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US Census Bureau kicks off recruitment at Buena Park Silverado Days in Buena Park

Recruitment for the 2020 Census has begun throughout Orange County and is gaining momentum as the 2019 calendar is quickly moving to a close.

The 2020 Census is set for March through July 2020.

Buena Park City’s “Complete Count Committee” (CCC) is chaired by Mayor Art Brown and City Councilwoman Sunny Park. The City is announcing its 2020 Census kickoff event on Thursday, Oct. 24 and an official Buena Park City CCC flyer will be posted soon as well.

The CCC Partner Specialist from the U.S. Census for Buena Park is Jennifer Lee. She will be working with the City of Buena Park on their 2020 Census.

As a way of giving residents the heads-up, the City’s CCC kickoff will be held at the Walter D. Ehlers Event Center, 8150 Knott Ave., in Buena Park, on Thursday, Oct. 24 at 1:30 p.m., with recruiting beginning at 2 p.m., in the Computer Lab at the Ehlers Center.

Questions people might be asking: Why participate in the Census? or, how do I get involved? along with,
can I get employment with Census 2020?

Below are some of the locations in Orange County where information can be found about getting involved and if a person wants to seek Census employment. Each location will each have computers and Wi-Fi with onsite recruiting assistants to help applicants walk through the employment steps for those applying for a job, which needs to be completed online.

Dates and locations include:

  • Tuesday, Oct. 22, Buena Park Library District, 7150 La Palma Ave., 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Oct. 23, Buena Park Library District, 2 to 6:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, Oct. 24, Walter D. Ehlers Event Center, 8150 Knott Ave., in the Computer Lab from 2 to 6:30 p.m.

  • Friday, Oct. 25, The Source Mall, 6940 Beach Blvd., on the 3rd floor from 3 to 7 p.m.
  • Saturday, Oct. 26, The Source Mall from 1 to 5 p.m.

Organizers say the Census is easy, safe, and important.

There are only nine simple questions for the head-of-the-household to answer and seven questions for everyone else living in the home and all respondent information is protected by law under Title 13.

“No respondent information can be shared with anyone or any other organization such as ICE, nor to Homeland Security, and in fact, not even to the President of the United States,” said Advisor Jennifer Lee. “Census is reported in statistical data only.”

How and why is Census 2020 important? It translates to dollars for each City through Federal apportionment to more than $675 billion dollars per year across the United States to fund vital local programs such as funding for local schools, healthcare programs such as Medi-cal, Medicare part B, Section 8 housing, WIC, Head Start and hospitals. Police and fire departments also rely on Federal funding, which is determined by the Census population count.

A complete and accurate Census count means more funding for local programs.

Interested parties may shape their future by responding online, by phone, or by mail.

For Census information visit www.2020census.gov and for Census job information, www.2020census.gov/jobs or call 1-855-562-2020.

Pictured from left are Savanna School District Immediate Past Board President Chris Brown; Councilwoman Sunny Park, Mayor Art Brown and CCC Advisor Jennifer Lee. Courtesy photo.
Shown at the US Census Bureau booth at Silverado Days in Buena Park are (left to right) Savanna School District Immediate Past Board President Chris Brown, Councilwoman Sunny Park, Mayor Art Brown, and CCC Advisor Jennifer Lee. Courtesy photo.

The article and photo above were submitted by Buena Park Complete Count Committee.