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.

This action-oriented workshop covered the why, what, how, and when of the 2020 Census; and why it matters to Washington state, Island County, and nonprofits. Organizations were also presented with strategies, resources, and tools that could be tailored to the populations they served. The resources provided by Washington Nonprofits can be found here and the presentation from the November 6th workshop can be found here in full.

Beckye Frey, Island County Planning Department, maps out historically under-counted communities in Island County

The Census determines how funds are distributed for schools, nonprofit services, roads, and other programs that are vital to our community. With the census right around the corner and high stakes for Washington State and Whidbey Island, Whidbey Community Foundation is hosting two additional training opportunities – Census 2020 Workshop: Why It Matters and What You Can Do at the Freeland Library on Wed, Jan 29, 10am-12pm and at the Oak Harbor Library on Fri, Feb 7, 10:30am-12:30pmThe workshops are oriented towards nonprofits, and the general public is welcome to attend.