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2020 Census

All it takes is 10 minutes to make an impact for the next 10 years. It’s safe, easy and convenient. You can take the Census using a computer, mobile phone, telephone or paper form. The most important thing you can do is be counted.

When you take the Census, you can impact:

  • the number of seats we have in Congress; 

  • funding for community needs likes roads, schools, emergency services, housing, senior services, and youth programs; and 

  • job opportunities in your community.


The 2020 Census will not ask for your citizenship status, religious affiliation, social security number, financial information or donations.

Partner Profile

WNC Communities

Western North Carolina Communities became Dogwood’s first key partner for Census outreach. “I had been pushing the Census with our communities already, and some of them were working hard, but all on a volunteer basis,” says Wells. “By the time I talked with Betsey at Dogwood, I had keen awareness of how our communities were being impacted by COVID. 
Many rent their centers to pay light bills and keep the doors open, and they couldn’t do that now. The amount of hours they put in on the produce boxes and the Census – it’s all volunteer. A light bulb went off for me, because this Census approach gives them extra incentive that goes right back into their communities. Those who didn’t realize how important their centers are now see themselves as important hubs – distributing food boxes and getting people counted to help WNC, our counties and bringing in much needed financial help. It’s a win all the way around, leveraging money into the region and at the same time directly helping people in need.”

“When this organization started 70 years ago, leaders like George Cecil realized it shouldn’t be top-heavy, and that people in their communities know their communities best, and what will work well there. If you trust them, the majority of people rise to those good expectations. They want to be helpful and make their communities proud.”

– Terri Wells

Area Served:
20 WNC Counties and EBCI.

Annual Budget:

Dogwood Partner in:

  • COVID-19 food distribution
  • 2020 CENSUS

Dogwood 2020 Funding:

  • COVID food distribution – $3,500 
  • ION grant – $10,000 
  • CENSUS outreach – $32,202 (to date)