Local Foundation Co-Hosts 2nd Census Meeting

Oct 1, 2018

The Doris and Victor Day Foundation is teaching people about the importance of the 2020 Census. Tomorrow , the foundation will the second of two meetings called, "You Count! Rock Island County." 

Credit submitted / Doris and Victor Day Foundation

Foundation spokeswoman, Laura Fontaine, says the county needs a fair and accurate count to help the federal government decide how to distribute funds to cities, counties, and states for many purposes, such as transportation, education, housing, and medicine.

But Fontaine says getting an accurate count may be difficult because the 2020 census will be online. And 23 percent of Rock Island County residents don't have reliable internet access. Some people are also reluctant to participate in the census due to concerns about privacy.

The Day Foundation held its first meeting about the 2020 Census last month. The second one will be held tomorrow tomorrow morning at 10:30 at St. John's Lutheran Church in Rock Island.

Tuesday's speakers will include the director of World Relief Moline, the owner of Diverse Strategies, and the superintendent of Riverdale schools.

Illinois State lawmakers Neil Anderson and Tony McCombie are co-hosting the series of census meetings.