Census in Malheur County: reaching out to ‘hard to count’

Norma Ramirez, programs manager for Euvalcree, is leading the nonprofit’s efforts to help promote the Census among the county’s Latino population. (The Enterprise/Yadira Lopez)

ONTARIO – When Norma Ramirez came home from middle school 10 years ago with a Census packet for her family to fill out, her parents waved it off.

Farmworkers in Vale, they didn’t understand the Census and neither did she. So Ramirez and her family weren’t counted.

Now Ramirez, a programs manager at the nonprofit Euvalcree, knows better.

The nonprofit received a grant from the United Way to set up a Census Assistance Center at its offices in Hermiston and Ontario. Ramirez is working on outreach to promote the decennial questionnaire to people who, like her own family, are considered by the Census as “hard to count . . .