Finding help

If you need help due to Covid-19 closings, these nearby agencies may be able to help you.   

Library Partnership Resource Center; 912 NE 9TH Avenue; Gainesville, 32601

The Resource Center is providing continued services and connections to resources to assist individuals and families meet their needs.   Please call (352) 334-0160 in advance to make an appointment or to inquire about food, faxing, clothing, and basic needs resources. Paper Unemployment Applications are available on a grab-and-go basis. For individuals experiencing difficulty or are unable to complete online unemployment applications, they have paper ones that already have the postage paid on them.

For ongoing COVID-19 updates please visit:

The Library Partnership Resource Center is open to patrons with minimal limitations in place. To help ensure public safety, they will be taking additional precautions to include a brief risk screening for patrons before allowing participation with on-site services, eliminating group activities involving more than 10 participants and changing the format of some services, such as food distribution, to reduce patron contact with one another.

Monday 9:00am – 5:00pm
Tuesday 9:00am – 5:00pm
Wednesday 11:00am – 5:00pm
Thursday 11:00am – 5:00pm
Friday 9:00am – 5:00pm

These hours are subject to change, so please check their Facebook page for any updates. Again, we encourage everyone to call the Resource Center (352) 334-0160 before making a visit so that they can make sure they are able to meet your needs.

**UPDATE** Food Distribution – Online Sign-up or Call-in for Food Distribution – is currently available this week until slots are filled. We plan to serve approximately 75 families. Food distribution will occur on Friday, March 26th between 1:00pm – 3:00pm.  Patrons can easily sign-up from any device using this link:                                          

Patrons who wish to sign-up by calling instead need to speak to a person to sign-up for a pick-up time slot. If calling for food do not leave a voicemail. All food provided will be by sign-up only not first come first served, to avoid issues with social distancing.                       
Call (352) 334-0160 to speak to a person during open business hours to sign-up.


CareerSource Services Available: Available at the Library Partnership every Tuesday 9am – 12pm.   to assist individuals with Re-employment, and access to all CareerSource services such as COVID-19 related, educational, re-entry, and youth programs
Meridian Access and Information: Will be available every other Tuesday, 2:00pm – 4:00pm, to assist you with accessing counseling, substance abuse, stress management and other services.

HealthStreet Access and Services: Will be available the first Thursday of each month, 11:00am – 1:00pm. Also onsite on March 26th from 12:30pm – 2:30pm  

Paper Unemployment Applications are available on a grab-and-go basis. For individuals experiencing difficulty or are unable to complete online unemployment applications, we have paper ones that already have the postage paid on them.
Notary Service:  
Free notary service will be available at the Library Partnership, Mondays 9:00am – 4:30pm and Wednesdays 1:00pm – 5:00pm.  Patrons must have an ID.

Family Court Paperwork/Packets Available –Family Court Packets are available for pick-up during normal business hours. Packets for Temporary Custody, Paternity, and Dissolution of Marriage are available. Additional help with packets can be accessed through contacting the Sydney Self Help Center.


Cone Park Library Resource Center: 352-318-1486 * Calls only – lobby closed.

Please call between 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Monday-Friday. You can leave a message and the Resource Center Manager, Erica Reed, will return calls as soon as possible

Catholic Charities Gainesville; 1701 NE 9TH Street; Gainesville, Florida, 32609
Food distribution

Lobby: Mon - Fri 9:00am – 4:00pm
Food Pantry: Mon – Thurs 9:30am-12:30pm

If you need help making ends meet during this difficult time please call for assistanceThey have set up an emergency relief fund for those most impacted by COVID 19.  If you would like to donate food or resources, you can donate any time by visiting their website or checks can be mailed directly to them.


**Educational assistance
Project YouthBuild is an educational, occupational, and leadership program for young people with low incomes who have dropped out of school. Students have the opportunity to earn their high school diploma, multiple nationally recognized construction or CNA credentials, and a post-secondary scholarship; all while giving back to their community.
635 NW 6th Street / Gainesville, FL 32601
PHONE: 352-225-3307 / FAX: 866-835-1249                                                                                    OR

They also have a parenting program with free customized support for young parents and expecting parents ages 16-24, which includes parenting courses, reading program, support groups, play groups, and free baby supplies and child gear.  Programs online, at the 6th Street campus, and other locations.

For more information and to apply contact:

Lauren Levitt
Parenting Program Coordinator   

(352) 213-8168


Santa Fe College Adult Education - The Santa Fe College Adult Education program offers a supportive environment and many resources to help you get where you want to go. Our program is designed to help adults get the basic skills they need to be productive workers, family members, and citizens. Our experienced, caring teachers will help you work toward your educational and career goals.

Programs offered include:

Need to borrow laptop or webcam to complete fall courses? Complete the application online at Laptop Loan application.

Completed FAFSA but not the COVID-19 Emergency Aid Grant:  Go COVID-19 Emergency Aid Grant application. 

Need Updates on COVID-19 at SF? Visit COVID-19 FAQs.



CareerSource North Central Florida
Gainesville Career Center
; 1112 N. Main Street; Gainesville, FL 32601, but will not be opening to the public until further notice.  
352-955-2245 Job-searching, Unemployment assistance        

To help ease delays encountered by those filing for Reemployment Assistance, paper applications will be available for curbside pickup at both CareerSource North Central Florida career centers. The forms will be supplied Monday-Friday from 10 am to 3pm.  Staff are available to assist job seeking and other customers and employers via email and through the following telephone numbers:

Job seekers: 352-955-2245

For Welfare Transition and SNAP: 352-244-5143

Employers can be assisted by calling:
The Gainesville Chamber

Posted by CindyB on April 8, 2021