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Census 2020 Ice Cream Challenge Kicks Off Today


Media Contact: Kathie Sizemore: (216) 441-8813; kathleen.sizemore@jfs.ohio.gov

Countywide End of Summer Challenge to Boost Census Response

- Cuyahoga County is counting down the last 30 days of the 2020 Census with a sweet summer challenge. Today, the County’s Census 2020 Complete Count Committee kicked off a “Census 2020 Ice Cream Challenge” to mayors and residents in cities throughout the County.

The goal of the Ice Cream Challenge is to boost the County’s 2020 Census response rate, which is currently at 65.1 percent. The County will track the growth in 2020 Census response rates in all 59 Cuyahoga County communities for the next 30 days. The mayor of the community with the greatest increase in Census completions through Sept. 18 will receive $500 in Honey Hut Ice Cream to deliver to the non-profit of their choice. The mayor of the community with the greatest growth in responses through Sept. 30 will receive $2,000 in Honey Hut Ice Cream to deliver to the non-profit of their choice.

County Executive Armond Budish was at the Cuyahoga County Public Library’s Parma-Snow Branch today for the kick-off with City of Parma Mayor Tim DeGeeter.

“This ice cream challenge is a light-hearted way to get to a really important result and that is increasing our response rate,” said Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish. “It is vital that we get an accurate count and that means that anyone who hasn’t responded needs to do so today! And if you have already filled out your census, make sure that your neighbors and friends have done so.”

At the kickoff, members of the County’s Complete Count Committee answered questions and assisted residents in completing their Census. Representatives from Honey Hut Ice Cream served ice cream samples to attendees.

The 2020 Census Ice Cream Challenge is being funded by the Complete Count CLE coalition, which includes The Char and Chuck Fowler Family Foundation, The George Gund Foundation, Saint Luke’s Foundation, New Venture Fund, Cleveland Foundation, Cleveland VOTES, Ohio Census Advocacy Coalition, and the Children's Defense Fund-Ohio.

The U.S. Constitution mandates that the Census count every person in the country once every ten years in the place where they live. The data collected helps determine federal representation and the distribution of more than $675 billion in federal funding for infrastructure, education, housing, healthcare and more.

The response period for the 2020 Census ends September 30. You can complete your Census over the phone at 844-330-2020 or online at my2020census.gov.

To track real-time Census Ice Cream Challenge rankings, visit http://executive.cuyahogacounty.us/en-US/2020-Census.aspx.