Complete the Census today, benefit our community for the next 10 years

Every 10 years, everyone in the country is counted in the national census. And when we say everyone, we mean everyone. All residents of every ethnicity, regardless of immigration status, including kids, seniors, military members, and people experiencing homelessness.

As of September 17, Washington state has a self-response rate of 71.8%. Island County has a self-response rate of 69.2%. We have more to go.

Census 2020. Whidbey Counts
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Free Census 2020 Workshops in January and February

Census 2020. Whidbey Counts

Whidbey Community Foundation is hosting two free 2020 Census workshops:  January 29 at the Freeland Library from 10am to 12pm, and on Friday, February 7 at the Oak Harbor Library from 10:30am to 12:30pm. We invite you to join us and our partners—Washington NonprofitsIsland County, the US Census Bureau, and Sno-Isle Libraries—for a fun, informative, and action-oriented workshop.  

The Census determines how funds are distributed for schools, nonprofit services, roads, and other programs that make our community special. We all care about our State’s and Island’s future, and we have the power to work together to ensure that everyone is counted next year.

Attendees will learn: 

  • The why, what, how, and when of the 2020 Census; and why it matters to Washington state, Island County, and nonprofits. 
  • How to support the count as community organizations and individuals. 
  • Who to connect with to support the 2020 Census. 
  • What resources are available for getting out the count. 
  • Tools and strategies to effectively communicate about the 2020 Census.

The workshops are tailored to nonprofits, and the general public is welcome to attend. Space is limited; we ask you to please register in advance. 

Thank you and we look forward to working together to ensure that everyone is counted in the Census this year! 

WCF Hosts First Census Training for Local Nonprofits

Jessie Gunn, Whidbey Community Foundation; Dana Sawyers, US Census Bureau; Anne Murphy, Sno-Isle Libraries; David Streeter, Washington Nonprofits

On November 6, Whidbey Community Foundation (WCF) provided the first of its targeted training opportunities to local nonprofit organizations for the 2020 Census. WCF partnered with Washington Nonprofits, Island County, the US Census Bureau, and Sno-Isle Libraries at the Coupeville Library. This workshop was available for free thanks to a grant provided by the Washington Census Equity Fund. Represented at the Coupeville workshop were nonprofit staff and volunteers from over ten organizations serving Whidbey Island.

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WCF Received a Grant from the Washington Census Equity Fund

Whidbey Community Foundation is excited to announce that we have received $10,000 in funding from the Washington Census Equity Fund which will help us promote a robust and accurate count in the 2020 Census. Census data is used to determine how more than $800 billion in federal funds are distributed back to local communities every year for services and infrastructure, including schools, hospitals, fire departments and roads.

WCF will provide targeted training opportunities for local nonprofit organizations, informational handouts, and a public outreach campaign. Training for nonprofits will include workshops for staff, board members, and volunteers that work with hard-to-count individuals from all backgrounds on Whidbey Island. 

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