BURBANK, CA – Nearly 50 residents of Burbank braved inclement weather to join the Armenian National Committee of Burbank (ANC Burbank) at their final community issues briefing of the year this past Saturday. Hosted at the new Ovrom Park community center on San Fernando Road, local and regional ANC leaders briefly updated the community regarding Armenian American issues at the local, state, and federal level. The event took the opportunity to raise awareness of the upcoming 2010 US Census.
“After a successful first event, we look forward to continuing our outreach to Burbank’s Armenian community to assure everyone gets counted come spring and the census,” noted Garen Yegparian, chairman of the ANC Burbank.
The event featured Natalie Osgood from the City of Burbank’s Complete Count Committee who discussed the importance of the Census and how getting an accurate count will affect the community and quality of life issues. Yegparian provided information about the Census in Armenian and joined Osgood in providing a bilingual review of the Census questionnaire form that every American will receive in March of 2010. They noted the importance of everyone completing the census, regardless of citizenship status. They also fielded questions from the audience regarding how to fill out the form and how the information is kept secure.
Participants in the briefing ranged from high school and college students to senior citizens. The organizing committee was pleased with the first event and emphasized that they looked forward to future events with more community partners to spread awareness about the 2010 US Census.
The Armenian National Committee of Burbank advocates social, economic, cultural, and political activism by promoting a stronger civic participation of a dense Armenian American population through grassroots efforts.