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Project HELP sets up event to distribute free cleaning supplies, remind residents to take 2020 Census


Above / On May 13, members of the Cress Creek Garden Club planted lots of color at the entrance to the DuPage Children’s Museum, located at 301 N. Washington Street. On Fri., May 15, folks are welcome to visit the DCM parking lot to pick up free cleaning supplies.

Naperville area nonprofit organizations are set to work together from 9AM to 11:30AM Fri., May 15, to distribute free cleaning supplies to the community while also promoting Census 2020 participation.

The distribution will take place in the parking lot of the DuPage Children’s Museum, located at 301 N. Washington Street, organizers said.

The effort is being led by Project HELP, a program of YWCA Metropolitan Chicago, along with partners DuPage Children’s Museum, Exchange Club of Naperville, and

“Because of efforts and cooperation such as this is why Naperville still leads the country with 77.7% Self Response Rate,” noted Mark Rice, Naperville liaison for the 2020 Census Complete Count Committee.
“Thanks to Dawn Portner of the Exchange Club of Naperville and Abby Johnson of Project HELP in making this happen,” he added.

Note: Naperville Police Department will be onsite to volunteer and direct traffic.

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Project HELP will lead the group of Naperville nonprofit organizations to distribute free cleaning supplies to anyone in need as an effort to help keep DuPage County residents safe from COVID19 and distribute information to spread awareness about the importance of completing the 2020 Census. The census is a constitutional mandate to count every person living in the United States once every 10 years. Statistics created from census data are used to make decisions about our community. 

“Naperville stands to lose at least $1,400 per year in funding for each person undercounted
($14,000 per person over the next decade) and Illinois could lose two Congressional seats,” noted Rice in a news release. “Without adequate representation, our communities may not be fully considered in policy decisions or funding. Businesses use census data to decide where to open new facilities and what types of services to offer. Developers use census data to plan where to build new homes and revitalize neighborhoods. Transportation planners use census data to plan roads and public transit routes.”

Rice continued, “Local governments use census data to determine where to build schools, libraries, and parks. Census data will determine how more than $675 billion in federal funds will be distributed each year over the next decade. Federal funds support many types of government services such as infrastructure, health, social welfare, and education.

To complete your census call 844-330-2020 or visit www.my2020census.gov.

The cleaning supplies are funded by Illinois Department of Human Services through YWCA
Metropolitan Chicago as part of the 2020 Census Grant Program. YWCA Metropolitan Chicago is a Regional Intermediary selected by the state of Illinois to assist in maximizing Illinois’ success in the 2020 Census.

Public Safety Notice regarding protocols

Practice social distancing and stay inside your vehicle at all times. This event will be a drive-by distribution.

“All supplies will be brought to your vehicle by a volunteer in protective gear to keep you and our community safe,” Rice added.

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