Community organizations partner to host upcoming Census-A-Thon

Press release from City of Gainesville

With nearly 4 in 10 U.S. households yet to complete the 2020 Census, the City of Gainesville, Alachua County, Greater Gainesville Chamber, and the School Board of Alachua County are working to raise awareness about the national population count during a virtual three-day Community Census-A-Thon.
When: 10:30-10:45 a.m., Wednesday-Friday, July 8-10
Where: Streaming on YouTube 

Individuals may enter a daily drawing for prizes through this link; winners will be announced during the Census-A-Thon. Participation in the drawings is open to those who have already completed the 2020 Census, as well as those who have yet to respond. Prizes include JBL Speaker Clips, JBL Wireless Earbuds by Harman, Amazon Echo Dots, and Go Pros.  

“Everyone who completes the census helps shape the future of our community,” said City of Gainesville census coordinator Jessica Turner-Evans. “Census data is used to guide the allocation of federal funding for our hospitals, schools, fire departments, and roads,” she added. 

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, each home received an invitation to complete the census questionnaire by mail, email, or phone earlier this spring. The response phase ends Oct. 31 as the Census Bureau then will deliver apportionment counts to the president and to Congress. 

“Participating in the census is mandated by the U.S. Constitution, and the results are also used to draw congressional and state legislative districts,” said Alachua County census coordinator Sean McLendon. “We hope the Census-A-Thon helps raise household participation rates in the county,” he said.

  • LMAO! The leaders of our community have realized they can’t get blood from a turnip. They can’t manage their budget, they give everything away for free while taxing the residents to homelessness. Now they are promoting a “giveaway” to get false responses to pad their coffers. The census is their way of getting free money from the federal government. If our community leaders look for handouts, how can we expect anything else but the same from members of the community or the growing population of homeless. The corrupt leaders should realize… THE PERSON NEEDS TO LIVE HERE!
    “Everyone who completes the census helps shape the future of our community,” said City of Gainesville census coordinator Jessica Turner-Evans.
    I hope and pray we shape it better than how our corrupt leaders have shaped it.

  • I apologize for expressing my displeasure with the current leadership and my perception of their mismanagement of local taxpayers’ as well as state and local funds.
    The census is a Constitutionally mandated requirement to be conducted every ten years in an effort to obtain proper congressional representation for communities in drawing electoral districts as well as obtaining funding for community needs. As such, a complete, truthful census response should be performed.
    Once again, my apologies for my digression.

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