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PdN Complete Count Committee Launches New Programs to Reach Hard-To-Count Communities in El Paso

May 18, 2020

The Paso del Norte Complete Count Committee has partnered with Rep. César Blanco’s office, NALEO, ELP County, the League of Women Voters and more to train local volunteers for a Census Phone Banking program. Volunteers will be trained to call El Pasoans in hard-to-count (HTC) communities and ask if they have completed the Census, answer questions, and schedule appointments with the US Census Bureau, as needed. The Phone Banking program will help reach El Pasoans who do not have smartphones, and will not be reached via the Text Message Program. Organizations and community members are encouraged to sign up to become a phone banking volunteer on our United Way Portal: http://www.volunteerelpaso.org/agency/detail/?agency_id=98268 The CCC is seeking bilingual volunteers, however, anyone with interest is encouraged to sign up. If you would like to participate and have any questions about the Phone Banking Program, please reach out to Kim at Kim@TaylorCollective.com for more information.

In addition, the CCC is gathering contact lists from partner organizations, such as ESC Region 19 Head Start, to send Census Text Messages to El Pasoans in areas with low Census self-response rates. The CCC is also working with school districts to reach parents in HTC communities by providing facts about the importance of the Census in El Paso, and providing information to call and complete the Census - (844) 330-2020 (English) or (844) 468-2020 (Spanish) - or take the Census online at My2020Census.gov Text messages will be sent in English and Spanish to ensure all El Pasoans understand why their household needs to be counted in the 2020 Census. If your workplace, organization, or neighborhood association would like to support this program by providing contact lists, please reach out to Micayla at Micayla@TaylorCollective.com for more information.

The Complete Count Committee (CCC) is an organization of over 100 elected officials, nonprofit and community organizations, local businesses, and community members dedicated to ensuring a complete 2020 Census count for El Paso County. If not counted accurately, El Paso County would feel a loss of over $15,710 in federal dollars per person, over the next 10 years. This includes critical funding for hospitals, health centers, roads, schools and more.

Would your organization, workplace, or association like to become part of the Complete Count Committee, and help ensure a complete count for El Paso County? Please email Micayla at Micayla@TaylorCollective.com to receive a link to join the committee. Together, Fearless, We Count!

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