Census takers will hit the streets in mid-August

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Local census takers will be knocking on doors next month.

Didn’t complete your census form? Expect a knock on your door soon.

Starting in mid-August, census takers across the nation will visit homes that haven’t responded to the 2020 Census. So far, 62.8% of Volusia County residents have completed their census questionnaires, so that means census takers will visit up to 78,000 households in Volusia County alone.

Don’t want a knock on your door? If you respond online or by phone today, a census taker is less likely to visit your home to collect your response. You can complete your form by visiting www.My2020census.gov or calling 844-330-2020.

Census takers are hired locally. They will wear face masks and follow local health guidelines when they visit. All census takers complete COVID-19 training on social distancing and other health protocols. They will never ask to enter your home, and they will not ask for money.

Make sure they have an ID badge with their photograph, a U.S. Department of Commerce watermark and an expiration date. Census workers may also carry a bag with the Census Bureau logo.

If you still have questions about their identity, call 800-923-8282 to speak with a Census Bureau representative.

Free pet food and pet microchipping available Aug. 2

Residents will have another chance to pick up some free dog or cat food and get their pet microchipped on Aug. 2 in DeLand.

Hosted by Volusia County Animal Services, the free community event is county government’s way of offering a helping hand to pet owners who are struggling financially due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The coronavirus is impacting our entire community, and pet owners are no exception,” said Volusia County Animal Services Director Adam Leath. “We’re pleased that we can offer some relief and be a resource to assist our residents during these difficult times.”

With the support of the ASPCA, this is the second community event that Animal Services has hosted. The first one last month in Daytona Beach was a huge success, resulting in the distribution of 398 bags of pet food and the microchipping of 388 pets.

This Sunday’s event will take place at the Volusia County Fairgrounds at 3150 E. New York Ave. from 9 a.m.-5 p.m., or until supplies last. The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals donated approximately $10,500 worth of pet food for the event.

For convenience and social distancing, Sunday’s event will feature drivethrough service. While residents won’t have to get out of their vehicle, they are asked to wear a face covering.

To expedite the process, those who are planning to get a pet microchipped are asked to print out the consent form and fill it out before they arrive. The form is available online at volusia.org.

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