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Foxworth and Congressman Ruppersberger Hold Census Drive

Domonique Foxworth visited his hometown of Randallstown, Md. to promote participation in the 2010 Census.

Posted by Mike Duffy on Wednesday, March 31st, 2010 at 6:52 pm | Categories: Mike Duffy

Ravens cornerback Domonique Foxworth visited his hometown of Randallstown, Md. Wednesday to promote participation in the 2010 Census. Foxworth teamed up with U.S. Congressman Dutch Ruppersberger (D-MD) to visit the Liberty Senior Center in Randallstown to help seniors complete their census forms and give fans a chance to meet their hometown star.

The Census is conducted every 10 years to determine Congressional representation and how more than $400 billion in federal funding is allocated each year to local and state governments. An accurate count of all Marylanders could result in more than $57 billion for our state over the next decade.

The 2010 Census form is one of the shortest census questionnaires in history and takes about 10 minutes to complete. The event came one day before national “Census Day” on April 1, which is the target for returning completed forms in the mail.

Domonique Foxworth and Congressman Dutch Ruppersberger

The event kicked off with Ruppersberger addressing the residents and staff, highlighting the important implications that the Census will have on senior programs and needs, such as determining critical allocations for Social Security, Medicare, adult education, senior centers, disease prevention and health programs. He invited Foxworth to the front of the room with him as he stressed how simple the form was to complete. The duo then filled out sample forms (both had already returned their actual Census form), before mixing with the crowd, posing for pictures and signing autographs.

“Filling out your Census form will help Maryland get the federal funding it needs for things like new schools, senior centers, libraries, roads, bridges, police and fire stations,” Foxworth said. “It’s important we count everyone in Maryland so everyone wins.”

“Completing your form is as easy as breaking the Steelers’ defense,” Congressman Ruppersberger said. “It only takes 10 minutes to fill out and comes with a pre-paid envelope so you can mail it back as quickly as possible. Responses – which are required by law – are completely confidential and secure. I am urging every Marylander to be counted so that our tax dollars are returned to our communities.”

Census takers will be visiting households through July that do not return a form by mail.

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