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As our country works toward creating a more equitable society for all, here in Alachua County our nonprofit sector has long recognized the need for more access for underserved populations and has been providing services to fill those gaps for decades. From offering empowerment groups for...

Ja’meka and Darius Mills began preparing for the birth of their first child together the way most expectant parents do: shopping for newborn gear and daydreaming about their baby boy. They gave him a name: Grayson Carter Mills. He would join big brother, Jeremiah, 4, Ja’meka’s son...

Dr. Karen Cole-Smith, Executive Director of East Gainesville Instruction brought together Santa Fe College’s BACK TO WORK 50+ Project Coordinator Carolyn Das with several women who are community leaders to begin collaboration on reaching women who are 50+ years old and seeking employment. Representatives of the Central...

Transportation touches everything in our modern lives. Lack of transportation impacts jobs, housing, families, education, day care, health access, food access, social opportunities, household economics, community engagement and safety. Lack of access to transportation lengthens and/or limits the pathways out of poverty. According to the Pew...

The Battillo family has struggled with illness and financial woes for several years, but their world recently got a lot brighter. “Oh, my God,” said Jennifer Battillo when the Marion Oaks family of seven was surprised with a free car from Jenkins Auto Group following a...

To help families in need, sometimes it takes a commitment for the long haul. Scot Quintel, president and CEO of United Way of Marion County, says that’s the spirit behind his agency’s newly developed Strong Families program, which helps organize services for select families over the...