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Partner Profile:  Clovia Lawrence

She goes.  She works.  She cares.  Richmond broadcast journalist Clovia Lawrence has made it her mission to take the census message to the streets of Central Virginia.

“We can’t expect the people to come to us,” she said.  “We have to go where the people are.  When we’re on their turf, they are much more open and receptive.”

Lawrence, news director for Radio One Richmond’s four radio stations and community affairs director for three of the station,  hosts the market’s top-rated public affairs show, “Community Conversations.”

In fact, local folks call Lawrence “Miss Community.”  That’s no exaggeration.  With a loyal following for more than 100,000 listeners, Lawrence often is at the forefront of voter education and empowerment initiatives, disaster relief, youth advocacy and social programs.

“I’ve spent a lot of time building trust,” Lawrence said.  “I work hard to dispel urban myths about the census, and I’m constantly encouraging my audience to mail their questionnaires back.”

Miss Community Clo’s Just-Us, Census 2010 Facts:

  • The US Census Bureau is just numeration not an indentification system
  • All Us Census 2010 workers must take an oath and under Title 13 of the US Code cannot report any activity in a citizen’s home.  Personal census information is confidential and has been that way for 72 years.
  • The 2010 Census will be our nations 23rd Head Count;  The Census tells us who we are and what we need…
  • President Barack Obama will allocate 400 billion dollars in federal funds to be distributed throughout America.  All Virginians your count must be on President Barack Obama’s desk by December 31, 2010….
  • Money is available in your neighborhood for better housing, jobs, schools, public safety, social services, government, representation for lawmakers and more.  If you’re counted you get the money to create a better community.
  • Decision makers/lawmakers, grassroots organizations, faith based organizations and social agencies rely on census results….

For more information log on to www.census2010.gov

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