Census luncheon set for Saturday

Get counted and qualify for the $1,000 sign up incentive

As local efforts continue to increase Seminole County’s  census response rate, a free census luncheon will be held this Saturday, September 5, at the Seminole County Ag Building. Jordan Brown, Community Organizer and Principal of Collective Grant Writing and Consulting, will be on hand to discuss the purpose of the census and the importance of getting everyone counted. The luncheon will begin 12:30. Later that day volunteers be canvassing the community to further push promoting census completion.

Incentives to encourage all Seminole County citizens to register for the census by the September 30th deadline are in place and a local group of concerned citizens is now offering a $1,000 incentive to take the time and get counted. 

On October 1, the name of one Seminole County resident who has registered for the 2020 census will be randomly picked to receive the prize.  

To make sure your name is in the running for the census sign up incentive, just like the hundred plus residents who have signed up in the past two weeks at City Hall and past Saturday’s sign up stations, Seminole County residents must submit proof of census registration to the Donalsonville News office by 5 p.m. on September 30. Residents will also be in the running for the prize if they register at Donalsonville City Hall or register at one of the census sign-up stations to be set up around the county through the end of September. 

In addition to the Saturday luncheon, a sign up station will be held this Saturday, September 5 from 8 a.m. until 11 a.m. at Piggly Wiggly in Donalsonville.

In addition to the $1,000 incentive, residents of Donalsonville will receive a $5 credit on their utility bills if they register and get counted at Donalsonville City Hall.

Seminole County’s census response rate inched up a little bit this week, but still remains one of the lowest in the state, and the lowest in Southwest Georgia. As of Wednesday, September 2, Seminole County’s response rate is 40.1  percent, compared to the state average of 60.2 percent.  Miller County is reporting  a rate of 55.7 percent and Decatur County’s rate is currently 47.2 percent. 

With an undercounted population we will be in danger of not getting the federal funding we deserve. For every person not counted in the 2020 Census, Seminole County will lose $2,300. Get counted in the Census today. It’s quick and confidential. Information submitted will not be shared with any other government agency and will be used only to determine an accurate count of Seminole County residents. To fill out the Census online, visit 2020census.gov or call 844-330-2020.

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