Seven neighborhood associations battled to win the 2020 Census Virtual Response Challenge on Thursday; and while one took the title, all neighborhoods were winners for boosting the area’s census response.
With the highest number of responses, the Chihuahuita Neighborhood Association came out as the top neighborhood filling out their Census questionnaires.
As winners, members of the Chihuahuita Neighborhood Association will celebrate with a pizza party sponsored by El Paso Electric.
The Chihuahuita Neighborhood Association, along with the six competing neighborhood associations, boosted the Census response rates in each of its respective areas of El Paso by encouraging community members to complete the 2020 Census questionnaire with personalized assistance from the Census Bureau during the contest.
“The El Paso Neighborhood Coalition is more engaged with the 2020 Census campaign than ever. The Neighborhood Coalition is part of a resilient community and adaptability that defines us,” President of the Neighborhood Coalition Fabiola Campos Lopez states,
“For that same reason, we are dedicated to support with the Virtual Questionnaire Assistance platforms and resources made available by the U.S. Census to succeed in our mission: to reach a 100% Complete Count.”
Communities benefit the most when the census counts everyone. A complete and accurate Census count helps determine political representation and impacts how billions of dollars in federal funds are distributed to communities each year towards critical needs in the area:
- Helping to put roads
- Parks in the neighborhood
- Hospitals where they are needed most
- New schools in the area and other vital programs.
Local census officials said the collaboration efforts between the U.S. Census Bureau and the El Paso Neighborhood Coalition for the 2020 Census Response Challenge demonstrate the unified efforts to support Census participation in El Paso where low respond rates may be present.
“The Neighborhood Associations are Trusted Voices in the city which help build stronger communities through advocacy and by organizing activities within their neighborhoods,” officials added.
The Census Bureau strongly encourages the public to respond online at 2020census.gov, by phone, or by completing and returning the paper form by mail.
The seven participating neighborhood associations in the competition were:
- Southside Neighborhood Association
- Borderland Neighborhood Association
- Chivas Town Neighborhood Association
- North Hills Neighborhood Association
- Chihuahuita Neighborhood Association
- Playa Neighborhood Association
- Pueblo Viejo Neighborhood Association