Community Service Council is a member of the Tulsa Regional Complete Count Committee, a group of representatives from local government and neighborhoods, tribes and ethnic communities, social service and planning agencies, foundations and businesses, local churches and the regional chamber of commerce, who joined forces in 2019 to ensure a complete census count for the Tulsa Region in 2020. A complete count in the Decennial Census benefits all Tulsa in many ways, from representation in Congress to federal funding for local services and infrastructure.
Throughout the last year, Tulsa Regional CCC subcommittees based on undercounted populations will plan and implement events and activities throughout the Tulsa region to increase awareness about and encourage participation in the Decennial Census. Two Community Service Council leaders are chairing subcommittees focused on reaching often undercounted populations in Tulsa: CSC’s Maria Elena Kuykendall (of CSC’s Power of Families Project) is co-chairing the Hispanic/Latinx subcommittee, and Barbara Cargill (of CSC’s Burmese Peer Educator Program) co-chairs the Asian subcommittee.
Additionally, Melanie Poulter, CSC’s Director of Innovative Data and Research, serves as a lead on the primary committee Planning Committee. These CSC employees, and others, have been working diligently to promote understanding and awareness of the Census 2020, encouraging everyone who lives in Tulsa to complete the census this year so that our community can be effectively and properly supported by federal funds, and accurately represented.
Additionally, CSC is hosting the webpage – csctulsa.org/tulsa2020 – that contains information on the behind-the-scenes Census 2020 planning work that CSC is helping drive in the community.