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Nava speaks on 2020 Census at Optimist Club

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The Sunrise Optimist Club’s first vice president, Roger K. Burnett, right, presents speaker Marcos Nava with a gift of appreciation during the meeting. (Submitted Photo)

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The 2020 Census was the topic of the presentation given by Marcos Nava, who heads up the upcoming census count for Roswell. The census actually starts April 1 and runs through July 2020.

Nava expressed the importance of the 2020 Census and the reasons we do a census every 10 years. He explained the census facts are keep private for 72 years. The census determines the distribution of federal funds according to numbers, more grants are available if we reach 50,000, and many businesses use the figures to move into communities.

He explained that Roswell receives $3,745 for each resident for a year. Multiply that times 50,000 people and that gives us $187,250,000 each year. Now multiply that times 10 years — that is a lot of money. Unfortunately, many people failed to participate in the census the last time and many failed to count everybody and their family.

The 2020 Census is hiring right now. They are looking for part-time employees to help with the accounting of individuals. When the census time comes, you can do it by email, over the phone or in person.

The Sunrise Optimist Club has guest speakers each week at its meetings. If you are interested in hearing some of the community speakers, join the Optimist Club each Wednesday at 7 a.m. at the Lovelace Hospital cafeteria/conference room. If you’d like to know more about the Sunrise Optimist Club and its projects for the youth, join us there also, or contact our membership chairman Roger K. Burnett at 420-9420.

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