Issue #2: March 5, 2020

Do you want to be a
Census Ambassador?

The job of Census Ambassador is to provide the public with solid, factual information about the Census as well as answer questions the public may have. Topics include: Why completing the census is so important, confidentiality, what the Census asks, the Census timeline, and where to get assistance in completing the digital Census. You won't actually help people complete the Census, but you will help spread the word.

Census Ambassadors will staff tables at busy points throughout the City, including the Library lobby, as well as at events. We will arm you with plenty of fact sheets to distribute.

Interested? Register for a brief, 20-minute training session at the Library. Sessions will be on Wednesday, March 11 at 6:00 p.m.; Friday, March 13 at 2:00 p.m.; and Wednesday, March 18 at 10:15 a.m.

And if you know of a good event we should attend, let us know! Contact Brian Kenney ( or Eileen McClain (, co-chairs of the White Plains Complete Count Committee.

El Centro Hispano to Offer Assistance

We are grateful that El Centro Hispano will be offering assistance—in Spanish and English—in completing the Census. Located at 346 South Lexington Avenue, El Centro will provide help every hour they are open in March and April. Call 914-289-0500 for times.

And don’t forget: the White Plains Public Library will also help folks complete the Census every hour the Library is open, from March through May. Just stop by 100 Martine Avenue and get it done!

Did You Know?

Data from the Census will be used for the next ten years for many things—including determining New York State’s representation in Congress as well as local districting. Census data is also used for the distribution of about $880 Billion of federal funds to local municipalities according to a December 2018 report from the George Washington Institute on Policy.

The Census Bureau estimates that every person that is not counted equals a loss of approximately $2,500 per year to local municipalities. This means that every 400 people who are not counted equates to a loss of about $1 Million in funding - each year. That's why we're taking this seriously!

Tips for Avoiding Fraud and Scams

Avoiding Scams Online
Phishing is a criminal act in which someone tries to get your information by pretending to be an entity that you trust. Phishing emails often direct you to a website that looks real but is fake—and may be infected with malware.

It is important to know that the Census Bureau will not send unsolicited emails to request your participation in the 2020 Census. Further, during the 2020 Census, the Census Bureau will never ask for:
  • Your Social Security number.
  • Your bank account or credit card numbers.
  • Money or donations.
In addition, the Census Bureau will not contact you on behalf of a political party.

Staying Safe at Home
If someone visits your home to collect a response for the 2020 Census, you can do the following to verify their identity:
  • First, check to make sure that they have a valid ID badge, with their photograph, a U.S. Department of Commerce watermark, and an expiration date.
  • If you still have questions about their identity, you can call 800-923-8282 to speak with a local Census Bureau representative.
Reporting Suspected Fraud
If you suspect fraud, call 800-923-8282 to speak with a local Census Bureau representative. If it is determined that the visitor who came to your door does not work for the Census Bureau, contact your local police department.

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