The Charlotte Area Association of Black Journalists is supporting the U.S. Census Bureau and the Urban League of Central Carolinas by volunteering in a "hard-to-count" Census tract on March to the Mailbox Day, which is recognized nationwide on April 10.
CAABJ has signed up to work in Charlotte Census Tract 23, which is the Billingsley Road/Grier Heights area. Several CAABJ members will be manning a booth on Saturday, April 10, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the parking lot of Bojangles', 3129 Monroe Road. CAABJ chose this as a high-traffic area to distribute information and materials that will remind residents of this community to return their Census form to ensure that their neighborhood is properly counted. This will allow them to receive their fair share of federal funds for roads, schools, parks, community centers, and other services.
The U.S. Census Bureau has provided CAABJ, as well as several other organizations that signed up to volunteer a couple of weeks ago at a meeting at the Urban League, with dozens of Census promotional items such as T-shirts, hats, flyers, and lawn signs to distribute. CAABJ is happy to do its part to support this great community outreach effort.