UNION, NJ – The township’s Census Committee held their first meeting this week to review plans for outreach and education to residents to help ensure Union's highest possible response to census surveys.

Mayor Michele Delisfort, township officials, community leaders and residents are among the committee members who are tasked to help ensure all Union residents are counted in the census.

The United States census results help determine how billions of dollars in federal funding flow into states and communities each year, according to 2020census.gov.  The results also determine how many seats in Congress each state gets.  The census is mandated in the U.S. Constitution.  The United States has counted its population every ten years since 1790.

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“Census results directly affect our federal and state funding,” said Business Administrator Don Travisano.  “We want to help motivate residents to participate in the census.  We need to get the message out to the citizens of Union.  We’d like to ensure all citizens are counted.”

Assistant Business Administrator Bill Reyes Jr. said among other things the town will hold kick-off meetings, community youth forums, interfaith forums, and rallies to help disseminate census information and convey of the importance of completing the questionnaire.

Reyes said according to the information from the United States Census2020:

  • March 12 – 20 - Residents will receive an invitation to respond to the 2020 Census. 
    • Every household will have the option of responding online, by mail, or by phone.
    • Areas less likely to respond online will receive a paper questionnaire.  The invitation will also include information about how to respond online or by phone.
  • March 16 – 24 - Residents will receive a reminder letter.
  • March 26 – April 3 - For residents who do not respond, a reminder postcard will be sent.
  • April 8 – 16 - A reminder letter and paper questionnaire will be sent
  • April 20 – 27 – A final reminder postcard before in-person follow-up will be sent.

Committee members discussed ways to help residents, particularly senior citizens, complete the online census.  Phyllis Monguso, Director of the Union Senior Center, said they will have a computer available at the center and will set aside time to assist seniors to complete the online census.  Assistance for seniors will also be made available at the Union Township Community Action Organization (UTCAO).  Union’s Main Library and the Vauxhall Branch will have scheduled help available for online submissions.

Outreach sessions are tentatively being planned for Union’s senior complexes, churches, neighborhood association meetings, schools, and scheduled informational sessions/town hall events.