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Talent Contest!

The 2020 Census is here! We invite you to showcase your talents while helping promote the importance of the census.

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Your Invitation To Respond!

The 2020 Census is happening now. Help shape your future, and your community's future, by responding to the 2020 Census. Please complete your form online, by phone, or by mail when your invitation to respond arrives. Visit my2020census.gov to begin..

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Are you Curious About the Response Rate in your Community?

Stay up to date with a map of self-response rates from across the United States and encourage others in your community to respond to the 2020 Census.

Census 2020

Once a decade, America comes together to count every resident in the United States, creating national awareness of the importance of the census and its valuable statistics. The decennial census was first taken in 1790, as mandated by the Constitution. It counts our population and households, providing the basis for reapportioning congressional seats, redistricting, and distributing more than $675 billion in federal funds annually to support states, parishes, and communities’ vital programs — impacting housing, education, transportation, employment, health care, and public policy.

What is a census?

Every ten years, the United States conducts a census, which provides an official count of the U.S. population and information about demographic changes that occurred over the past ten years. Your community benefits the most when the census counts everyone. The count is mandated by the Constitution and conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau, a nonpartisan government agency.

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What is my role?

Participate: The success of the census depends on everyone’s participation. It is a way to participate in our democracy and say, "I COUNT."
Partner: The Census Bureau depends on cross-sector collaborations with organizations and individuals to get people to participate. Partners are critical to the success of a complete and accurate count in 2020.

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What are the benefits?

Federal funds, grants, and support to states, parishes, and communities are based on population totals and breakdowns by age, race, and other factors. A community benefits the most when the census counts everyone. The results are critically important because this once-a-decade census data helps businesses, researchers, and communities make decisions.

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Stay up to date on news and events related to the 2020 Census by visiting the United States Census Bureau website.




Census day is April 1st, 2020, but a lot is already being done to prepare for the census at both the national and local levels. Learn More..


It's safe, fast, and important. Come April 2020, you'll have three convenient ways of taking the census.


The 2020 Census will be the first to allow you to respond online in 13 different languages. Read More...


As in previous years, you can fill out and submit a paper census form by mail.


If you would prefer to speak with a census enumerator, you can call in your census response. Read More...

How does the Census impact you?

The 2020 Census will provide a snapshot of our nation — our population, where we live, and so much more. Federal funds, grants and support to states, parishes, and communities are based on population totals and breakdowns by sex, age, race, and other factors. Your community benefits the most when the census counts everyone.

Redrawing of congressional district boundaries

State officials use the results to redraw the boundaries of their congressional and state legislative districts, adapting to population shifts.

Allocation of federal funding

The federal government bases a large amount of its spending decisions on census data. Information from the census is used to determine how the funds are allocated for federally funded services such as housing for low-income families, transportation, public safety, hospitals and health care, etc.

Influences economic development decisions

Businesses use census data to decide where to build factories, offices, and stores, which creates jobs. Developers use the census to build new homes and revitalize old neighborhoods. Local governments use the census for public safety and emergency preparedness. Residents use the census to support community initiatives involving legislation, quality of life, and consumer advocacy.

Terrebonne Complete Count Committee

The Complete Count Committees (CCC) program is key to creating awareness educating communities all across the country.

Terrebonne Parish held stakeholder meetings to begin developing strategies to reach all our residents in the 2020 Census. The committee is charged with obtaining an accurate and complete population count for Terrebonne Parish by educating residents on why the census is important and motivating them respond to the 2020 Census. The committee facilitates the planning and implementation of the committee’s outreach and engagement strategies at all levels.

Steering Committee

The chairperson collaborates with the highest elected official or community leaders to select subcommittee members. The Steering Committee is responsible for coordinating subcommittee work, providing guidance on best community engagement practices, and serving as liaison between committee co-chairs and subcommittees.

