Organization Names: The NC Counts Coalition and the A. Philip Randolph Institute
NC Counts Coalition: Raleigh, North Carolina
A. Philip Randolph Institute: Washington, D.C.
About: The NC Counts Coalition serves as a hub to facilitate coordination among government entities, planning and community organizations, service providers, businesses, and others to achieve a complete and accurate 2020 Census count in North Carolina.
The A. Philip Randolph Institute's mission is to improve economically disadvantaged families' quality of life by providing resources that foster self-empowerment and self-sufficiency.
Both organizations strive to address community needs through a complete 2020 Census count. Every week, NC Counts Coalition and ARPI staff members and volunteers load a large truck with pallets of food and daily essentials. While making the rounds, they also spread important messages about the 2020 Census—encouraging community members to respond now and be counted during each truck-to-trunk encounter. Every delivery of food includes census literature and a verbal reminder to self-respond now.
"The 2020 Census has been challenging, especially in the African American hard-to-count community. However, I have resolved to focus on the resources that my organization can provide for people who live in those communities and for all of North Carolina."
—Wayne G. Bostic, President, North Carolina APRI
"With the many challenges we face in our country, it's been great to do our part in serving communities across the great state of North Carolina. We know how census data will impact these communities during and after this pandemic, and it's our job to ensure we advocate and educate our community members on the importance of being counted. It's important to feed our community with the nutrition it needs to be active and engaged. It's also important we feed our community with the information needed to be civically engaged going forward."
—Durrell Johnson, Communication and Outreach Director, NC Counts Coalition