Make Muskegon County Count: Census 2020

The U.S. Census 2020 has consequences we will live with for the next decade, if not longer. This makes the stakes even higher.


Muskegon County stands to lose an estimated $54.6 million per year in federal support for the next 10 years for programs that use census data. These include Medicaid, nutrition assistance, highway construction and planning, Title I and Special Education Grants, Foster Care and Child Care Grants, K-12 education, Section 8 Vouchers, and Head Start/Early Start.

Historically, the census has missed disproportionate numbers of minorities, immigrants, young children and those living in poverty. We believe Muskegon County nonprofits are trusted entities in our community and can be effective in reaching out to their networks in hard-to-count populations. You can provide education about the benefits of Census 2020 and encourage them to participate.

Information is power and the Michigan Nonprofit Association has created a host of free resources – documents, flyers, brochures, PowerPoints, infographics and more to help educate the community you serve.

Learn more about the valuable resources for your use and to share with your network and community members.  We all win with an accurate census count. The time is now. Educate. Engage. Empower.

Upcoming Muskegon County event: Census Workshop for Community Groups, March 4, 5:30 p.m. Churches, service clubs, neighborhood associations and volunteers are invited to join us to learn more about the upcoming 2020 Census and how to engage their communities. This is a free program and a light dinner will be served.  RSVP by February 21 to Mandy Hicks, or call 231-722-4538.

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