The Census and You! / ¡Tu y el Censo!

For months, many organizations have been promoting the Census, saying that it affects our everyday lives, but how do the outcomes affect you and on what scale? The Census determines each state’s apportionment of seats in Congress, how our districts are shaped, and the amount of federal funding for local health and social services that support our Beloved Community’s families in need. The Census also influences:

  • Where factories and their retail stores are built
  • Which types of products stores carry and in what quantities
  • Where bus stops and routes are placed
  • Where new homes are built and neighborhoods will go
  • Whether to fix roads and bridges
  • The availability of public benefits, including food stamps and health insurance
  • The number of teachers at each school
  • The number and placement of stoplights and streetlights, including in which communities

These examples are everyday things that will be shaped by your responses to the Census. That is why getting a complete count matters. Every 10 years, people across the country, including in Washington State, complete the Census to calculate an accurate count of all people in the United States.

Filling out the Census is easier than ever before, and it can be done in ten or fewer minutes. Simply go to and select one of the 13 languages to fill out the Census. If you or someone you love needs help completing the Census, reach out to us at 206-957-4605.

Por varios meces, muchas organizaciones han estado promoviendo el censo, y han dicho que el censo afecta nuestras vidas cada día, pero ¿cómo te afectan los resultados y en que escala? El censo determina el número de representantes en cada estado para el congreso, determina como cada distrito o ciudades en los estados son formados, y la cantidad de fondos federales que están localizados para cosas como servicios sociales y para servicios de salud que ayudan nuestros familias y comunidades con necesidades.  El Censo también tiene influencia sobre:

  • Donde fábricas y sus tiendas están construidas
  • Que tipos de productos cargan y cuantas cantidades
  • Donde las paradas del autobús y rutas están localizados
  • Donde nuevas casas están construidas y en cuales vecindades se ponen
  • Cuales calles o puentes que arreglar
  • Disponibilidad de beneficios públicos, incluyendo estampías de comida o seguranza de salud
  • El número de maestras en cada escuela
  • El número y colocación de luces de tráfico y luces de la calle y en cuales comunidades se ponen

Estos ejemplos son cosas que pueden estar modelas por sus respuestas al censo. Por eso es muy importante de contar cada persona. Cada diez años, personas en todo el país completan el censo para calcular precisamente toda la gente en los Estados Unidos.

Llenando el censo es fácil y puede estar completado en menos de diez minutos. Simplemente visite el sitio y seleccioné uno de los 13 idiomas para llenar el censo. Si tu o alguien que usted quiere necesita ayuda llenando el censo llámenos a el número 206-957-4605.

People over Profit during COVID-19

The pandemic is not dishing out its damage equally. Across Washington State, including King County, not all workers have the luxury or privilege to work from home. While working from home during the West Coast’s worst outbreak, farmworkers in Yakima Valley are getting pushed back to the frontlines to maintain our country’s food supply. We are ordered to protect ourselves and prevent the spread of COVID-19 by social distancing and self-isolation, yet the working conditions for farmworkers make those measures nearly impossible.

Farmworkers in the Yakima Valley are concerned about their employers’ weak enforcement of social distancing and sanitation procedures. As essential workers, they are requesting basic protections for all farmworkers during the COVID-19 pandemic. Seeing no progress or promise in sight, farmworkers across six fruit processing plants in the Yakima Valley are peacefully striking back against substandard working conditions. They are asking for the minimum protections:

  • Specific measures to guarantee their health and safety
  • To stop employer retaliation if a worker complains about safety measures not being enforced
  • Hazard pay to reflect the risks they are taking as essential workers, and a permanent hourly wage increase to a just wage that extends beyond the timeframe of the pandemic

Before COVID-19’s onset, farmworkers’ work was characterized by low wages and no benefits, short terms of laborious employment, poor sanitation, and inadequate housing. Today, farmworkers are feeding our communities during a pandemic. They are not expendable and never have been. Yet, during COVID-19, they have to advocate for proper enforcement of protocols to protect fellow essential workers. You can do something to help farmworkers protect their livelihood amidst the COVID-19 crisis:

  1. Take one minute today to tell Governor Inslee to take immediate action to protect Washington State’s farmworkers
  2. Contacting the plant sites and urging them to negotiate with their workers, rather than retaliating against them for striking:
    – Allan Bros. Fruit in Naches, WA | (509) 653-2625
    – Hansen Fruit in Yakima, WA | (509) 457-4153
    – Jack Frost Fruit Co. in Yakima, WA | (509) 248-5231
    – Matson Fruit Co. in Selah, WA | (509) 697-7100
    – Monson Fruit Co. in Selah, WA | (509) 697-9175
    – Columbia Reach in Yakima, WA | (509) 457-8001
  3. Donating to farmworkers’ cause whether through their general GoFundMe page or individual pages by specific sites:
    General GoFundMe
    Matson Fruit
    Monson Fruit
    Jack Frost

Yakima County is the new epicenter of the global pandemic on the West Coast. We are not on the road to recovery until each community receives the assistance they need to make it through the COVID-19 crisis. As Governor Inslee begins our state’s economic recovery efforts, we must not forget the people in our communities that call Washington home. Please join us in taking action.

