Making sure to count everyone

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To promote better U.S. Census participation in communities considered hard to count, local groups are reaching out to them. In some cases below, the work is paid for by grants from an umbrella organization called the Long Island 2010 Census Collaborative or Hagedorn Foundation funds. The last two projects listed are independent of both.

African American Media Network, with a $10,000 grant, plans to make public service announcements geared to young African-Americans and Hispanics.

Family and Children's Association, $50,000, award $500 grants to small community groups in Hempstead Village, for census-informational events.

The Uniondale Community Council, $60,000, created a "Complete Count Committee" of clergy, school, civic leaders and others.

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Both the Family Service League, $79,000, and the Long Island Progressive Coalition, $32,500, sending staff to people's homes to promote census response.

Americans of Pakistani Heritage Inc. hosted a free dinner in January at a West Hempstead restaurant, attracting about 150 people. The event featured a census seminar and an Urdu-speaking presenter.

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Adelante of Suffolk County Inc., a nonprofit human service agency, invited speakers from Latino Justice PRLDF and the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials Education Fund to talk to a dozen staffers recently about the census.

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