Steering Committee Members
  • Alton Johnson, Child Welfare & Attendance Supervisor, Terrebonne Parish School District
  • Angi Charpentier, Development Supervisor, Terrebonne Parish Information Technology
  • Brian Rodrigue, Network Administrator, Terrebonne Parish Information Technology
  • Cassie Parker, Planner, South Central Planning & Development Commission
  • Christopher Pulaski, Director, Terrebonne Parish Planning and Zoning
  • John Foret, Dulac Community Center
  • Katie Dehart, Isle de Jean Charles Band of BCC
  • Kim Vauclin, Child Welfare & Attendance Supervisor, Terrebonne Parish School District
  • Lawrence DeHart, Director, Terrebonne Churches Food Bank
  • Mary Cosper-LeBoeuf, Director, Terrebonne Parish Library
  • Nicole M. Bourgeois, PhD, LMFT, Catholic Charities
  • Reggie Dupre, Director, Terrebonne Levee & Conservation District
  • Tara Lambeth, Assistant Director, Terrebonne Parish Planning and Zoning


Executive directors from community organizations, Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) directors, leaders of fraternities and sororities, membership and non-membership organizations, and advocacy groups. Most major cities have offices that cater to the needs of immigrant, refugee, and minority populations, etc.

  • Coordinates the building of coalitions with community organizations that serve the special needs of various racial, ethnic, cultural, civic, fraternal and advocacy groups, immigrants, and people with disabilities.


Educational leaders, superintendents, principals, school district administrators, charter school administrators, teachers, students, Parent Teacher Organizations (PTOs), teacher organizations, and university housing coordinators.

  • Creates, facilitates, and coordinates census awareness activities among the various educational levels from prekindergarten to post-graduate, including day care centers, Head Start programs, and parochial, private, charter, and home schools.
  • Raises awareness through adult education and English Language Learner Programs.

Elected officials, city/parish planners, demographers, cartographers, and municipal employees.

  • Represents local government in all programs between the Census Bureau and local government, such as new construction programs and others.
  • Elected officials are aware of and are included in committee activities.


Local media representatives, communication directors, bloggers, publishers and editors of neighborhood newspapers, graphic designers, social media users, and ethnic media representatives.

  • Assists the committee in communicating census messages to all.
  • Facilitates communication of the committee messages through multiple channels, such as ethnic media, local newsletters, electronic bulletins, local Web sites, and social media venues.
  • Assists the community organizations in utilizing census toolkit materials that enable organizations to innovate.
  • Counters false and misinformation about the census.
Tribal Government

Community members authorized, on behalf of their tribal government, to conduct a Census 2020 awareness campaign throughout the tribe’s jurisdiction and motivate residents to respond to the 2020 Census.

News and Events

Stay up to date with the latest news and find upcoming events near you for CountDaBayou - Census 2020.

Upcoming Events

Census Day at the Main Library


Past Events

Census 2020 Outreach
Christmas Festival
December 7th

Event Date: 12/7/2019

Census 2020 Outreach
Downtown Demonstration Day
December 13th and 14th

Event Date: 12/13/2019 & 12/14/2019

Census 2020 Outreach
Boat & RV show
January 10th - 12th

Event Date: 01/10/2020 - 01/12/2020

Census 2020 Outreach
SOUPer bowl
Jan 25, 2020

Event Date: 01/25/2020

Maria Immacolata Church Resource Fair
Jan 25, 2020

Event Date: 01/25/2020

Census 2020 Outreach
Point in Time Survey
Jan 28, 2020

Event Date: 01/28/2020

Census 2020 Outreach
Bayou Region Nonprofit Presentation
Jan 30, 2020

Event Date: 01/30/2020

Census 2020 Outreach
Present to Parish Council
February 19, 2020

Event Date: 02/19/2020

Census 2020 Outreach
Council on Aging Mardi Gras Social for Seniors
February 19, 2020

Event Date: 02/19/2020

Want to learn more?

Census 2020

Census 101

Once a decade, America comes together to count every resident in the United States, creating national awareness of the importance of the census.

News & Events

See the latest news releases and statements from the U.S. Census Bureau. Also, find upcoming events, and useful information for media.

Census Jobs

The U.S. Census Bureau is recruiting thousands of people across the country to assist with the 2020 Census count.


Stay up to date on news and events related to the 2020 Census by visiting the United States Census Bureau website.

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