Kelly Finkelstein, Orange County Communications
Kelly.Finkelstein@ocfl.net
Office: 407-836-5818; Mobile: 407-468-5289

Orange County Government’s Census 2020 Community Canvassing Day

WHAT: Join Orange County Government’s Complete Count Committee on the morning of Saturday, March 7, 2020 as we encourage households to participate in Census 2020. Volunteers will canvass areas that have been historically undercounted in previous census periods. The goal is to increase the overall accuracy, completeness and timeliness of the census count for Orange County. We will canvass the following areas:

  • Orlo Vista
  • Eatonville
  • Holden Heights
  • South Apopka/Paradise Heights
  • Pine Hills/Mercy Drive
  • UCF/Goldenrod

Volunteers will meet at the assigned staging locations at 8 a.m., receive an orientation, and canvass until 11 a.m. Volunteers will receive t-shirts, snacks, lunch and giveaways.

To schedule interviews, contact Kelly.Finkelstein@ocfl.net. Media Interviews are available with the committee chairperson, Melvin Pittman, vice chairperson, Jenny Gallego and Lavon Williams the manager of the 2020 Census Complete Count Committee for Orange County. For more information, visit www.ocfl.net/Census2020.

Fast Facts about the Census:

WHY DOES LOCAL GOVERNMENT HAVE A VESTED INTEREST IN THE CENSUS?

  • The census determines how many seats Orange County and Florida has in Congress.
  • The U.S. Constitution requires  that electoral districts be periodically adjusted or redrawn to account for population shifts.
  • Recovery organizations like Florida Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) rely heavily on data collected by the census to help guide recovery efforts and plan for future emergencies.

ORANGE COUNTY PROGRAMS THAT RECEIVE FUNDING FROM CENSUS COUNTS

  • Transportation infrastructure
  • Affordable Housing incentives funding
  • Early childhood education programs including Head Start and Early Learning Coalition
  • Free and reduced school meal programs at Orange County Public Schools
  • Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) utility assistance
  • Adoption and foster parent assistance programs

About Orange County Government: Orange County Government strives to serve its citizens and guests with integrity, honesty, fairness and professionalism. Located in Central Florida, Orange County includes 13 municipalities and is home to world-famous theme parks, the nation’s second-largest convention center, and a thriving life science research park. Seven elected members make up the Board of County Commissioners including the Mayor who is elected countywide. For more information, please visit www.OCFL.net or go to the Orange County Facebook and Twitter pages.

About Orange County Government: Orange County Government strives to serve its citizens and guests with integrity, honesty, fairness and professionalism. Located in Central Florida, Orange County includes 13 municipalities and is home to world famous theme parks, an award-winning convention center, and a thriving life science research park. Seven elected members make up the Board of County Commissioners including the Mayor who is elected countywide. For more information, please visit www.OCFL.net or go to the Orange County Facebook and Twitter pages.

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