Left to right, Daniel Guerrero, Margie Villalpando, and San Marcos Mayor Susan Narvaiz open the outreach office at Centro Cultural Hispano de San Marcos, formerly Bonham Elementary School, at 211 Lee Street. Photo by Don Anders.
The City of San Marcos has hired Margie Villalpando as Census Outreach Coordinator to further the outreach efforts for the 2010 Census. Villapando is also a member of the San Marcos CISD’s Board of Trustees and is well known in the community.
Villalpando is a bilingual graduate of Texas State. The outreach is part of a city initiative to obtain the highest census count possible. The city counts its own population at 51,222 residents and needs a Census count of 50,000 to ensure various federal funding opportunities, including money for a transportation system. San Marcos officials were stunned when the 2000 Census measured the city population at only 34,733.
“I am honored with this appointment and the responsibility of this position,” said Villalpando. “I hope to make a positive impact on the traditionally undercounted population and areas of concern identified by the City of San Marcos and the Census Complete Count Committee.”
Villalpabdo hopes to make connections with a variety of under-counted populations, including minorities, college students, elderly shut-ins, low-income residents and those who speak little or no English.
Villalpando anticipates that she will be out of the office much of the time, due to her field work efforts. Callers are asked to leave messages, which she assures will be answered promptly.
Villalpando’s part-time position will be officed at 211 Lee Street at the Centro Cultural Hispano de San Marcos, formerly Bonham Elementary School. Her office hours will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Mondays and Fridays. The phone number is (512) 618-0413.
The efforts to get a compete count for the 2010 Census include a 17-member Complete Count Committee appointed by the city council in July. Chaired by former Councilmember Daniel Guerrero, the committee hopes to educate residents about the importance of the Census to the San Marcos community with outreach activities. Assisting the process is a group of community partners.
Since the first census, conducted in 1790, information has been gathered from U.S. residents that helps determine representation, appropriations, health care, education and many other items, as well as the concerns of local civic and social service organizations.
The Census Bureau’s count is used to distribute more than $400 billion dollars to state, local and tribal governments. New roads, hospitals, mass transit and other vital services are determined by the census.
The census, which will be mailed out this month, is one of the shortest census questionnaires ever, with only 10 questions.
Personal information collected by the U.S. Census Bureau cannot be shared with anyone, including other federal agencies and law enforcement agencies. The law prohibits the release of any specific information for 72 years.Email | Print