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Thank Teacher License Plate Florida.

Thank a Teacher!

We appreciate the amazing work of the teachers in Alachua County and throughout Florida. When a Florida resident purchases or renews this Support Education specialty tag, $20 goes directly back to support schools, teachers and students in the county where the tag is registered.

Donate Life Florida Wall Mural. Gainesville Florida 34th Street Wall.

April is National Donate Life Month!

Help to save the lives of others by registering to be an organ, tissue, and eye donor. You may enroll on Florida’s organ and tissue donor registry when you apply for or renew your driver license or ID card at your local driver license office or tax collector’s office. You can also register online at If you are unable to enroll online or via the driver license or tax collector’s office, you can contact Donate Life Florida, and they will mail a registration form to you.

Donate Life Florida PO Box 51772 Sarasota, FL 34232, Phone: 941-308-1019, E-mail:

Read the Stories of Hope of those whose lives have been changed forever through organ, tissue and eye donation:

Strike Out Hunger Success!

THANK YOU TEAM!  We did it again!!  Together we collected 8 overstuffed boxes of non-perishable food to help needy families in our community.  Many of the local food banks run out of food to give to families this time of year, so this food replenishes the food banks and the pantries.  Thanksgiving baskets were also provided to over 600 qualified households!

As he does every year, John purchased lunch for the staff of volunteers and delivered it to the fairgrounds.  We all have so much to be grateful for, including our generous work family!  Happy Thanksgiving!

Tools for Schools; Helping Teachers and Children in Our Community.

Once again our team has come together to provide assistance to another local organization in need! The Alachua County Tax Collector’s office participated as a local drop off center for the Alachua County Tools for Schools campaign. Tools For Schools is a reusable resource center located in Alachua County, Florida, providing new and gently used educational supplies to Alachua County Public School teachers at no cost. The Tax Collector’s office raised over $400 in cash and supplies combined. Many thanks to all who donated to help the teachers and children in Alachua County.

HOME Magazine- The Gift of Life

The Alachua County Tax Collector’s office encourages residents to, give the gift of life by registering to become and organ and tissue donor. For more information on the importance of organ and tissue donation, check out this article published by HOME Magazine:{%22issue_id%22:486072,%22page%22:70}

To register visit:

Tax Collector Employee’s Donate 1,018 lbs of Food through Strike Out Hunger!

Our staff donated food and volunteered their time to help Strike Out Hunger in Alachua County. Through employee donations we were able to provide 1,018 pounds of food to the local food pantries and also provide those less fortunate than ourselves with a Thanksgiving basket! Many thanks to The Long Foundation, Inc. for organizing this annual event for our community. Happy Thanksgiving!

Strike Out Hunger

The Alachua County Tax Collector’s Office is participating in the Strike Out Hunger, community-wide food drive event. We have donation boxes setup at each location and are accepting donations of canned and non-perishable food items from now until the end of October. The beneficiaries of the food items will be citizen’s of Alachua County and nonprofit food banks and pantries. If you need additional information on the Strike Out Hunger Week, please contact The Long Foundation or the MLK Commission at (352) 371-4566.


Tools for Schools 2017

The Alachua County Tax Collector’s Office was delighted to participate once again in the annual  Tools for Schools Supply Drive. We were able to collect over $1,000.00 in items for our teachers here in Alachua County. Thank you to all who donated and participated in the drive! Tools for Schools is a partnership of the Alachua County Board of County Commissioners and the Alachua County Public Schools that offers a place for teachers to shop for learning materials at no cost.

Tax Collector’s Office Partnering with United Way to Support the 2017 Amazing Give

The Alachua County Tax Collector’s Office is partnering with United Way to support the 2017 Amazing Give.

The Amazing Give will raise money for local nonprofits through a single online donation platform, providing a simple way to connect donors to the charitable causes they care about most and encourage them to take action. One of the pillars of the Community Foundation of North Central Florida’s mission is to promote and sustain philanthropy in our community. This 24-hour online fundraising effort hosted by the Community Foundation of North Central Florida with the help of sponsors, will offer our area of nonprofits the chance to raise funds to support their critical missions.

Tax Collector John Power says, “I can think of no other community organization with the reach and impact than the United Way. Every dollar is vetted, leveraged and when directed by the donor, stays local.  Please consider making a charitable donation where it counts most — in your own backyard!”

United Way of North Central Florida supports more than 30 deserving non profits… many you’ve heard of and probably support yourselves. #LiveUnited and on March 29th, if not in the days leading up the to Amazing Give, reach out and give back!

If you’d like to donate to United Way for this year’s Amazing Give, just click here.


Tax Collector Team Donates 142 lbs. to Local Food Drive

The Alachua County Tax Collector’s Office partnered with other county and city agencies, participated in the 2016 Strike Out Hunger Food Drive sponsored by the Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission of Florida.  The Tax Collector team donated 142 lbs. of non-perishable food items which will go to local food banks and families in need this holiday season.

John Power, Tax Collector, pictured above with Rodney Long, President of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission of Florida also donated – in partnership with Campus Subway – lunch to all the volunteers working to sort food donations at the Alachua County Fair Grounds.


Pictured above: volunteers from Heritage Girls and Food for Kids helping sort and bag food items at the fair grounds. 

The Strike Out Hunger Food Drive takes place annually.  If your organization would like to participate next year, you can pick up collection boxes starting at the end of October from Rodney Long Realty Services located at 1712 NE Waldo Road, Suite B, Gainesville, FL 32609.