2020 Census Car Caravan Weekend

8 Jun 2020, by Kristin Cundiff Share :

The U.S. Census Bureau invites you to participate in the 2020 Census Car Caravan Weekend! A car caravan is a parade of cars that drives through a strategically selected route. Each car in the caravan displays census messaging to raise awareness of the 2020 Census. Please keep social distancing measures in place per the CDC and your city/county guidelines. Our goal is to increase census participation in communities across the country.

Date:  June 19th-21st

Location: You choose! Select a car caravan route that includes communities with low 2020 Census self-response rates for maximum impact. Track the response rates in your community here: https://2020census.gov/en/response-rates.html

Suggested caravan participants: You can identify car caravan event organizers and invite car caravan participants from a variety of trusted voices in your community. For example:

  • Elected Officials: Invite an elected official from a low self-response area to participate in a Census Car Caravan.
  • Non-profit Organizations: Select a non-profit organization with influence and reach in communities with low response rates.

Things to consider: It may be helpful to consider the following as you plan your car caravan event:

  • Identify a primary point of contact to provide communication and logistical support for the event
  • Map out a clear route, taking into consideration the number of confirmed participants (cars), stoplights, etc.
  • Secure relevant city approvals, including from the police department (escort or non-escort)
  • Plan a local social media campaign to promote your car canvassing event
  • Plan a local social media campaign to promote your car canvassing event

Don’t forget that Idaho will receive approximately $1,473 per resident in Idaho per year in federal funding. This is our opportunity to get the most accurate count we can.

IAC would love to see what your county puts together! Please send photos of your census caravan and any other events promoting the census to Kristin.