For Immediate Release
April 02, 2010
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Boston Election Department Staff Participates in “United States Census Day”
BOSTON, MA – In an effort to heighten community awareness regarding participation in the United States Census, Boston Election Department staff conducted a cap give-away at the Jackson Square “T” stop on Census Day, April 1, 2010.
Participating on behalf of the Boston Election Department were Republican Board Member Ellen Rooney, Democratic Board Member Helen Wong, Human Resources Manager Lynne Onishuk, Community Outreach Assistant Keturah Trusty, and Intern Glynis Mangual. Melvyn Colon, Partnership Specialist in the Jamaica Plain area for the U.S. Census, also joined the effort.
The team distributed over 1,000 baseball-style caps emblazoned “Be Counted Boston.” The caps were available in both English and Spanish. The Boston Election Department was able to obtain 3,000 caps through a grant submitted by Commissioner Rooney to the U.S. Census Bureau. The Boston office of the U.S. Census also provided pens to be given away.
Hundreds of evening commuters were happy to receive these small tokens, which were accompanied by information emphasizing the importance of completing and returning the U.S. Census forms.
At the direction of Mayor Thomas M. Menino, the Boston Election Department has been actively encouraging all Boston residents to fill out their U.S. Census forms. There is Census signage, in multiple languages, posted on the doors of the Election Department, and a variety of informational materials available within the Department. Department Chair Geraldine Cuddyer has designated Commissioner Rooney to serve as the Election Department’s Liaison to the U.S. Census.
“Mayor Menino has been very clear that it is critical for all residents of the City to complete their Census forms,” said Cuddyer. “Not only is it important to maintain the strength of the Commonwealth’s Congressional delegation, the Census also provides critical data that determines the disbursement of federal funding for schools, health care, housing, and a myriad of other programs. The Boston Election Department is proud to be on the front lines in encouraging all Boston residents to step forward and be counted.”