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Revitalizing the Community Greater Duval Neighborhood Association

Celebrating History and Building Futures


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Partner with Us

Want to join our efforts but not sure where to start? Partner with Us and take advantage of this incredible opportunity to lend your support. It’s a great way to contribute to our cause, and every little bit counts towards paving the path for a better tomorrow. Get in touch with us today for more details about how you can help.


Volunteer Your Time

This is one of the simplest ways to help out our cause. We believe the best way for our initiatives to be successful is for the community to actively get involved. This is an easy and efficient way of contributing to the great work we do at Greater Duval Neighborhood Association. Get in touch with any questions about how you can Volunteer Your Time today.

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Our organization always appreciates the generosity and involvement of people like you, with every contribution going towards making Greater Duval Neighborhood Association an even better Nonprofit Organization than it already is. We want to provide you with the correct and appropriate information pertaining to your mode of support, so don’t hesitate to contact us with your questions. You Can also make donation through cash APP. @  $GREATERDUVAL

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Located in beautiful Gainesville, Florida,

Greater Duval Neighborhood of North East Gainesville, Florida (Approximate boundaries)

North boundary: NE 13th Ave - South boundary: E University Ave - East boundary: NE 26th Ter. {Including all of the Lake Road Apartments on SE University Ave.} - West boundary: Waldo Road).

Greater Duval Neighborhood Association is a State of Florida 501c3 Organization. Founded in 2013 through Habitat for Humanity's Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative, OUR mission is to revitalize the neighborhood by creating programs and connecting to services  that are designed to promote SOCIAL and ECONOMIC growth in East Gainesville. We meet at 6 PM on the Second Thursday of each month at Cone Park Library 2801 East University Avenue.

What We Do

Out East Youth Tutoring & Support Services

One Step at a Time

At Greater Duval Neighborhood Association, we are dedicated to stepping up our efforts in addressing issues facing our youth. Changing the future for our youth is by no means an easy feat, but through cooperation and community empowerment we believe we can facilitate progress in this area.

"End of Year Spotlight"   

 2021 Tutoring & Support Services

"What in the World are they thinking about?"

Arts and Essay Contest for students Grades K-12



 GDNA's "2021 Summer Sling"

"We're taking Applications".

Students in grades 7th -12th  during the 2019-2020 school year can APPLY - press here to sign Youth up for Summer Sling.

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Seniors On the Move

Maintaining a Socially Active Lifestyle for Seniors

With this initiative, our goal is to promote great opportunities for those 50 and over. With access to the right resources, people can become empowered by their own abilities and gain the confidence to fulfill their potential. Learn more about our work by getting in touch with our team today. The Seniors meet every 3rd Tuesday of the Month. It will start back meeting soon as the COV-19 Crisis is over but until then wellness services and checks will be done by volunteers.

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Men of the East

Leadership in the Community

With our organization’s mission always in mind, we strive to find new strategies for dealing with challenges facing our residents. The Men of the East is a team of male residents dedicated to implementation of our strategic plan.  Contact us to learn more about our commitment to this cause.

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Community Gardens

Healthier Food Choices

With this initiative, our goal is to promote better exercise and diet among resident. With access to a community garden residents will be able to plant and grow their own food along side friends from the community. This initiative is designed to create opportunities for socializing, exercise, and healthier eating habits. Raised beds available for the elderly and handicap.  Find out more about our Garden Initiative

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Diamonds in the Rough

Preventative Care and Political Health

With the issues facing our community, we strive to find new strategies for dealing with challenges of high medical incidents and low numbers at the voting poles. Diamonds in the Rough is a team of women dedicated to making sure residents are both physically and politically healthy and making sound medical and voting decisions. Being healthy in all aspects is something that we take very seriously, and our team is working each and every day to make a positive impact on our community in these areas. Contact us to learn more about our commitment to this cause.

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Recent Events & 10th yr. Anniversary

Celebrating History, Building Futures is our Motto

COV-19 Pandemic has occurred & GDNA stands with our residence. .... We were able to do 24 weeks+ of delivering meals  to our residents along with  COV-19 relief supplies, in partnership with the Working Food COVID19 Local Food Response .  GDNA had a goal of 500 masks 60 Survival kits (bleach and such) and exceeded it...  Again, we give Thanks to "Align Law Firm" and Pastor Kenyarda T Feathers, Jocelyn Peskin  and many others for your spiritual and financial support... over 1000 masks and 230 bags later.... we were  able to work past the grant ... And know we present The GDNA'S  "Neighborhood Table" . That is right FREE food, clothing, toys, house hold goods and more .. 918 NE 18th street ... The Table is open for EVRYONE TO SETUP & TO DROP OFF FOR    "Our Neighborhood ... Your Neighborhood ... Greater Duval"

For this we give Thanks!!!!  #WeWillContinueToStandWithOurResidence

Community Leadership

GDNA's Partnership with Working Food, Local Farmers (i.e., