March 29-April 5 is Harris County/Houston Census Week! Looking for ways to participate in 2020 Census Week?

We have some ideas (and support) for you here. Something missing? Let us know, or we might be working on it already.



⇥ Update your newsletter

  • We’ve got sample language (coming soon) and graphics

⇥ Update your email signature

⇥ Host an online event

⇥ Facebook/Instagram live

  • Update your profile picture on Facebook:
  • Facebook live or pre-record:
    • Your Census completion
    • Talk about your own experience completing the census
    • Have your team join a Zoom call all wearing yellow while each talks about their favorite reason that the Census matters to them, and how easy it was to complete. Have someone use the sample Census site to demonstrate the questionnaire.
    • Have a watch party to invite people to watch something you’ve pre-recorded. It helps to advertise these in advance.
    • Try a new app:

⇥ Start a social media challenge

  • Have your team or audience take a picture with their completed census screen or update their Facebook profile picture and tag 10 friends (don’t forget to use #HtownCounts) to tag 10 more who will post a pic of them completing the Census or changing their profile picture to the Yes! to the Census Facebook filter.

⇥ Join the Digital Advertising Houston in Action Coordination

⇥ Share content on social media

⇥ Not sure how to pull any of this off? Join our team during office hours to get direct technical support:

⇥ Houston in Action has the following events planned for Census week:

  • MECA Houston hosted a line dancing class while asking people to complete their Census - Tuesday, March 31, 11am
  • Workers Defense Project staff and volunteers will be phone banking. Follow along on social media.
  • Coffee & Census Day Kick-Off with Texas Counts (Zoom) - April 1, 2020 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM CT - Texas Counts - An update on the 2020 Census and our efforts for anyone curious about the Census or already working to get out the count. Learn the significance and impact of COVID-19 on the Census. Review Self-Response Data.  Hear from key Texas Counts partners on how we can all help get out the count throughout the "Motivation" and "Reminder" phases of the 2020 Census.
  • Censo 101! (Facebook Live) - April 1, 2020 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM CT - Jolt Initiative - Tune in for a Spanish training on all things census! Help us spread the word to ensure the largest Latinx count in census history! Help ensure a complete count of Texas by sharing to groups who need a Spanish training! We will be covering the history of the census, what is on the 2020 census and why it's crucial for brown and black communities to get counted.
  • Virtual Census Bash (Facebook Live)- April 1, 2020 11:30 AM - 12:00 PM CT - BakerRipley Cleveland Campus Facebook Group - Help BakerRipley crush inequalities and bring resources to your community! Wear yellow and tag us in your #Census2020 selfie. Remember everyone counts! Zoom Panel with BakerRipley Cleveland Campus and Latinas Rising. Join NALEO Educational Fund and Noticias Telemundo for an Instagram Live session at 4pm EST / 1pm PST where I will be answering viewer questions regarding the 2020 Census via the @noticiastelemundo Instagram account.
  • United We Dream Ask Me Anything on Facebook live - April 1, 2020 12:30 PM CT
  • Census Challenge (Facebook Live) - April 1, 2020 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM CT - Mi Familia Vota -  Why is the census important? How can we encourage people to take the census when we are isolated? Do you have any questions regarding the #Census2020 during the #COVID19 outbreak?
  • Let's Spread the Word Together! Social Media Power Hour (and a half) (Zoom) - April 1, 2020 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM CT - Texas Counts - A social media power hour (and a half) to spread the word about the importance and of the 2020 Census in real-time across several social media channels. We will also complete the Census Counts #CensusChallenge and set up our own "text tree" to leverage our social networks. Just show up! We will have live polling and Q&A on the best social media practices and provide plenty of assets, materials, and shareables.
  • Rethinking the In-Person Ground Game (Zoom) - April 1, 2020 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM CT - Texas Counts - We'll help you identify safe in-person options for repurposing palm cards, swag, and collateral and establish contact with organizations who can help you rethink your outreach. We'll share examples of how other Census Champions across the state and country are doing this successfully. Bring questions! Think about the assets you have that were originally intended for in-person events or canvassing. We'll help you decide how to use them now.
  • Join BPSOS Houston on Facebook live - April 1, 2020 2:00 PM CT
  • Instagram Takeover: Census 101 - April 1, 2020 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM CT - Texas Rising - An undercount in our state would mean millions of dollars not reaching communities that need it the most. Join us as we discuss all things Census -why it matters for young Texans, how to complete the survey and what you can do to educate the ones you love!
  • Instagram Takeover: MFV- April 1, 2020 4:00 PM- 8:00 PM CT- Instagram takeover of the @mifamiliavota page while we answer questions about the census and uplift youth's stories within our community. The event is from 4 pm to 8 pm today!
  • Go Live With Us (Instagram)- April 1, 2020 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM CT - Texas Counts - Hard-to-Count Happy Hour Instagram Live. Follow us on IG and be there on Wednesday afternoon with your favorite cocktail, mocktail, or beverage of choice as we toast to a successful Census Day and complete 2020 Census count. We want to hear from you all, and you certainly don't have to be Census expert to add your voice to the conversation. Let us know by following us on IG and sending a DM.
  • Census Week! Census 101 FB LIVE - April 1, 2020 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM CT - Avenue | Go Neighborhoods Northside Houston -  Join us for a FB LIve Conversation during Census Week in which we will answer FAQs about the ongoing 2020 Census, in which we will also be answering live questions from y'all! The Conversation will be bilingual! (English and Spanish) Remember in this Census, let’s make sure that Everybody Counts! #YesToTheCensus #HTownCounts #SialCenso
  • Join Houston Area Urban League on Facebook live - April 1, 2020 6:00 PM CT
  • Jolt's Census 101! (Google Meet | Phone) - April 1, 2020 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM CT - Jolt - [phone +1 405-696-0233? PIN: ?895 138 610?#] Tune in for a training on all things census and help us spread the word to ensure the largest Latinx count in census history! Help ensure a complete count of Texas by sharing to groups who need a Spanish training! We will be covering the history of the census, what is on the 2020 census and why it's crucial for brown and black communities to get counted.
  • Univision Census Facebook Live - April 1, 2020 7:00 PM - 7:30 PM CT
  • Getting Counted: Practicing Filling out the Census - Thursday, April 2, 10:30-11:30am Join Lucius, Joy, Oscar, and Tania from Houston in Action as we host a Facebook live and each talks about completing the Census and breaks down specific questions (in English). Register here.
  • Empoderando la cuenta: ¡construyendo nuestra decada! - Thursday, April 2, 12-1pm Empoderate el la cuenta de 2020 y conoce tus derechos civiles en el trabajo - ¡no dejes que otros construyan tu decada, tu vida! Conversación abierta con Mi Familia Vota y Proyecto Defensa Laboral sobre el Censo de 2020 y tus derechos. Entérate de como puedes mejorar y proteger la calidad de vida de tu familia y comunidad.
  • ¡Qué sí te cuenten! Llenando el censo - Friday, April 3, 10-11am  Acompaña a Oscar, Tía y Ana de Houston in Action en el Facebook live. Hablarán and each talks about completing the Census and breaks down specific questions  (en español). Register here.
  • Arts Afternoon with Houston in Action members and partners - Saturday, April 4, 3-5pm Join or sign up to participate in a community Zoom video event, featuring performances from local talent. Register here.

⇥ Check out what other members and partners are up to

⇥ If you haven’t already, be sure to check out some recent trainings on our YouTube channel.

⇥ Ready to join an existing effort or share existing content!

⇥ Participate in the Harris County/Houston Yes! to the Census campaign

Contact List

Ana MacNaught
Census Coordinator

Data Questions

Chris Valdez
Communications Director

Frances Valdez
Executive Director

Lucius Miles
Canvasser Manager 

Oscar Hernandez
Community Organizer

Mario Salinas
Community Partner

United Way of Greater Houston 2020 Census Response Grant