Learn More About the Census at Events on Saturday, April 10
April 8, 2010
To encourage residents to mail back their census forms, Fairfax County is co-sponsoring events and activities on Saturday, April 10. They include:
- Culmore Multicultural Community Day, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
A block party at the Woodrow Wilson Library, 6101 Knollwood Drive, Falls Church. For more information or reasonable ADA accommodations, contact Richard Cabello, Fairfax County Park Authority, 703-324-8730, TTY 711.
- Huntington Community Center, 2 to 3 p.m.
Volunteers will go door-to-door to encourage residents to fill out their census form, and hand out fliers at the Huntington Metro Station. Volunteers should meet at the center, 5751 Liberty Dr, Alexandria. To volunteer, for more information, and reasonable ADA accommodations, contact Amie Williams, Department of Community Recreation Services, 703-960-1917, TTY 711.
- Sacramento Neighborhood Center, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Volunteers will go door-to-door to encourage residents to fill out their census form. Volunteers should meet at the center, 8792E Sacramento Drive, Alexandria. To volunteer, for more information, and reasonable ADA accommodations, contact Sally Waller, Sacramento Neighborhood Center, 703-619-2964, TTY 711.
- ADAMS Center, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The All Dulles Area Muslim Society (ADAMS) will host a block party at theHerndon Town Square, 730 Elden Street, Herndon. There will be free hamburgers, hot dogs, and music. For more information, reasonable ADA accommodations, contact Khalid Iqbal, ADAMS Center, 202-439-5432, TTY 711.
To get help filling out the form, call the U.S. Census Bureau’s toll-free telephone help lines:
- English: 1-866-872-6868
- Chinese: 1-866-935-2010
- Korean: 1-866-955-2010
- Spanish: 1-866-928-2010
- Vietnamese: 1-866-945-2010
- TDD: 1-866-783-2010
Until April 19, residents also can get help in person at Questionnaire Assistance Centers across the county. Visit the Census Web page to find the centers.
By federal law, information from census forms cannot be shared with any local, state or federal government agency, including Fairfax County. Census workers also take an oath for life to keep this information confidential. There are stiff penalties for U.S. Census Bureau employees who disclose this information, including fines of up to $250,000, up to five years in prison or both.
County officials are asking everyone to participate in the census because Fairfax County gets federal money based on census data. In Fiscal Year 2008, Fairfax County received more than $359 million in federal dollars based on census data. This money helped to fund the county’s schools, roads and social services. As an example, the county received more than $50 million for schools.
The U.S. Constitution requires that a census be conducted every 10 years to count everyone living in this country. Everyone must be counted — not just U.S. citizens — as stipulated by the Constitution.
For more information about the 2010 census, visit the Fairfax County Web site.
Contact: Merni Fitzgerald, Director, Office of Public Affairs
703-324-3189, TTY 711, Media Pager: 703-324-NEWS (6397)
To request this information in an alternate format, call 703-324-3187, TTY 711