Gisele Fetterman, PA’s Second Lady, visited Penn State this week to promote participation in the 2020 Census. This is the start of a statewide tour running through March 24, that will educate Pennsylvanians on the Census throughout the Commonwealth.
The tour focuses on communities that have traditionally been “hard to count,” and Fetterman’s message is that by participating in the Census, these areas will receive more federal funding for programs like schools, hospitals, and roads. And, people should not fear that the information gathered in the Census will be used against them. The Second Lady, who lived undocumented for 15 years, knows what that feels like.
“Back then, I was afraid of every knock on the door,” Fetterman said. “I thought they would take my family. I understand, now, the importance of that, and how it is completely protected. Your information is anonymous. It’s pulled together to provide results, but it’s not information that can be used against you in any way. It can only be used to support you.”
To learn more about how the Census helps Pennsylvanians, text PACOUNTS to 898211. Standard messaging rates may apply.