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Posted on: September 2, 2020

Citizens have one month left to complete 2020 Census questionnaire

As health officials across the country are concerned with numbers relating to coronavirus, many others are also watching numbers, but these are related to the 2020 Census.  This year’s Census has been unprecedented due to the coronavirus pandemic. Because of this pandemic the Census Bureau has implemented changes to their operations being utilized to ensure the safety of staff and the public while maximizing the number of households responding to the 2020 Census.

Locally, One Joplin, a community based non-profit organization, has partnered with the City of Joplin and the Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce to educated and promote citizens on the significance of having an accurate count.  Ashleigh Mickelthwaite, Executive Director of One Joplin, has coordinated numerous activities to ensure citizens know and participate in this year’s Census.

“This has been a challenging year, to say the least,” said Mickelthwaite. “COVID-19 has impacted the Census throughout the county, including here in southwest Missouri. It’s important to get everyone counted in Joplin and the surrounding areas so we are working hard as we near the deadline of September 30. We encourage everyone to please fill out the Census for their household.”

Census officials It is estimated that a community loses an annual amount of $1,300 for each person not counted in the Census. These dollars reach citizens through numerous programs and services received daily in our community including:

 

  • Child and Adult Care Food Programs
  • School Lunch and Breakfast Programs
  • WIC – Women, Infants and Children Supplemental Nutrition Program
  • Adult Education & Special Education grants
  • Substance Abuse Prevention & Treatment
  • Community Services Block Grants
  • Head Start
  • Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program
  • Special Programs for the Aging
  • HUD Department’s Community Development Block Grants
  • HOME Investment Partnership Programs
  • Labor Department’s Employment Service
  • Unemployment Insurance Program
  • Workforce Investment Act – covering various services
  • Highway Planning and Construction (Federal-aid Highways)

 

Households can still respond to the 2020 Census by going online at 2020census.gov, by phone at 844-330-2020, or by completing and mailing back the paper questionnaire they received.

To help Joplin residents participate in the 2020 Census, Mickelthwaite has organized several community outreach efforts. Volunteers will staff a Census booth at these times and locations:

5-Sep

Sat

Cash Savers Grocery

10:30am - 3:30pm 

8-Sep

Tue

Senior Citizen Center

10:00am - 12:30pm 

9-Sep

Wed

Salvation Army

10:30am - 1:00pm 

11-Sep

Fri

Library

9:30am - 2:00pm 

13-Sep

Sun

God’s Resort

4:30pm - 7:30pm 

14-Sep

Mon

Crosslines

3:00pm - 6:30pm 

19-Sep

Sat

Sal. Army Thrift Store

9:30am - 2:30pm 

23-Sep

Wed

Boys & Girls Club

3:00pm - 6:00pm 

26-Sep

Sat

Joplin Flea Market

7:00am-12:00pm

26-Sep

Sat

Joplin Flea Market

12:00pm - 5:00pm

26-Sep

Sat

Empire Market

9:30am - 2:00pm 

27-Sep

Sun

Parr Hill Park

11:30am - 4:00pm

28-Sep

Mon

Joplin DMV

8:00am - 12:30pm 

29-Sep

Tue

Access Family Care

9:30am - 2:00pm

30-Sep

Wed

Memorial Hall

10:00am - 2:00pm 


Micklethwaite also reminds residents that answers can only be used to produce statistics – they cannot be used against citizens in any way. By law, the Census Bureau cannot share an individual’s responses with anyone, including other federal agencies and law enforcement entities for 72 years.

“Citizens can be assured that their information is confidential. Your responses to the 2020 Census are safe and secure.”

Remember EVERY ONE COUNTS! For more information, visit www.2020Census.gov. Citizens can also contact One Joplin at 417-499-9529 or the City’s Public Information Office at 417-624-0820, ext. 204.

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