Make sure you are counted...

Friday 24 July 2020

Dear members and allies:

Census participation is crucial for the advancement of our communities and the wellbeing of our families. Participation can have a profound impact on the access to programs that older adults in our society have. Medicare being one of the top federal funded programs that rely on Census data to help determine funding.  

Today we'd like to encourage all our members, friends and allies to help inform our community's elderly about why census participation is so important, and guide or help them fill out the 2020 Census questionnaire. 

It is important that these individuals know why participating in this national headcount is crucial: 


  • A large number of government programs, focused on the well-being of our elderly population, get funding based on census results. 

  • When people respond to the census questionnaire they help their community get a fair share of the $675 billion per year that will be allocated to important programs and projects. 

  • Part of the $675 billion is destined to Medicare, which is one of the largest and most important federal programs for our nation's senior community. 

  • Census participation can also ensure economic resources for other - smaller yet very important -programs for senior adults, among them: the Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) which helps our 55+ population get back into the workforce after being unemployed. AARP is one of the non-profit organizations that use SCSEP funding for employment preparation and job search assistance. 

  • The Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP). Each month, SFMNP distributes small stipends to 800,000 people, age 60 and older from low-income households to buy locally grown produce. Fresh vegetables and fruits are key to a healthy diet and it is critical that they have access to this program!

  • The Enhanced Mobility of Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities, which focuses on community necessities such as wheelchair lifts, ramps, or even shuttles that pick up those individuals who cannot walk to the bus/train station. 

Previous generations have worked hard for us, and those who come after us, to be able to advance and thrive. The census plays a key role in reassuring their work has paid off and that they will be taken care of! Let’s make the best out of this census and COUNT THEM ALL. 

Help a senior citizen or older adult take the census questionnaire today! 


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