Local officials and activists will host a seminar in Bolingbrook on Thursday for residents to learn about how to get involved, and even employed, with the 2020 U.S. Census.
State Rep. John Connor, D-Lockport, the Southwest Suburban Immigrant Project, other legislators and U.S. Census Bureau staff will host the seminar at the Fountaindale Public Library in Bolingbrook.
The seminar will be 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the library, 300 W. Briarcliff Road.
Connor stressed the importance of every household participating and getting counted this year. Officials at the seminar will also want to solicit ideas about how to ensure all residents are counted properly.
Government entities from the federal to the local level rely on census data to accurately dedicate resources and serve communities, according to a news release from Connor’s office.
Will County receives more than $200 million in federal funding via programs and grants that rely on census data. Connor said in the release such an investment is key to ensuring quality infrastructure, education and green energy in his district.
“Our area has seen tremendous growth in recent years, which means it is critically important that we qualify for the resources that we deserve this upcoming decade,” Connor said in the release. “I care about getting a complete count because this community needs strong representation and all of the additional funding that comes with it.”
Recruitment specialists will be at the seminar with information about full-time and part-time opportunities with the U.S. Census Bureau.
For information about the U.S. Census, visit census.gov.