EDINBURG – Hidalgo County is sponsoring the Somos Humanos Todos Contamos Raffle & Telethon as a final way to encourage participation in the 2020 Census.
Hidalgo County Judge Richard F. Cortez feels the Census 2020 count is crucial to the county. “This count will help in defining our community,” said Cortez. “Numbers will directly impact the lives of all county residents through education, healthcare, housing, and more.”
“One of the key factors of the 2020 Census includes funding for the Community Development Block Grants,” said Precinct 1 Commissioner David L. Fuentes. “The CDBG projects help our county fund public infrastructure, create affordable housing, and fight poverty. We are excited to be partnering with the community in this important Census push.”
Somos Humanos Todo Contamos will enter anyone who fills out the U.S. 2020 Census into a raffle to win amazing prizes. Winners will be announced throughout the day, with the big prizes awarded during the live telethon broadcast from the McAllen Performing Arts Center between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m.
“Money that we receive from the completion of the 2020 Census will go towards expanding parks in our county,” said Precinct 2 Commissioner Eduardo “Eddie” Cantu. “This provides a place for families to gather, exercise and it improves the quality of life for every citizen in Hidalgo County.”
Hidalgo County Precinct 4 Commissioner Ellie Torres agrees with the importance of completing the 2020 Census. “The cost of being under counted for the 2020 Census is astronomical,” said Torres. “It is vital we get an accurate count because an undercounted community is an underrepresented and underfunded community.”
Precinct 3 Commissioner Joe M. Flores said he agrees with the importance of the 2020 Census count. “We are stronger when we work together,” said Flores. “We need to make everyone count in order to make improvements for our entire community.”
The broadcast will be seen throughout the day beginning at 8 a.m. on MCN 1300 Spectrum cable, as well as live-streamed and on the McAllen 3-1-1 mobile app or on antenna channel KAZH-LP 57-1. It will also run on the website www.rgv2020.com.