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United Macedonian Diaspora

Organizations across the country are supporting the 2020 Census. We'll regularly feature some of them here, looking at who they are and why an accurate census is so important to them.

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Organization Name: United Macedonian Diaspora

Headquarters: Washington, D.C.

About:

The United Macedonian Diaspora is an international non-governmental organization that promotes the interests and needs of Macedonian communities around the world, including an estimated half-a-million Americans of Macedonian heritage. The organization sponsors educational, cultural, and linguistic programming; provides scholarships; holds youth leadership conferences; organizes an annual birthright trip to Macedonia; gives aid to children with disabilities in Macedonia; and leads disaster relief efforts in times of need.

To encourage participation in the 2020 Census among the Macedonian community in the United States, the United Macedonian Diaspora has created a language assistance guide in Macedonian and launched a social media campaign. The organization also shared a video message on Census Day, April 1, about the importance of the census for Macedonian-Americans featuring Dr. Victoria Velkoff, a third-generation Macedonian-American and the Census Bureau’s Associate Director for Demographic Programs.

"With an accurate count of the number of Macedonians in the United States, doors will open to a variety of public, civic, and private-sector services that rely on census data for economic and social assessments. For over a century, Macedonians came to the U.S. fleeing oppressive regimes in southeast Europe, which didn’t allow them to be counted. Participating in the U.S. Census is both a privilege and a duty—Macedonians do exist and are proud Americans."

– Metodija A. Koloski, President of the United Macedonian Diaspora

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