The Mississippi Census would like to celebrate that this week, May 3-9, is Public Service Recognition Week! According to the week’s official website from the Partnership for Public Service, “Public Service Recognition Week is celebrated the first week of May since 1985 (beginning on the first Sunday of the month) to honor the men and women who serve our nation as federal, state, county and local government employees.”
Public Service Recognition Week is organized annually by the Public Employees Roundtable (PER), comprised of various public works organizations. As stated by the U.S. Office of Personnel Management: “Throughout the country, mayors, governors, agency leaders, communities, and public service organizations participate in PSRW by issuing proclamations; hosting award ceremonies and special tribute events; and delivering messages about the value of public service.”
The White House issued a statement from President Donald Trump, saying: “During Public Service Recognition Week, we pay tribute to our Federal, State, and local government employees for their unwavering dedication to civil service. On the front lines in times of prosperity and adversity alike, our world-class workforce remains ready and willing to serve their fellow Americans. At all levels of government, our civilian personnel have made our Nation stronger and more prosperous.”
Now more than ever, during these uncertain times caused by the spread of COVID-19, we should be thankful for all of our public service workers continuing to keep our country running as efficiently as possible. The work they do is incredibly important for our nation, and they are a part of every person in our country that counts for the 2020 U.S. Census.
As of this week, Mississippi sits at a 53.8% response rate, and we want to continue to make that number grow. The amount of funding Mississippi stands to gain for state improvement is large, but only if we secure the participation of as many Mississippians as possible through filling out the 2020 Mississippi Census. We’re all in this together, and to avoid an inaccurate census, we need your help! Visit www.mscensus2020.org to learn more!