OCEAN COUNTY – The message is clear: you count; and your community, county and country are counting on you to fill out and return your Census 2020 form.
A strong visual reminder to do just that was traveling around sections of Ocean County recently in the form of a billboard truck.
That truck made for a good backdrop for a photo to remind county residents about its message so on Aug. 18, Ocean County Freeholder Director Joseph H. Vicari paired up with Berkeley Township Mayor Carmen F. Amato Jr. for a friendly reminder urging county residents to fill out the 2020 Census questionnaire.
Among its stops, the billboard truck was seen in the Shoprite parking lot, Route 9, Berkeley Township.
It also stopped in South Toms River and will be traveling around to other areas of the county where the response rate has been low to raise awareness about the importance of being counted in 2020.
Census workers are also traveling with the billboard and can assist people with filling out the census form on the spot thus eliminating the need for census workers to visit the homes of residents who have not submitted their forms.
“An accurate census count is incredibly important to Ocean County and will help determine the amount of federal and state aid that we receive for the next decade,” Vicari said.
“We ask that anyone who has not yet completed their ensus forms to please do so as soon as possible,” the Freeholder Director added.
The 2020 census can be submitted online at 2020Census.gov, or by calling 844-330-2020, or by mail.
If you don’t have internet access or need assistance, branches of the Ocean County Library provide laptops dedicated to the public for use in completing the census.
Trained staff are also available for assistance and can be reached by contacting a local county library branch.