Shape Your Future – Complete the 2020
Census

SVS, Senior Volunteer Services, has been servicing SLO County’s aging population for 46 years. That’s why we are pleased to be a trusted partner of the California Complete Count – 2020 Census, and have the opportunity to help reach seniors and urge them to complete the 2020 Census. San Luis Obispo County has a large and growing senior population with growing needs. Without every senior completing their survey, our county looses needed revenue to provide services and resources that reflect the true needs unique to this population.

To slow the spread of COVID-19 Californians are sheltering-in-place, but luckily, all of us can still participate and fill out the 2020 Census. Now you can fill out the census online or by phone. The census website has surveys in 59 languages and can be filled out in 13 different languages by phone.

Invitations to fill out the census have been sent to households across California with a unique Census ID to use when filling out the census. However, if you didn’t receive this in the mail or don’t want to wait, you can visit: my2020census.gov to complete your census. Instead of using your unique Census ID you can use your physical address. If you’d like to fill out your survey by phone you can call: 844-330-2020 for English, 844-468-2020 for Spanish, or 844-467-2020 for TDD. To learn more about the 2020 Census visit: californiacensus.org

At a time when scams are prevalent there are some facts you should know about the 2020 Census. The 2020 Census will never ask you for: your social security number, financial or banking information, citizenship, or ask for payments or donations. In addition, information you provide is confidential. And lastly, make sure to close your browser after completing and submitting your form.

It’s vital that every person fills out and completes the 2020 Census. Information collected by the census brings necessary and needed federal dollars to California, and also helps determine what kind of resources and services are needed in each community. Federal dollars are used to fund community programs for seniors, children, and families, helps build hospitals and roads, creates local jobs and improves housing. Lastly, it determines the number of representatives we send to the U.S. House of Representatives.

The census survey is only 9 questions long, and takes about 10 minutes. It’s amazing that so little time can have such a big impact in our communities. Please don’t delay, complete your 2020 Census survey today!

Linda Loebs 
SVS North County Coordinator