Census reaches out to calm immigrants’ fears in advance

DENVER, CO – Water bottles handed out to participants in a vigil in Greeley last week and a march last May, treats handed out to Somali kids living in Weld County and the search for interpreters fluent in the languages of Burma and Bhutan all are part of the U.S. Census Bureau’s efforts to find its way to hard-to-count populations in Colorado.

The census will begin its once-a-decade count in March, and the bureau is working to make sure new immigrants and other peer groups wary of government are included in the tally. The numbers make a difference to communities because the counts are used to determine funding for things as varied as schools and social services.

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