Welcoming spring with a new logo!

We are thrilled to share our new logo with you, Gainesville and Alachua County! What do you think?!


We’d like to extend our sincerest thanks to Lori Gibbons (lori.j.gibbons@gmail.com) who created this design especially for us. (She’s in the process of building her portfolio right now and is eager to collaborate with others, so if you’re in need of high-quality graphic design work, contact her!)

Thank you, Third House Coffee & Books!

We are grateful to all of the individuals and small business owners in the Gainesville, FL area who have joined us in creating an environment that welcomes newcomers.

You can now purchase our “We’re Glad Your Our Neighbor” signs around town, including at Third House Books & Coffee, located on Main Street in downtown Gainesville. Thank you, Kiren and the rest of the Third House Books & Coffee team, for helping to make our community a warm and inviting place for all!


Get a little green by donating to support Welcoming Gainesville/Alachua County

Would you like to financially support the great work of Welcoming Gainesville/Alachua County?

For every $100 tax-deductible donation to Welcoming Gainesville, Inc., you can receive $100 worth of trees, shrubs, or ground covers from our good friends at local Notestein Nursery in Gainesville.

It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3:

1) Donate to Welcoming Gainesville online or by writing a check to Welcoming Gainesville, Inc., 1236 NW 18th Ave, Gainesville, FL, 32609

2) Let us know you are interested in picking up plants at Notestein Nursery.

3) Call Jim Notestein at 352.372.2107 to make arrangements to pick up your plants.

Yard Signs

Update: Signs available for pickup between 5pm and 8pm Monday (February 13) at the Mennonite meeting house, 1236 NW 18th Avenue, across 13th Street from Gainesville High School, a short street between Wells Fargo and PNC banks.

Check out these yard signs popping up all over the country! If you’d like one for your own yard, please email welcominggainesville@gmail.com (or use the Contact form above) and we’ll promptly reply to coordinate your purchase & pickup of the signs. Donation requested: $10 (additional tax-deductible donations welcome to support the local programs of Welcoming Gainesville/Welcoming Alachua County).



“The New Local”


We had a fantastic time at the Harn Museum of Art’s Museum Night this past Thursday! The theme of the night was “The New Local” and gave local initiatives and organizations a chance to share what they do in and for Gainesville with museum visitors. Welcoming Gainesville had a booth where we created a map of Gainesville’s diversity. That night alone we met 9 immigrants from all over the world who have come to Gainesville to get an education, find a job, reunite with family…Our little Gainesville really is blessed with an incredible diversity. Thank you to the Harn Museum of Art for this amazing event!

Light in Darkness



On the night of December 6th Welcoming Gainesville held an interfaith service at the steps of City Hall. “Light in Darkness” was the title of the event and it was meant to send a message of love and compassion to all residents of Gainesville. Over 100 people joined us in lighting candles of peace, singing songs of welcome, and hearing some of our most prominent community members inlcuding Mayor Lauren Poe, former UF President Bernie Machen and UF Professor Zoharah Simmons reaffirm that being a Welcoming City is not an empty promise, but the beginning of a movement that will lead Gainesville towards a more peaceful and inclusive future. In the words of Mayor Lauren Poe, “Gainesville is a safe haven for all of those (who are facing discrimination). We send them the message that they are loved, that they are welcomed, that they are part of our community. This takes work… We are only on the front edges of this movement.”


Read more about the event here

Do you want to improve your English?

Join our English Partner Program!


This program brings native speakers who volunteer as teachers together with English learners for one hour a week. English partners can meet anywhere, anytime, and will speak in English in order to improve the learner’s conversational skills. We try our best to match partners based on age, gender and language experience.

Through this program you will not only improve your spoken English, but you will also get the chance to learn more about American culture and customs, and ultimately make a new friend here in Gainesville!

If you are looking to improve your English, or if you know someone who is, encourage them to sign up for our program here:


Have you heard about the Gainesville Video Guides?

Cover.JPGComing to a new country with a new language and culture can be challenging. We want to make the transition for newcomers to Gainesville easier through our “Gainesville Video Guides”. We are producing short videos that explain the basics of life in Gainesville to provide newcomers with the information they need to successfully go about their everyday life.  The Gainesville Video Guides will include topics like “How to find accommodation”, “How to get a car or bicycle”, “American laws and customs” and “Family-friendly events and activities in Gainesville”.

Visit our crowdfunding page to watch the first video “How to use the RTS bus system” .