A Message from Martha Tirk,
Administrator Nantucket 2020
Census Complete Count Committee
Dear Fellow Nantucketers,
We recognize that our community’s health and safety are the most pressing concerns during this unprecedented time, and that communication about public health takes priority. However, the 2020 Census is ongoing – and vitally important for Nantucket’s future.
It’s never been easier to get counted and to count everyone who lives at your address. You can use your smartphone, tablet, or computer to do so online, you can do so over the phone in 13 languages, or you can complete and return the Census questionnaire that may have been delivered to your home by now. (You do not need a form to respond online or by phone, however!)
The US Census takes place once every ten years and is mandated by the Constitution. Statistics from responses are used to make decisions about federal funding for community services that we rely on every day: health care (including Medicaid, Medicare, and the Children’s Health Insurance Program), schools, food assistance, housing, emergency services, senior programs, and more. An accurate count ensures that Nantucket gets its share, as funding levels that are determined as a result of the 2020 Census will be in place for our community for the next ten years!
Please get counted, and encourage friends, colleagues, and family members to do so at 2020census.gov. Choose your language and click on the “Respond” button to take the Census. It’s safe, quick, easy – and individual data is protected by federal law. Your information cannot be shared with any federal, state, or local agency for any reason. There is NO citizenship question on the Census, and everyone is asked to participate. We ALL count for Nantucket!
In an effort to “get out the count” on Nantucket we’ve started posting information on Facebook, via the Community Foundation for Nantucket’s page. Please visit the page so you can see and – very importantly – share these posts on your own personal and organizational pages! You’ll recognize some faces, and can learn a lot about why an accurate count is important. If Facebook isn’t your thing, please share the information on Instagram or Twitter – or even by email.
Thank you, please get counted, and be safe and healthy,
Nantucket’s 2020 Census Complete Count Committee