Census 2020: How you can help

Jenny Garmon with the Kansas City Public Library helps conduct a census partner training in Overland Park, Kansas.

With only 50 days remaining until Census Day on April 1, 2020, local government and community leaders are ramping up efforts to increase awareness that completing the census is safe, easy and important.  

MARC and members of Kansas City Regional Complete Count Committee are partnering with representatives from the U.S. Census Bureau to offer census trainings to government, community and business leaders across the metro.

The trainings offer an in-depth look at the questions asked on the 2020 census, how the census will invite everyone to respond, the timeline and how community-based, faith-based and non-profit organizations can help the public, especially hard-to-count populations, complete the survey.

An accurate count is vitally important to cities and states. Census data is used to allocate hundreds of billions of federal dollars each decade. An undercount of only 1 percent could cost the Kansas City region more than $48 million per year.

Two upcoming partner trainings will take place on Friday, Feb. 14 in Independence and Wed., Feb. 19 in Liberty.  To sign up for one of these trainings, contact Catherine Couch at ccouch@marc.org

Community organizations that would like to become census partners are encouraged to complete this brief survey.  To learn more about census outreach efforts across the region, visit Census2020KC.org.