Goodwill Partners with the U.S. Census Bureau to Achieve Accurate Count in 2010

Rockville, MD. — Goodwill Industries International has announced that it will partner with the U.S. Census Bureau to achieve a complete and accurate count of the U.S. population in 2010. The partnership is part of a larger effort by the Census Bureau to increase participation in the 2010 Census.
As an organization that provides vital employment services to people in local communities across the country, Goodwill has a unique relationship to the people it serves. By participating in the Census Bureau partnership program, Goodwill continues to demonstrate its connection with and commitment to those communities.
“The count for the U.S. Census is critical to the people who seek our help through job training programs, employment placement services and overall support services,” said Jim Gibbons, president and CEO of Goodwill Industries International. “Goodwill is proud to reach out to program participants, employees, donors, shoppers and volunteers to stress the importance of completing Census forms to better determine a complete count.”
Every year, the federal government distributes more than $400 billion to state, local and tribal governments based on Census data.
“Through their unique roles in their individual communities, Goodwill agencies can help deliver the 2010 Census message to every corner of the nation,” said Robert Groves, director, U.S. Census Bureau.
More than 140,000 organizations supported Census 2000 as partners, including community- and faith-based organizations, schools, state, local and tribal governments, media, businesses and others. Goodwill will be doing its part through PSAs, educational seminars and donation drives.
Census forms will be delivered or mailed to households in March 2010; households should complete and mail back their forms upon receipt. Census workers will visit households that do not return forms to take an in-person count. Information shared with the Census Bureau is completely confidential. By law, the Census Bureau cannot share an individual’s personal information with anyone, including other federal agencies and law enforcement entities.
For more information about the 2010 Census, visit