By: Tamara Orozco
United Way Bay Area (UWBA) is a state-designated, regional Administrative Community-Based Organization (ACBO) for Census 2020 and has awarded a total of $1,082,000 in grants to 57 nonprofit, community-based organizations leading grassroots efforts to support a complete count of all Bay Area residents. The grants will fund critical outreach such as door-to-door canvassing and phone banks, as well as, education in hard-to-count communities. More than 30 of the organizations that received grants will also operate Questionnaire Assistance Centers in their communities between March and July 2020.
“We received 130 applications from local organizations requesting a total of $5.5 million. It shows a lot of positive interest in a complete count for Census 2020, but also a deep need for financial assistance to make sure the necessary outreach happens,” said Anne Wilson, CEO of United Way Bay Area. “In our first round of funding we carefully selected trusted community groups that can reach hard-to-count populations. We will be making additional grants as we continue to coordinate with the counties and the Bay Area Census Funders Collaborative to fill gaps in our efforts to reach hard-to-count communities.”
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