Census 2020

A- A A+

Due to concerns surrounding COVD-19 (Coronavirus), the YWCA Elgin will be closed to the public and unable to assist you in completing your Census. Thank you for understanding. We hope everyone stays safe during this time and we look forward to returning to our regular schedule soon.

Why Getting Counted Matters

YWCA Elgin Census Video CoverEvery 10 years, the U.S. Census Bureau works to count every person in the country.

The Census results help the government create plans to distribute over $675 billion in annual local, state and federal funds aimed at helping communities throughout the U.S.

The data collected by the Census is then used for a variety of important purposes, including …

    • To determine how many representatives each state gets in Congress.
    • To plan for new roads, schools and health clinics.
    • To secure funding for hospitals, fire departments, and other emergency services.
    • To determine how billions of dollars in federal funding gets distributed to states, communities, federal programs, and individual households and organizations.

Getting an accurate count of our communities will help non-profit organizations like YWCA Elgin receive funding to continue providing essential programming to participants.

How to Participate in the Census

There are three easy ways to make sure you are counted: by phone, mail, or, for the first time ever, ONLINE! The 2020 Census marks the first time you’ll have the option to respond online. You can even respond to the Census on your mobile device!

By mid-March, every home will receive an invitation to respond in the Census that includes your household’s code. If you misplace this code, don’t worry, you can look up your code online using your address.

The questions asked by the census are easy – how many people are living in your home as of April 1, 2020; whether your home is owned or rented; how old are the people in your home, their gender, and about their race and/or ethnic background. 

The Census Bureau will NEVER ask you for your Social Security number, money or donations, anything on behalf of a political party, or your bank or credit card numbers.

Having an accurate census count benefits your family, your neighbors, and your community. Learn more at 2020census.gov.

When you reply to the census, your answers are kept anonymous. They are only used to produce statistics. The U.S. Census Bureau and its employees are bound by law to protect your answers and keep them strictly confidential. The law ensures that your private information is never published and that your answers cannot be used against you by any government agency or court.

Due to concerns surrounding COVD-19 (Coronavirus), the YWCA Elgin will be closed to the public and unable to assist you in completing your Census. Thank you for understanding. We hope everyone stays safe during this time and we look forward to returning to our regular schedule soon.

Do you need help filling out your 2020 Census? The YWCA Elgin will have English and Spanish speaking personnel that is trained to help you complete your Census. Our census helpers will be available March 12, 2020 – July 31, 2020; Monday and Thursday from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm and Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.

YWCA Elgin’s Statement on the Murder of George Floyd

We are mourning the cold-hearted and cruel killing of George Floyd by a Minneapolis Police Department Officer as three fellow officers watched. Mr. Floyd’s killing reminds us that for far too long African Americans are much more likely to die at the hands of the police. Mr. Floyd is the latest and most vivid example of how black lives continue to be discarded.

Protesters are marching in the streets across the United States, in the greatest numbers since the 1960’s. It sends a strong message we must make changes now and end this cycle. It is imperative to end the institutional racism that infects our society.

The YWCA Elgin stands with Alejandra Castillo, CEO, YWCA USA, who states, “We are outraged by the callous killing of George Floyd by a Minneapolis Police Officer – and similarly appalled by the inaction of three other officers who stood by watching as George Floyd endured unspeakable suffering, but addressing this specific incident alone won’t be enough to prevent future incidents of police violence against Black people, and people of color in America. Our country’s failure to address institutional racism is costing lives. Racism is why coronavirus is killing more people of color than white people. Racism is why police shootings are a leading cause of death for young Black men. Racism is why Black mothers die more frequently in childbirth. Racism has no place in the America we all deserve.”

We call on our national, state, and local leaders to immediately acknowledge the institutional racism in our society and to immediately implement change. The YWCA Elgin, along with the YWCA USA, is committed to racial justice, and we stand united in the fight for all for a fair and just society.

The Board of Directors, YWCA Elgin