The three topics of discussion were:
- Info Montgomery (http://www.infomontgomery.org/): A website that provides detailed information about health, educational and human service resources throughout Montgomery County.
- VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance): FREE Income Tax Preparation Assistance for low-Income (Annual income under $49,000), elderly, disabled and limited-English speaking people. For a list of VITA centers throughout Montgomery County, click here (Note: You must have Adobe Reader to view this page. To download this free reader, click here.)
- Census 2010: Households in Montgomery County will receive census questionnaires beginning March 15, 2010. The 2010 census form is one of the shortest forms in history, and asks for name, gender, age, race, ethnicity, relationship, and whether you own or rent your home. There are 10 questions, which will take about 10 minutes to complete. Individual responses are used for statistical purposes only and all responses remain confidential. By law, the Census Bureau cannot share this information with anyone. Census data determines how more than $400 billion is allocated each year to local and state governments. The money is used for schools, roads, hospitals, senior centers and other social services in the community.
The U.S. Census Bureau opened a new office in December in Rockville, which employs approximately 1,000 people in various positions, to support all field operations in Montgomery County. The Census Bureau is now recruiting for census taker positions, who will visit households that did not return a questionnaire. Interested applicants should call 240-780-3930 or go to www.montgomerycountymd.gov/census.