Update: Emergency Response Fund

Mil gracias to our generous GiveBIG 286 donors who gave to our COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund. You helped raise over $46,000! The Beloved Community’s support makes it possible to provide emergency assistance to families hit hardest by the pandemic. Mil gracias again for your generosity, compassion, and support! The needs continue to grow daily, so please consider making a donation if you have not already.

Due to our community’s needs, our staff have received cross-training to address and respond to assistance requests in a way that is coordinated, thorough, and streamlined. Another part of our Emergency Response Fund effort is staff following up with participants and determining their needs. Meanwhile, staff are also responding to new assistance requests.

From March 16 to May 8, our staff totaled 3,572 phone calls regarding requests for emergency assistance. We have served 150 households with housing assistance, including making rental arrangements with landlords and reminding them of the City of Seattle’s extended moratorium on evictions. We have also provided 100 households with cash assistance so that they can purchase diapers, refill prescriptions, and meet other critical needs. We have helped nearly 500 families with grocery gift cards so that they can buy groceries.

COVID-19 reveals the depths of socioeconomic disparities among racial and ethnic groups and across our systems. We are all hurting, including Latinas who are among those hit hardest by the COVID-19 job losses and the undocumented community. When a family lives paycheck to paycheck, having a job is their only safety net, especially during a pandemic. Among Hispanic or Latino people, confirmed cases jumped by nearly 10 percentage points since mid-April, to 31%, compared with their 13% share of the overall population. Undocumented workers are overrepresented in the restaurant, hospitality, landscaping, and construction industries, and they are most at risk of contracting illnesses.

Because of your support of our Emergency Response Fund, our staff will help struggling families navigate through this crisis by providing assistance with food and rent. If you have not had a chance to donate to our Emergency Response Fund, please consider making a donation now. Every dollar adds up and every dollar goes directly to families in need.


Estela Ortega
Executive Director

Adrian’s COVID-19 Story

Adrian* worked two jobs to meet his family’s needs. Due to the pandemic, he lost one of his jobs and his family of five was significantly impacted. He lost his second job after the Stay Home Stay Healthy Order’s extension.

Adrian was increasingly stressed and concerned about their situation. He had to somehow make rent, in addition to buying groceries and paying for utilities. Your support of our Emergency Response Fund made it possible to provide Adrian’s family with food and rental assistance. He said, “Mi vida ha cambiado drásticamente por la mejor.” (English translation: “My life has changed drastically for the better.”)

Adrian feels blessed that El Centro de la Raza understands and meets the community’s needs. El Centro de la Raza is also providing Adrian’s eldest son a laptop so that he can continue his education from home.

*Individual’s name has been changed to protect their privacy and identity.

The Numbers are Coming In

Currently, King County’s response rate for the Census is 67.6%. The average for Washington State is 63.4%, and 58.1% for the country. By filling out the Census, our communities are saying that we care about what the next ten years are going to look like. Census statistics affect everything from the bus routes in our neighborhoods, the staffing at hospitals, and even who represents us in government. Every single household that fills out the Census is making a difference in their communities.

The response rate for the 2010 Census was only 70.3%. We are so close to meeting and exceeding that percentage from ten years ago. If you have a loved one that has not filled out the Census yet, let them know there is still time! The Census deadline has been extended to October 31st.

It is easier than ever before to fill out the Census. Filling it out online, over the phone, or by mail takes 10 minutes. Just visit to start making a difference in your community. We still have time to make sure that every person is our community is counted. If you have any questions about filling out the Census, or need help filling it out, call us at (206) 957-4605.

Gracias, King County, for showing that you care and that we count!

¡Los números están entrando!

Actualmente, la tasa de respuesta del condado de King para el Censo es 67.6%. El promedio para el estado de Washington es 63.4% y 58.1% para el país. Al llenar el Censo, nuestras comunidades están diciendo que nos preocupa por cómo van a ser los próximos diez años. Los datos del censo afectan todos y influencia las rutas de autobuses en nuestros vecindarios, el personal en los hospitales, e inclusión quien nos representa en el gobierno. Cada hogar que llena el Censo está habiendo una diferencia en sus comunidades. La tasa de respuesta para el Censo de 2010 fue de solo el 70.3%. Estamos tan cercas de reunirnos y superar ese porcentaje de hace diez años. ¡Si usted no ha llenado el Censo, todavía hay tiempo! El plazo del Censo se ha extendido hasta el 31 de octubre.

Es demasiado fácil completar el Censo. Solo toma 10 minutos y se puede llenar en línea, por teléfono o por correo. Solo tiene que visitar

Para empezar a hacer una diferencia en tu comunidad. ¡Todavía tenemos tiempo para asegurarse de que cada persona cuenta! Si tiene alguna pregunta sobre como llenar el Censo, o necesita ayuda para llenarlo, llama al (206) 957-4605. ¡Muchas gracias, Condado de King, por demostrar que te importa y que contamos!