Wednesday, March 10, 2010

I want to count for something

An exciting piece of mail arrived yesterday. No, not my 2010 Census form. But, a note telling me my 2010 Census form is on its way. I'm so excited! Seriously. I want to count. (I see the headline now: "Census participation meets existential need").

Remember my little elevator speech about why we should all give a hoot about being counted? Well, Robert M. Groves, director of the US Census Bureau, makes a more succinct case:

"Your response is important. Results from the 2010 Census will be used to help each community get its fair share of government funds for highways, schools, health facilities, and many other programs you and your neighbors need. Without a complete, accurate census, your community may not receive its fair share."


By the way, big props to the City of Fontana. I was out that way last week and noticed TONS of signage encouraging residents to take part in the Census (including a very prominent link on the city's web page). I don't remember seeing any "get out the count" efforts here in Pomona (other than that cryptic presentation I ranted about previously).


  1. I was out at Vejar Elementary School on Saturday and they had a big community event. There were many of us there from the community to give out info about their organizations. The 2010 census table was right across from mine. They were very busy telling people how important it is to get out there and be counted. It is happening in Pomona, maybe just not on a larger scale.

  2. That's excellent news, Ms. Lois!

    This evening I attended a reception to celebrate the Homework Hotline ( and met a Pomona school principal who had a Census-related lapel pin. I'm guessing many community outreach activities take place through the school system, which makes sense given many residents have school-age kiddos.