CEDA Census Ambassadors hold signs urging people to fill out their census forms (left and right) and offering free shredding (center)

It was a trifecta of civic engagement during Thursday’s lunchtime hours, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. The City of Evanston, Erie Family Health Evanston/Skokie and Community and Economic Development Association of Cook County (CEDA) sponsored a shredding in the Erie Family parking lot, Dempster Street at Hartrey Avenue.

Vanessa Johnson-McCoy was one of the CEDA Census Ambassadors urging people to fill out their census forms. “Then go register to vote,” she said, pointing at a table where other CEDA Census Ambassadors were setting up a voter-registration table. They had free masks and hand sanitizer ready for anyone who needed them.

Annet Miranda and Paula Carcano of Erie Family Health offered health goodie bags to participants – information about the health center and practical items such as a mini icepack.

Oct. 30 is the final day to fill out the census forms.

Mary Gavin

Mary Gavin is the founder of the Evanston RoundTable. After 23 years as its publisher and manager, she helped transition the RoundTable to nonprofit status in 2021. She continues to write, edit, mentor...