McAllen city officials are finding new ways to reach the community as we approach the start of census season.
The city recently received more than $50,000 in the form of a grant to promote the census, and that includes hiring five part-time outreach workers.
The Valley Baptist Legacy Foundation grant will be used for flyers, postcards, signs, and more.
The bulk of that money will go towards those five positions, who will be working throughout the city to help people fill out their census form online.
The Director of Communications says finding alternative ways to fund these initiatives keeps them from using taxpayer money or other city funds.
“We are looking for those nontraditional ways to fund our outreach efforts and so this is the second grant that we have received and applied for those alternative and unique ways of reaching out to all members of our community,” Xochitl Mora says.
The Census Outreach Specialists will be helping out in the evening hours and on weekends in designated neighborhoods to answer any questions.
They’re expected to begin March 12.