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Volunteers with Grady Counts Committee are working at local businesses to help get residents counted before the next Wednesday’s deadline to respond to the national population count.
They braved the cooler than normal temperatures of Tuesday morning to set up a census registration table at Monrovia, and will be at Flowerwood Nursery later this week.
Nola Daughtry, a member of Grady Counts, says the group will also be on hand at a local church on Sunday.
With only seven more days until the Wednesday, Sept. 30 deadline to respond, Daughtry says the committee is making a push to get every Grady County resident counted.
There are various opportunities to get counted on specific days in the community.
Members of Grady Counts are at Roddenbery Memorial Library’s Grady Room, 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. every Tuesday through Sept. 30, Daughtry says.
Roddenbery Memorial Library employees are helping the public fill out the census Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. until 6 p.m., Fridays, 10 a.m. until 3 p.m., and in the Grady Room on Thursday evenings, 5 p.m. until 8 p.m.
The media center at Cairo High School is open every Tuesday, 5 p.m. until 8 p.m., with assistants on hand to help people if they have questions about the questionnaire.
In addition to answering the census online at my2020census.gov or by mail, people may complete it by phone by calling 844-330-2020.
The Census Bureau’s Non-response Follow-up Operation is well underway and census takers are knocking on doors of households that haven’t responded yet to the 2020 Census. Census takers have been trained to follow public health guidelines including wearing a mask, conducting interviews outside and practicing social distancing.
“Census results shape the future of communities, as census data informs how billions of dollars in federal funds are distributed for health clinics, school lunch programs, disaster recovery initiatives, and other critical programs and services for the next 10 years,” according to information from the U.S. Census.