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Wheres my Census form CUs can help
WASHINGTON (3/31/10)--The 2010 Census questionnaires are out and while many members may have already mailed their questionnaires back, the Census Bureau is asking credit unions' assistance in encouraging stragglers to send in their forms and helping others get a questionnaire. One credit union is going the extra distance to help make sure people are counted.
Battle Creek, Mich.-based United Educational CU's bilingual census assistant, Elizabeth Tutewiler, will assist individuals in answering the Census Bureau's questionnaire to help ensure everyone is counted. (Photo provided by the Michigan Credit Union League)
United Educational CU, a $97 million asset credit union based in Battle Creek, Mich., is providing a bilingual Spanish and English staff member, Elizabeth Tutewiler, to serve as a census representative. She will provide assistance to individuals who may have trouble reading or understanding the questionnaire, according to the Michigan Credit Union League (Michigan Monitor March 29). United Educational CU, which has a diverse membership and many Latino/Hispanic members, has spent several months stressing the importance of the census. "Each year, the federal government allocates more than $400 billion to communities for road and community improvements, education, public health services and more," said President/CEO Fran Godfrey. "These funds support our communities and bring jobs as well, which are vitally important. Michigan will likely realized a population decline, due to the tough economy, so we are putting our best efforts toward getting everyone counted," she told the league. If members haven't received a questionnaire form--or if they've misplaced it--credit unions can let them know they can still be counted by going to a Be Counted site or a Questionnaire Assistance Center to pick up another form in their preferred language. Until April 19, members can go online (use the link) to find the nearest Questionnaire Assistance Center. Once on the site, they should click the second arrow to locate the "Find a Questionnaire Assistance Center." Then they can type in their ZIP code to locate the nearest center. After April 12, credit unions can inform members they can order a replacement questionnaire through the Telephone Questionnaire Assistance line at 866-872-6868. The Telephone Questionnaire Assistance Line will be operational until July 20. In May, census workers will start door-to-door canvassing to contact people who haven't sent in their questionnaires by then. Credit unions can help by warning their members that door-to-door canvassers may be in their neighborhood to help them answer questions. Credit unions also can educate members on what to expect from a census taker. The census workers will begin May 1 and continue through late summer to follow up on addresses with non-responses. The Credit Union National Association is a Census 2010 partner.
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