YWCA has recently launched YWomen Count, a national campaign to support the 2020 Census.
The census is not just a head count, but determines political representation, allocation of more than $675 billion in state and federal funding to communities each year, and so much more. As a national organization, YWCA is a trusted voice to some of the most vulnerable communities in the country. Through this campaign, we will make sure our communities are counted fairly and accurately in 2020.
A full, fair, and accurate census, and the collection of useful, objective data about our nation’s people, housing, economy, and communities, is vitally important to the strength and stability of our nation. Further, it is crucial to securing the strength and vitality of YWCAs, like YWCA New Britain, and other nonprofit organizations that receive federal funding to provide sexual violence, child care, housing, nutrition, health, and other critical services.
As in so many facets of our society, marginalized communities have been disproportionately undercounted in the census. These “hard-to-count” groups have historically included communities of color, young children of color, immigrant communities, persons experiencing homelessness, formerly incarcerated individuals, those living below the poverty line, and many other marginalized communities and identities that YWCA's work centers around.
YWCA is taking up the fight: together we can ensure a full, fair, and accurate census. Promoting an accurate census gets to the very heart of YWCA’s mission: eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all.
We only have one shot at the Census every 10 years -- YWCA must take the 2020 Census as a call to action -- a call to engage every employee, member, donor, and individual we serve.
Click here to visit the #YWomenCount website. You can get more information about the census, and show your commitment to completing the census by signing our pledge. Also be sure to follow us on social media as we share more information and resources, and use the #YWomenCount hashtag on your own posts.