If you could impact the future of your community and people in a few, short minutes, what would you do? Spend a few minutes teaching a child something new, caring for elders, visiting with your family? In March 2010, you can make a difference in your community by participating in the 2010 Census – and it will only take a few minutes.
The census is a count of everyone in the United States, including people of all ages, races and ethnic groups. By participating in the 2010 Census, native people can use their voice to tell people who they are and what their communities need. It’s important that everyone participate in the census, because census data are used to determine representation at all levels of government as well as determine essential community services for your area, your family and your future, including:
- The need for health care facilities and nursing homes
- Development of roads
- Determination of new schools and housing options
One of the shortest census forms in history, the 2010 Census form asks 10 questions and takes only minutes to complete. The majority of households will receive a form by mail in March 2010. However, special procedures will be used on many Indian reservations, in Alaska Native villages and in other rural or remote counties where homes do not have city-style addresses with a number and street name. In these areas, members of the community working with the Census Bureau will visit homes to help you fill out the form and take an accurate count. They are only asking for a small amount of time, so please speak with them. Your participation in the 2010 Census is vital.
Participating in the census is easy, important and safe. By law, the Census Bureau cannot share respondents’ answers with anyone including tribal housing authorities, other federal agencies and law enforcement entities. All Census Bureau employees take the oath of nondisclosure and are sworn for life to protect the confidentiality of the data. The penalty for unlawful disclosure is a fine of up to $250,000 or imprisonment of up to five years, or both.
For more information, visit 2010census.gov.