It is vital that every person gets counted in the 2020 Census.

The data collected by the 2020 Census will affect the power of our voice through political representation and the federal distribution of resources coming to our communities for education, social services, transit and more. FAN has been involved in spreading the word, sharing flyers, and pushing back against the proposed citizenship question that has been ruled unconstitutional.

The Basics

What You Need to Know Factsheet:
This factsheet explains the basics of the census – What is it? Why is it important? When is it happening? How can you be involved?

What’s at Stake for Washington:
This document explains how information gathered by the census affects programs and funding in Washington State.

“Throughout history, the U.S. Census has been used as a tool of exclusion, but we can reclaim it as a tool for equity, democracy, and justice.” See FAN Census Equity Team Member and Pasco City Councilmember Zahra Roach’s Census Sermon: Be Counted for more.

Zahra is available to speak to your community in Central WA or remotely anywhere – just let us know at fan@fanwa.org!

Sample bulletin or newsletter article

Census 2020: 10 Questions ~ 10 Minutes ~ 10 Years of Impact!

Make a difference today! Take this time to complete your Census 2020 questionnaire. You can choose any one of the three following ways to respond:

  1. Online: 2020census.gov
  2. By phone: Call 844-330-2020 for English. You can complete the census by phone in 13 other languages or TDD: 2020census.gov/en/ways-to-respond/responding-by-phone.html
  3. By mail. Some people will get a census form in the mail to complete by hand. Later, if you haven’t responded online or by phone, you will also receive a form in the mail.

You should not be asked to fill out a census form by email, and you will never be asked to provide your social security number, bank account numbers, or other private security information. If you are, ignore it. That is a scam. There is no citizenship question on the census. The results cannot go to law enforcement, ICE, or your landlord. It is safe and secure.

Please share this announcement in your community’s publications – in English/en español

Resources by Denomination and Faith Tradition

Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA): ELCA Poster and ELCA bulletin insert
Episcopal Church: Census Toolkit
Jewish resources from Religious Action Center of Reformed Judaism toolkit and opinion piece
Muslim Resources from Coalition on American Islamic Relations (CAIR-WA)
Sikh Coalition FAQ and One-page Insert
United Church of Christ Announcement and Bulletin insert
Faith in the Public Life: Faith Community Census Toolkit

Flyers and Fact Sheets

Census 2020 Fact Sheets, US Census Bureau

Washington Census Alliance

Census 2020 Toolkit, Washington Nonprofits

Library of Census resources, Washington State Office of Financial Management

Census Bureau Resources

Interfaith Census Summit – video

Faith Communities 2020 Census Action Guide

Census 2020 County Map: Map of historically undercounted communities by county and census tract

Language Guides to help respondents complete the 2020 Census

Census Bureau Telephone Questionnaire Assistance: You can go to www.2020census.gov in order to begin to complete the form online. But, if you want to, you can also call in your answers 7 days a week between 4am and 11pm PT. Before being directed to a live person, you will be prompted to enter your “Census ID”. Those without an ID should press # to proceed. As a reminder, the telephone numbers are:

County Resources

(These are just a few—there is a wealth of information from Complete Count Committees and foundations in many counties. We will continue to add more.)

Benton & Franklin counties
King County
Pierce County
Snohomish County
Spokane County
Thurston County
Yakama/Yakima County

Resources By Community

NALEO Educational Fund’s Spanish/English Hotline: 877-352-3676
Hágase Contar: Spanish-speaking community resources
Urban League: Make Black Count!