Senior Services. Health clinics. Fire departments. Schools. Even roads and highways. The census can shape many different aspects of our community.
· Census results help determine how billions of dollars in federal funding flow into states and communities each year.
· The results determine how many seats in Congress each state gets.
· It's mandated by the U.S. Constitution in Article 1, Section 2: The U.S. has counted its population every 10 years since 1790.
Think of your morning commute: Census results influence highway planning and construction, as well as grants for buses, subways, and other public transit systems.
Or think of your local schools: Census results help determine how money is allocated for the Head Start program and for grants that support teachers and special education.
Or think about housing: Census results can help determine housing assistance for older adults for the next decade.
The list goes on: including programs to support rural areas, to restore wildlife, to prevent child abuse or to prepare for wildfires.
The results of the 2020 Census will help communities plan for the future. And they will shape how hundreds of millions of dollars in federal funding are distributed across the country—for business development, rural education, and much more.
Curious about what other programs are impacted by census data? Download this report to see a full list.
Responding to the Census
The 2020 Census is happening now. You can complete your questionnaire online, by phone, or by mail.The 2020 Census asks a few simple questions about you and everyone who was living with you on April 1, 2020.
Please note that if you are responding online, you must complete the census in one sitting, as you don't have the ability to save your progress. You can see the questions the census asked.
Even if you did not receive an invitation to respond from the Census Bureau, you may respond online or visit our Contact Us page to call our phone line.
The Census Bureau began mailing paper questionnaires in mid-April to homes that had not yet responded. If you have not already responded, please complete and mail back your form as soon as you receive it. And if you prefer, you still have the option of responding online or by phone instead.
Island County: Phase 3: What does that mean for the Camano Center and 2nd Chance Thrift Shop?
We have now successfully entered into the Governor’s Phase 3 as a county. Many inquiries have been coming in asking when the Thrift Shop and the Center will open up. As an organization that’s mission is to connect, enrich, and support our community (with an emphasis on seniors aging in place successfully), we are being very cautious in resuming activities before Phase 4.
There are still many restrictions in Phase 3 to opening up. We must adhere to multiple requirements including but not limited to: purchasing sneeze guards for every area that has a volunteer or staff behind a counter, limiting the capacity of the building to 50 people (includes staff and volunteers), requiring masks and providing them to all staff and volunteers, providing hand sanitizer to everyone, cleaning all surfaces between customers, re arranging flow of traffic with signage and arrows, educating staff and volunteers, screening staff and volunteers for symptoms, documenting our efforts, and having a COVID19 trained supervisor on site during open hours.
We have found a successful way to have thrift sales outside to keep our volunteers, staff, and community safe. We are focusing our efforts to having 3-4 more sales in June and July. We will have limited entertainment planned for the Center, but cannot resume daily operations such as social games, lunch and health and wellness classes until Phase 4. Watch our website and Facebook for dates.
Thank you for showing such support to the success of the Camano Center and the 2nd Chance Thrift Shop, and caring about the future. You are the reason essential services are continuing despite being closed for the past 4 months. You are responsible for these programs continuing:
It’s been a full four months that we have been closed to members and our community at both the Center and the Thrift Shop. I have to be honest and tell you that right around week two I was wondering if we would still be in business come April. Financially we were already in a tough situation (February was the first month since I’d arrived that we operated without a deficit) then to have all income sources shut down, was a very scary and sad reality.
The thing I hadn’t counted on, was how amazing and generous all of YOU would be! You have kept the help coming in so many ways, and enabled a very small team (reduced by 85%) to continue giving essential services to our community despite having the doors shut! Here is what YOU have done for others with your generosity:
We are staying in very close contact with our healthcare experts, government officials, and Island County leadership to follow the safest plans to slowly open up what we can. Until then we are utilizing the internet to sell items from our Thrift shop on eBay and Facebook, and hope to have a few big parking lot sales (adequately spaced out) as soon as it’s safe. We have a local church holding service in the parking lot on Sundays (in their cars) and planning for more ways to utilize our grounds over the next months prior to being able to open the buildings. Our biggest responsibility is to our community, especially those in the population that are most vulnerable, so we will not be rushing into opening up the shop and center without restrictions. We all want to get back to being social, shopping, attending events and programs, and earning income rather than asking…but it has to be done cautiously.
Many people have asked when the thrift shop will open, or why it isn’t already. The short answer is that it isn’t that easy. I have a 3 page document that outlines what we need to do from the Governor’s office. Just a few of the items are: purchasing sneeze guards for every area that has a volunteer or staff behind a counter, limiting the number of shoppers, having mandatory masks and sanitizer available, cleaning between customers, re arranging flow of traffic, educating workers, having limitations on staff and volunteers over 65 years old, screening employees and volunteers for symptoms, and having a COVID19 trained supervisor on site at all hours open. We have to weigh in all of the cost and risk of these things to the profit that can be made. (Now you know why we are looking at outside sales!)
My sincerest goal is to be a stronger non-profit for our community after weathering this storm both in what we can handle, and financially. We take the responsibility of each and every donation given by you, very seriously. Nothing is being spent unless absolutely necessary in order to provide the services we are able to right now. The amazing staff here are cutting back further and wanting to volunteer instead of being paid (which there are rules against)! Everyone is humbled by your support of them and our mission.
Thank you for showing such support to the success of the Camano Center and the 2nd Chance Thrift Shop. I am not exaggerating when I say that your donations are all that are keeping the essential services going. YOU are responsible for the good that has been occurring on our island! I thank you from the very bottom of my heart, and can safely thank you on behalf of our Board, staff and volunteers too! We are a special community for certain.
606 Arrowhead Road
Camano Island, WA 98282
Monday - Friday Closed
2nd Chance Thrift Shop
1335 State Route 532
Camano Island, WA 98282
Monday - Saturday: Closed
Tuesday - Thursday: Call for information
Saturday: Call for information