One of the best parts of the holiday season is the focus on giving, especially giving back to the community.
There are so many nonprofits and charities in Gainesville that are helping to transform the city. Each year, we take a moment to consider these organizations and choose a few that are close to our hearts.
This year, we wanted to highlight a few groups that are serving the city in innovative and thoughtful ways. Keep scrolling to discover some ways you can give back to Gainesville charities and nonprofits this holiday season.
1. Donate a car.
Community Overdrive is on a mission to provide low-wage families with reliable and affordable transportation. Through a volunteer program, these individuals earn credit to invest in a vehicle. Volunteer days rotate through 20 different local nonprofit organizations each week and participants receive vouchers to put towards the purchase of their “new” vehicle.
Community Overdrive can only exist because of the donors, volunteers, and partner businesses who recognize the importance of reliable transportation for self-sufficiency.
2. Sponsor an elderly horse.
Mill Creek Farm is a retirement home for horses. Rescue organizations find elderly horses that have been neglected or abused and bring them to the safety of Mill Creek. Caring for horses and nurturing a ranch is extremely expensive, especially when some horses require additional medical care.
Mill Creek Farm uses donated funds to help support the animals and the ranch. They have a few special programs set up for those who help support them. When you sponsor a horse throughout the year, you’ll receive a Certificate of Sponsorship, photos, information, and updates.
3. Save a monkey.
Jungle Friends Primate Sanctuary is a permanent and high-quality care facility for monkeys that have experienced abuse, been used in research, and were once kept as pets and is the largest of its kind in the United States. The sanctuary commits to providing medical and psychological care for these monkeys by offering them a safe and healthy environment.
4. Help with college tuition.
The Akash and Shai Kuruvilla Memorial Scholarship Fund started in the fall of 2007 to remember the life and legacies of Akash and Shai Kuruvilla. These two siblings were committed to the American Dream along with leadership, diversity, integrity, and education.
Each year, three applicants win $1,000 in scholarship funds to help them in the achievement of their undergraduate degree.
5. Build or repair an affordable home.
The Neighborhood Housing and Development Corporation (NHDC) commits to helping residents of Florida explore and take advantage of economic opportunities by offering education, housing, and neighborhood revitalization. Over the years, NHDC has built more than 250 new energy efficient homes and repaired more than 150 homes.
But NHDC doesn’t stop there. The organization provides financial counseling, assists with mortgage modification, and provides foreclosure interventions.
These are just 5 great ways to give back to Gainesville this holiday season. Can’t think of a gift to give to someone who has “it all”? Nonprofit support can also double as a gift. Just make your donation in their name!
No matter how you choose to give back, let this season be one of joy for you, your family, and your community.