email from Juanita J Risch (CENSUS/LA FED)
Lewis County Response Rate & Update Leave areas

Dear Census Partner,
As operations resume in Idaho we are focusing on areas that do not receive mail at their home residence. These include homes that only receive mail at a PO Box. Residences that do not receive mail at their physical address are referred to as Update Leave (UL) areas. Here you can see the lighter shaded area represent Update Leave areas within Lewis County. Click here for a map of Update Leave areas
In keeping with COVID-19 social distancing best practices, Census employees will be wearing face masks and gloves while dropping off packets to residences in Update Leave areas. Employees have also been instructed to not knock or ring the doorbell, but instead will simply leave the packet on the doorstep of the residence. Each packet contains:
  • A paper Census questionnaire with Census ID
  • Census phone number to take the Census with a live person over the phone
  • My2020census.gov web address to respond to the Census online

As the census continues, don’t forget that if you want to see how your hometown is doing and encourage family and friends to participate, you can check out the Census Bureau’s online response rates map. It’s a great way to track the progress of the nation’s self-response. The map is updated every afternoon to reflect the self-response rate of the country and of each state, county, city, census tract, congressional district and tribal area.

 
As of Saturday, the national self-response to the 2020 Census is 59.6%, and the rate in Idaho is 62%. Idaho County is at only at 35.2%. This can be greatly impacted by the Update Leave operations starting back up! Help get the word out! Rural America and rural IDAHO needs to be counted. 
 
Sincerely, 
Juanita Risch
Partnership Specialist
Boise, Idaho
213-308-3542

 


(Received from Juanita Risch – Boise 4/21/2020) 
Good day Partners. As of Saturday, the national self-response to the 2020 Census is 50.5%, and the rate in Idaho is 53.9%. Lewis County is at only at 30.7%. Rural America  and rural IDAHO needs to be counted. Help get the word out!

The country has reached an important milestone in the 2020 Census. Half of all of the households in the country have responded – that’s nearly 74 million responses! It has never been easier to respond to the census on your own, whether online at 2020census.gov, over the phone, or by mail.

As the census continues, don’t forget that if you want to see how your hometown is doing and encourage family and friends to participate, you can check out the Census Bureau’s online response rates map. It’s a great way to track the progress of the nation’s self-response. The map is updated every afternoon to reflect the self-response rate of the country and of each state, county, city, census tract, congressional district and tribal area.

If someone needs assistance in filling out the questions, there are videos to take you through it. (See attached.)

Stay safe, everyone, and please keep encouraging people to shape their future now by responding to the census at 2020census.gov.

Juanita Risch
Partnership Specialist
Boise, Idaho
213-308-3542

 

(Received from Juanita Risch – Boise 4/2/2020)
Good day Partners.  Lewis County is behind the national average self-response rate at only 23%. 

We need Lewis County residents to be counted to ensure rural Idaho is represented. Lets try to get this rate up!!!!
As of Saturday, the national self-response to the 2020 Census is 33.1%, and the rate in Idaho is 36.8%. We’re very enthusiastic about these competitive numbers, but we still have a long climb ahead of us! With the online Census form and toll-free numbers available in 13 languages, it’s never been easier for our communities to respond and ensure they receive the federal resources and representation they deserve.
Census Accelerate, an initiative of the U.S. Census Bureau, has launched its first-ever video prize competition to reward the most captivating, impactful and informative videos about the 2020 Census – with a total of $50,000 in cash prizes. As we work together to get a complete and accurate count of everyone in Idaho, this is a unique opportunity to engage our communities’ most creative members. 
Deadline for entry is April 17 at 11:59pm EDT, and full details can be found here. We would be thrilled to announce local winners here in Idaho, so please help us spread the word of this exciting competition by sharing on your social media channels! If you need assistance on messaging or outreach ideas, feel free to follow-up with me. 
Thank you again for your partnership in helping us count everyone once, only once, and in the right place!
Juanita Risch
Partnership Specialist
Boise, Idaho
213-308-3542


(Received from Juanita Risch – Boise 4/6/2020)
We celebrated Census Day on April 1 because that is the reference date when answering Census questions. Be sure to count everyone who usually lives and sleeps in your home as of that day. Everyone in your home counts, whether they are relatives, non-relatives, friends, or roommates. Also don’t forget to count all children, particularly those under the age of 5 and those babies who have joined our world on or before April 1.

Be sure to fill out the 2020 Census today by going to 2020Census.gov. The 2020 Census takes just 10 minutes to complete. You can also respond by phone or by paper mail with details available at 2020Census.gov.

The data collected helps determine how more than $675 billion in Federal funds each year will get distributed to states and communities. These funds support critical services including transportation, education, health care, and food assistance. The resulting population totals also determine the allocation of the 435 seats in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Check out the below links for resources to help encourage others in your community to participate in the 2020 Census:

Juanita Risch
Partnership Specialist
Boise, Idaho
213-308-3542