Our champions this week are:
- Julie Bellamy, Wicomico County
- Senator Addie Eckardt, Caroline, Dorchester, Talbot, and Wicomico counties
- Shawn Ellis, Montgomery County
- William Hardin, Wicomico County
- Frank Vari, Cecil County
A Maryland Census Champion is a person or group that has gone above and beyond in spreading the Census message in their community. Census Champions have devised innovative ways to get their community engaged in completing the 2020 Census. The individual or group being nominated could be a member of a local complete committee, a faith leader, a business leader/owner, or even someone in the community making a difference. Recipients of the Census Champion will be highlighted in this newsletter, on social media, and on the Maryland 2020 Census Champions web page.
Download the Census Champion Nomination form and nominate a champion in your community today.
Julie Bellamy, Town Manager for the Town of Hebron, has been a dynamic member of the Wicomico County-City of Salisbury Complete Count Committee. She has been the leader for promoting the Census in the Town of Hebron about the importance of Census, sharing messages in town mailings and at community events. Julie is always presenting great new ideas for promotion and outreach to the committee. Through her efforts, Hebron has the highest self-response rate of all Wicomico County cities.
Senator Adelaide (Addie) Eckardt has been a leader promoting the 2020 Census in her community, getting personally involved, and sharing information to her constituents in Caroline, Dorchester, Talbot, and Wicomico counties. She has participated in all Salisbury-Wicomico Complete Count Committee meetings to stay informed about the outreach efforts on the lower shore. Senator Eckardt is a leader in working with the local committees and federal partners to help secure training locations for door to door operations on the Eastern Shore. She most recently attended the latest One Stop Shop event in Salisbury to show her support and offer assistance in the final months of the Census outreach campaign. Thank you Senator Addie Eckardt for everything you’re doing to ensure Maryland gets the count on the shore it deserves!
Shawn Ellis is the 2020 Census Manager for Montgomery County. His tireless work over the past 18 months will have a lasting impact on the county for decades. Shawn partners with stakeholders across government, nonprofit, philanthropy, businesses, faith communities, and jurisdictions to manage county-wide Census outreach strategies that will help ensure that Montgomery County is accurately counted. His work with these partners are focused on traditionally undercounted communities to make sure that they will receive funds for necessary services. The Montgomery County Census Team’s outreach plan was significantly disrupted by COVID-19. During the time without in-person outreach, Shawn worked with partners to disseminate the Census message through all available online and virtual channels. His messaging highlighted that privacy was protected and that the Census could be completed online or via phone. Shawn is central to the county’s Census campaign and outreach efforts led by the Office of Community Partnerships.
Willam Hardin, Community Development Coordinator for the Town of Delmar, is an active member of the Wicomico County-City of Salisbury Complete Count Committee. He has been the leader for promoting the Census in the Town of Delmar, promoting the importance in the town newsletter and at community events, and providing fresh ideas for the committee to implement. William was instrumental in connecting the CCC with Hispanic/Latinx TheVoice Radio Network.
Frank Vari, Town Commissioner of Chesapeake City, has been a dedicated member of the Cecil County Complete Count Committee and has brought Census promotional materials to the town. He involved local community organizations including the Chesapeake City Ecumenical Council to spread the word about the importance of participating in the 2020 Census. Frank has posted Census yard signs throughout Chesapeake City.