremployees and their families. Please help us by forwarding this message to your staff or any organization that will benefit from it. Our goal is to make sure everyone gets counted and is ready for the Fall 2020 Elections.

Please click the link to view our digital toolkit and access resources regarding voter registration, the 2020 Census, and information on the Census Scholarship opportunity: Civic Engagement Toolkit.

Editor’s Note: The above guest column was penned by Carlos W. Martinez, database outreach manager for the Advocacy Alliance Center of Texas, a nonprofit, non-partisan organization based in the Rio Grande Valley. The column appears in The Rio Grande Guardian with the permission of the author.


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