Joining the Campaign

Joining ya es hora ¡HAGASE CONTAR!

To ensure a true count in the 2010 census, the ya es hora ¡HAGASE CONTAR! Campaign will mobilize elected officials and a grassroots network that includes community organizations, local unions, service centers, and others.  Working together, they will reach people in their everyday lives with essential census information.  The network will extend Census Bureau's promotional efforts by adding an independent and trusted community message focused on education, empowerment and protecting our future.

To join the campaign or for more information about how you can get involved, contact your regional coordinator - click here for the list.

National Partners

Organizations with a national scope will be the linchpins of this effort.  These national partners bring trusted and recognizable names, memberships, satellite offices, and their own networks of partners.  National partners also offer leadership that can help community partners implement their local campaigns.

As a national partner, you can be an advocate, convener, and active service provider.

Opportunities for Involvement

  • Holding community "train-the-trainers" workshops to prepare stakeholders to provide information to the community.
  • Having your office serve as a Questionnaire Assistance Center or conducting a forum to help the members of the community complete their Census forms.
  • Serving as a campaign Information Center, providing information to the community about the Census.
  • Posting links and/or banner advertisements of the campaign's website and hotline on an organizational website.
  • Volunteer at least one staff and phone line to help answer hotline calls to the ya es hora toll-free bilingual hotline.
  • Host a campaign training and/or meeting
  • Post links and/or banner ads of the campaign's website on our organizational website.

To sign up to become a partner download the Memorandum of Understanding click here.  For more information on becoming a National Partner contact Lizette Escobedo at (213) 765-9452. 

Community Partners

Community partners determine the success of the ya es hora ¡HAGASE CONTAR! Campaign.  They are its face to the public, inspiring people to participate, educating them about the importance of the census, dispelling confidentiality fears, and helping people fill out the census forms. 

As a community partner, you can become a part of the local leadership and work toward a true count in a variety of ways. You can be a recruiter for the Campaign, dedicate resources (such as staff, phone lines, and meeting space), organize Community Assistance Forums or staff other events, serve as an Information Center, and serve as an Assistance Center.

Opportunities for Involvement

  • Holding community "train-the-trainers" workshops to prepare stakeholders to provide information to the community.
  • Having your office serve as a Questionnaire Assistance Center or conducting a forum to help the members of the community complete their Census forms.
  • Serving as a campaign Information Center, providing information to the community about the Census.
  • Posting links and/or banner advertisements of the campaign's website and hotline on an organizational website.
  • Volunteer at least one staff and phone line to help answer hotline calls to the ya es hora toll-free bilingual hotline.
  • Host a campaign training and/or meeting
  • Post links and/or banner ads of the campaign's website on our organizational website.

To sign up to become a Community Partner download the Memorandum of Understanding click here.  

Elected Officials

As an elected official you have the chance to serve as a trusted messenger of the 2010 census, conveying its importance to your constituents.  We encourage you to participate, by forming a Census Complete Committee (CCC), partnering with the ya es hora ¡HAGASE CONTAR! Campaign, hosting a community assistance forum, and serving as an information center.

You can have an impact by motivating even one extra person to be counted. You can have a big impact by motivating more.

Opportunities for Involvement

  • Help Census recruitment by posting job opportunities, conduct Census rallies or parades.
  • Create a Complete Count Committee (CCC) - a volunteer team of community leaders, faith-based groups, schools, elected officials and others working together to make ensure their constituents are counted.
  • Promoting Census in the Schools
  • Partner with ya es hora İHAGASE CONTAR! by:
    • Holding community "train-the-trainers" workshops to prepare stakeholders provide information to the community.
    • Having your office serve as a Questionnaire Assistance Center or conducting a forum to help the members of the community complete their Census forms.
    • Serving as a campaign Information Center, providing information to the community about the Census.
    • Posting links and/or banner advertisements of the campaign's website and hotline on an organizational website.

Timeline of Census Activities for Elected Officials

2009

October 2009

  • Form a Complete Count Committee (CCC) to create an action plan in your local jurisdiction (see Glossary if necessary).
  • Pass a resolution affirming your jurisdiction's willingness to ensure the success of the 2010 Census.
  • Inform the Regional Census Center in your area about your CCC and ask for resources for your campaign. (Contact information appears in the Complete Count Committee briefer.)

November 2009

  • If possible, allocate outreach funds to your CCC.
  • List the obstacles to an accurate count. Examples might include areas with limited English-speaking populations, recent immigrants, and large numbers of children.
  • Place the ya es hora ¡HAGASE CONTAR! logo and website link on all materials that reach your jurisdiction, such as the website, brochures, and newsletters.

December 22, 2009

  • Publicize the start of the 100-day countdown to Census Day 2010. Hold a press conference and send out a press release detailing your CCC work plan and highlighting important future campaign dates.

2010

January 2010

  • Help develop Campaign community information centers in your jurisdiction. These centers often need free space, volunteers, and supplies, and the CCC can assist them.

February 2010

  • Canvass your community with bilingual Campaign census Q&A sheets

March 2010

  • Help set up community assistance centers in your jurisdiction. These centers also often need free space, volunteers, and supplies, and the CCC can assist them too.

March 22-27, 2010

  • Participate in the National Week of Action, as part of the ya es hora ¡HAGASE CONTAR! Campaign. For more on local events or to advertise your event, please visit www.yaeshora.info.
  • On March 27, host a community assistance forum, giving residents in your jurisdiction a one-stop shop for aid in filling out the census form.

April 1, 2010

  • National Census Day!
  • Hold an event to encourage all households to mail in the form and remind the community about the upcoming door-to-door visits by census takers.

April 2010

  • Ask your Census Bureau contact person about the response rate in your jurisdiction. If it is lagging, plan special events to motivate residents to respond.
  • Inform the community about census takers doing non-response follow-ups and encourage cooperation with them.

May 2010

  • Assess the results while they are fresh. Evaluate what worked best for your community and make sure to have recommendations for the CCC in 2020!