Be Counted! The 2020 Census is underway now and it is critically important that every household take part in the survey so that our city can receive its fair share of millions of dollars in federal funding for community projects and initiatives that will help shape the future of Palm Springs for generations to come.

With that in mind, next week Mayor pro tem Christy Holstege, Councilmember Grace Garner and the City’s “Complete Count Census Committee” will launch “Census Action Week,” July 7-11, in several underserved neighborhoods.

The U.S. Census takes place every 10 years and is more than just a head count. It provides a picture of our nation that helps determine where to build new schools, hospitals, and businesses; how federal funding is distributed; and how Congressional seats are apportioned. It also helps the government see how many communities have changed over time.

Here is the list of upcoming “Census Action Week” events:

  • Tuesday, July 7 – Social Media Day: The Committee will outreach to the Palm Springs community about the importance of completing the Census through social media messaging on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and NextDoor.
  • Wednesday, July 8 – Caravan Outreach Day, 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Committee members will caravan in several vehicles passing out Census information in underserved neighborhoods in Palm Springs, including Coyote Run, Golden Sands Sunrise Village and the Veterans Tract neighborhood.
  • Thursday, July 9  FIND Food Bank Mobile Pantry Food Giveaway, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. at James O. Jessie Desert Highland Unity Center, 480 W. Tramview Road. Committee members will be on hand to pass out information about how to take the Census.
  • Friday, July 10 & Saturday, July 11, 8:45 p.m. Drive-in movie premiere of the new Andy Samberg film “Palm Springs” in the parking lot of the Palm Springs Cultural Center, 2300 E. Baristo Road. Committee members will be on hand passing out Census information in an effort to raise awareness. For more information about tickets,