While a ten minute survey might not seem significant, the data collected from the 2020 Census will impact funding for our community over the next 10 years. To break it down further, we came up with three ways the census benefits communities.
The census provides funding for local emergency services. This includes funding and resources for appropriate evacuation planning, relocation during disasters, fire stations and ambulance services. It is crucial that Pullman gets an accurate population count in order to ensure Pullman is prepared in case of an emergency
The census helps fund public education, childcare services and higher education. Funding for lunch and music programs is allocated by the number of children in the area. More funding will be given to communities with a higher population of young children. Remember to count yourselves and all of your dependents.
At the college level, our census responses determine the amount of funding WSU receives for financial aid, grants and other student programs.
Mental Health Services
Mental health is very important to the WSU community. We champion and fight for services that support, encourage and educate the community about mental illness. The census provides funding for counseling services, mental health and wellness programs.
It is time for Pullman residents to shape their future with the 2020 Census. We need to encourage our friends, neighbors and fellow students to count themselves correctly, so we can change our community for the better.