Ocean County Press Release
TUCKERTON – As a 2020 Census billboard truck makes its way around Ocean County, Ocean County Freeholder Director Joseph H. Vicari continues to remind residents to fill out their 2020 Census questionnaires.
"An accurate count in the 2020 Census is important for Ocean County to receive the correct amount of federal and state aid for the next decade," Vicari said. "Having this billboard visit different locations throughout the County is a great way to encourage residents to fill out their forms if they have not done so already."
On Aug. 28, the billboard truck will be driving through Little Egg Harbor Township and Tuckerton before stopping at the Tuckerton Seaport, 120 West Main Street, here. A "Be Counted" event is scheduled to take place at Tuckerton Seaport from 3 to 5 p.m. In support of the Census count, an ice cream truck will be onsite providing attendees with free ice cream from 3 to 4 p.m.
Prior to the visit at Tuckerton Seaport, the billboard truck will be at the Island Heights Post Office from 9 to 11 a.m. and Walnut Street Elementary School in Toms River from 11:15 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. There will be bilingual materials and enumerators available at Walnut Street Elementary School as well. Caregiver Volunteers will provide $5 Wawa gift cards at the Island Heights event for those filling out the Census.
"We are trying to reach out to areas where the response rate has been low to raise awareness about the importance of being counted," Vicari said. "I want to personally thank every individual and organization that is helping to host these events as they highlight the importance of filling out the Census."
Vicari also emphasized that Census data and the collection of the data is strictly confidential and protected by Federal Law under Title 13. The information on the census questionnaire cannot be used for any other purpose or shared with any other institutions or agencies.
The 2020 Census can be submitted online at 2020CENSUS.GOV, by phone (844-330-2020), or by mail. If you do not have internet access or need assistance, Ocean County Library branches have laptops dedicated to the public for use in completing the Census. Trained staff is also available for assistance and can be reached by contacting a local county library branch.
"The results of the Census are key for obtaining the funding for many vital programs and services, such as important infrastructure improvements, senior services, public health, education, transportation, and block grant programs," said Vicari. "Furthermore, the results of the Census also determines how Congress is apportioned.
"Every Ocean County resident matters in the Census count, so I encourage everyone to do their part," Vicari said.