Today the Census Portrait of America Road Tour will be in Helena-West Helena for the Phillips County Census Rally from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Today the Census Portrait of America Road Tour will be in Helena-West Helena for the Phillips County Census Rally from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  According to Mayor James Valley this will be a good time for any person seeking employment to meet recruiters from the Census Bureau.
People also will be able to speak to census staff, find out how the census impacts us, and participate by creating video clips that will be aired on Face book and other social networking sites.
“Participation (or the lack of participation) in the Census is something that will affect Helena-West Helena and Phillips County for at least the next 10 years,” said Valley.  “It is extremely important that the people residing in Phillips County complete and return their Census questionnaires.”
Since the U.S. Constitution requires that everyone residing in the United States be counted, a census has been taken every 10 years since 1790. 
The Census Bureau must count all inhabitants, both citizens and non-citizens. It is important that residents understand that law protects the information collected during the census, and everyone who works for the census must swear under penalties of law that they will never disclose any personal information about respondents.
Also law prohibits the Census Bureau from sharing the information collected with anyone - including other federal agencies and law enforcement.
The Census Bureau plans to count everyone regardless of their living situation and has special procedures that will ensure that unusual housing individuals including the homeless will be counted. It cannot be stressed enough, the importance of everyone living in Helena-West Helena and Phillips County completing and returning the census questionnaire. Anyone who does not participate in the census is hurting his/her community. 
When you receive your census questionnaire, please complete it and mail it back.  If you fail to complete it and mail it back, someone employed by the Census Bureau will visit your home to assist you in completing the questionnaire.
“In the past Phillips County has had less than a 70 percent return rate on the questionnaire,” commented Valley.  “Let’s try to increase that percentage to at least 90 percent. 
The public is strongly encouraged to stop by the Phillips County Census Rally between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. today and learn more about the importance of the census to the community.