United Way’s 211 assists Monterey County with Census 2020

Monterey, CA – 211 Monterey County is fully equipped to answer U.S. Census related questions. Monterey County residents can chat with a virtual assistant on 211 Monterey County website, text the short code ‘ICount’ to 211-211 or call 211 to talk to a trained call center specialist. 211 Monterey County is administered and managed by United Way Monterey County (UWMC).

Examples of frequently asked questions regarding Census 2020 surveys are as follows:

  • What questions will be asked on the 2020 census surveys?
  • How will the U.S. Census Bureau protect the confidentiality of my data?
  • Is there a citizenship question on the census surveys?
  • I am undocumented. Why should I take the census?
  • Does my newborn baby count?
  • My son lives with me part time. Where should he be counted?
  • What will the census data be used for?
  • Do I need to have a social security number?

“We encourage everyone to be counted in the upcoming census. The process is easy, secure, and confidential. It is vital that everyone is counted because census directly affects the distribution of more than $20,000 per person in federal funding to Monterey County over 10 years. This includes funding for schools, roads, hospitals, and social service programs,” said Katy Castagna, President and CEO, UWMC.

211 is a free, confidential referral and information helpline and website that connects people to essential health and human services, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Community members can reach 211 by simply dialing 211, texting their zip code to 898-211, or searching online at 211MontereyCounty.org.

For more information about 211 Monterey County or Census 2020 Surveys, contact Clare Margason, Community Impact Director, 211 and Partner Development, by email at Clare.Margason@UnitedWayMCCA.org or at (831) 372-8026, ext. 105.

About United WayUWMC fights for the financial stability of families throughout Monterey County with a focus on access to affordable, quality child care and housing.  In addition, United Way provides a portfolio of financial support services and connections to help families become self-sufficient.  Family financial stability boosts student performance, increases residents’ safety and health outcomes and helps our local economy grow.

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