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

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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.