We are launching the NJ Friends and Family Census Outreach Project. It’s very basic and built on the notion of a phone tree. And it’s easily done from the comfort of your home.
How does it work? – Ask at least five (5) friends, neighbors or family members to fill out their Census form. And then ask those who agree to call 5 of their friends and family members. And so on, and so on. The concept is in keeping with the idea that trusted voices will be the ones to convince others to fill out the Census. And who is more trusted than friends, neighbors or family members?
We’ve provided everything you need for to get started making calls. This toolkit includes a basic call script with information about what needs to be done to easily fill out the Census; why it’s safe and why it’s so important to a community’s residents and families. It also includes an online feedback form, which can be filled out anonymously, to tell us about our progress.
|Printable Call Script in English||Printable Call Script in Spanish|
|Printable Introduction Letter in English||Printable Introduction Letter in Spanish|
Hi____. This is________. I’m calling to see how you’re doing. I also want to let you know that I’m volunteering (if appropriate say the name of the community organization you’re helping or work for) to remind people who I know to fill out their Census.
Ask #1 – I’ve filled my Census. Have you had a chance to fill out yours?
If “Yes” – Great. Thanks. That will really help our community and our families.
If “No” – Are you planning to fill it out?
Ask #2 - (If “Yes” to filling out Census) – We are trying to get the word out to as many people in the community as possible to fill out the Census. I think that these calls to people we know are really important to help us get an accurate and complete count.
Can you help out by calling at least five (5) friends, family members or neighbors in the next few days to ask them to fill out the Census?
Thanks again for filling out your Census/Thank you for agreeing to help. It’s appreciated and it will make a difference.
When you’ve completed your calls it would be much appreciated if you take a minute to let us know how it went:
If someone says – “I thought the Census was over on April 1st” – Tell them that April 1st was Census Day, and it was just the beginning. Not the end. There’s still time to fill it out!