Call to Action: Census 2020

 
The Knights of Peter Claver and Ladies Auxiliary is encouraging its membership to participate in the Faith Communities Census Weekend of Action March 27 - 29, 2020. 
 

As notifications for the 2020 Census begin arriving in the mail over the next few weeks, we are asking our members and units to help get the word out to their family, friends, and associates through emails blasts, social media posts, e-newsletters, and other communication means.   Please download the Census 2020 Toolkit and the Faith Communities Action Guide to assist.

The current pandemic challenges and forthcoming sustainability and recovery efforts highlight the need and urgency to have accurate and complete statistics especially from the communities we serve.

Census data helps to guide decisions at the national, state, tribal, and local levels - from congressional representation to the annual allocation of more than 675 billion dollars.  The data also impacts funding for vital programs such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program; Section 8 Housing; Pell Grants; the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children; Temporary Assistance for Needy Families; the Children’s Health Insurance Program; and many others.  These programs are essential to the well-being of our families, our faith community, and our neighbors. 

The Census seeks to count every person living in the United States as of April 1 - regardless of where they are from, why they are here, and whether or not they are documented. When completing census forms, everyone living in each home as of the April 1 date needs to be counted.  It has never been easier to respond - whether online, over the phone, or by mail - all without having to meet a census taker.

We challenge each Court and Council to help spread the work of “everyone is counted”.  To learn more about “who to count”, visit www.2020census.gov/en/who-to-count 

PLEASE NOTE: The Census Bureau will never ask for your Social Security number, bank or credit card account numbers, money or donations, or anything on behalf of a political party.  The Census Bureau has a robust cyber security program that incorporates industry best practices and federal security standards for encrypting data.

Respond to the 2020 Census today! Visit www.2020Census.gov to learn more.

The Knights of Peter Claver and Ladies Auxiliary was founded in 1909 – just 46 years after the end of legal slavery – our seven founders stared down the barrels of social and economic injustices, systemic racism, and outright hatred for people of color and formed what would become the largest and oldest historically Black Catholic lay fraternity in the world.  Today we have over 17,000 members across the United States.