Organizations in Alachua County and Gainesville

Alachua Conservation Trust logoAlachua Conservation Trust- 12 West University Avenue, Suite 201 Gainesville FL 32601 (352) 373-1078- The mission of Alachua Conservation Trust (ACT) is to protect the natural, historic, scenic and recreational resources in and around Alachua County, Florida. ACT protects land through purchase, donation, and conservation easements.


Alachua Habitat for Humanity- A local affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, Alachua Habitat builds homes throughout the county in both urban and rural areas. 2317 SW 13th St, Gainesville, FL 32608. (352) 378-4663.

Alachua County Humane Society- 4205 NW 6th St, just north of 39th Avenue. (352) 373-5855. With a large adoption center and thrift store where the profits all go to the animals, consider the Alachua County Humane Society when you're looking to adopt a new family member in your new home.

Child Advocacy Center- PO Box 1128 Gainesville Florida 32602. A community-based, child focused Center that facilitates a compassionate, multidisciplinary approach to the prevention, identification, investigation, prosecution and treatment of child abuse.

Children's Home Society of Florida- Working to make better futures for area children, the Children's Home Society works in adoption and foster care, provides transitional help for teens who age out of the foster system, offers counseling programs for children who have experienced trauma and helps parents who want to be good role models to their children but don't have the skills to do so. Local contact number: (866) 427-5451.

Gainesville Civic Chorus- Founded in 1976 as the Bicentennial Choir, the Gainesville Civic Chorus has been active ever since. Offering three concerts a year in the fall, winter and spring, the Chorus also collaborates with other organizations in the area such as the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra. Also affiliated with the Chorus are the Gainesville Civic Chamber Singers, a smaller group-within-a-group who are available for private and public event performances.

The Early Learning Coalition of Alachua County- The Early Learning Coalition supports Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten and other school readiness programs for approximately 4,000 children in the Alachua County Early Learning Centers. Detailed contact information can be found here.

Gainesville-Alachua County Association of Realtors®- 1750 NW 80th Blvd., Gainesville, FL 32606, (352) 332-8850. Chartered in 1940 as the Gainesville Board of Realtors, GACAR represents around 1,000 real estate professionals in the Gainesville/Alachua County area, and is "dedicated to elevating the excellence, promoting the advancement and ensuring the public trust of the real estate profession while providing our members with the resources, technology, educational opportunities and leadership necessary to conduct an ethical, professional and profitable business."

Gainesville Modern- Affiliated with Historic Gainesville, Inc., Gainesville Modern is dedicated to recognizing the architecturally significant structures in Gainesville from the Mid-Century modern period. Gainesville Modern also supports the construction of LEED-certified green buildings. Don't miss their popular Modern Weekend event in the spring, where tours of Modernist residences are offered and all proceeds go to support Habitat for Humanity, The UF Institute of Historic Preservation, and Gainesville Modern. (352) 562-1904.

Gator Exchange Club- Exchange, America's Oldest Service Club, is a group of men and women working together to make our communities better places to live through programs of service in Americanism, Community Service, Youth Activities, and its national project, the Prevention of Child Abuse. The Mission of the Gator Exchange Club is to Support and help to further the work of those who advocate and protect children and their well-being; Stimulate love and pride of community and country; Develop future leaders of our community, country, and Exchange; Give back to our community; and Further the values and ideals of the National Exchange Club.

The Gainesville Orchestra- Conducted by Maestro Evans Haile, the Gainesville Orchestra offers events throughout the year with fun for the whole family. Follow the Orchestra on Facebook.

Historic Gainesville, Incorporated- A private non-profit dedicated to the preservation of Gainesville's architectural heritage, Historic Gainesville, INC. was instrumental in saving the Thomas Center, now one of Gainesville's premier venues for charitable events. With the help of HGI's historic preservationists, three historic residential districts have been designated in Gainesville.

University of Florida Historic Preservation Program- Offering graduate degrees in Historic Preservation, the UF Historic Preservation Program at the College of Design, Construction and Planning gives interdisciplinary students hands-on training in safeguarding our cultural heritage sites, both in the United States and around the world. The program also equips students to think deeply about the human dimension of historic architecture and design.

Pride Community Center of North Central Florida- 3131 NW 13th Street, Suite 62 Gainesville FL 32601. (352) 377-8915. The mission of PCCNCF is to promote public understanding and acceptance of people of all gender expressions or sexual orientations, regardless of race, ethnic background, nationality, spirituality, age or abilities. The center is created to foster and enhance the well being, unity and visibility of transgendered, bisexual, lesbian, and gay persons and people with related concerns. We are committed to provide the community with education and resources with an open and supportive environment to eliminate prejudice and discrimination in our neighborhoods.