U.S. CENSUS USES TOUR VAN TO DRIVE HOME ITS “BE COUNTED” MESSAGE IN RIO GRANDE VALLEY
MCALLEN, TX – The U.S. Census is taking its “Be Counted” message directly to the streets by way of a van – a big blue van. The rolling out of this mobile vehicle is being called the “2010 Census Road Tour,” and it is set to make several stops all across South Texas this week, including two in Hidalgo County.
The van is designed to connect directly with the public and explain WHAT the Census is and WHY it is so important. There will be an interactive and educational experience that informs the public about the importance and uses of the Census data.
“We are doing our part to complement the Census to help ensure that the residents of Hidalgo County are counted accurately,” said Hidalgo County Judge René A. Ramiréz who has been openly critical of the Census’ decision to not mail questionnaires to residents of local colonias. “This tour can’t replace the thousands of questionnaires that are not being sent to the people who live in the colonias, but it is a step in the right direction,” he said. “As a community, we now need to work to educated and mobilize those living in hard to count areas to fill out the Census form. This tour van is a good tool for helping us meet our goals.”
The “Take 10” Van Tour will park at designated stops during the day to let residents hear the good news of the Census. The van’s displays and interactive features, including a sample Census questionnaire and video presentations, are designed to illustrate how the Census works. There will also be giveaways provided by the YoCuento 2010 campaign, a partnership of community leaders committed to raising public awareness about the importance of the census count and increasing local participation in the census. Visit Yo Cuento website for more information on their efforts.
The Census van will be parked at two locations in Hidalgo County so that the public can view the displays and learn significant census facts. The events are free and open to the public.
Thursday, April 15, 2010
3:30 – 5:30 p.m.
La Joya ISD- Corina Peña Elementary School (Hidalgo County)
Location: 4800 Liberty Blvd., Peñitas
Contact: Principal Sofia Villarreal (956)-519-5770
Friday, April 16, 2010
10:00 a.m. – noon
ARISE South Tower (Hidalgo County)
Location: 1429 S. Tower Road (Pct. 2 Park & Pavillion)
Contact: Meli Ochoa (956) 784-3505 x 2046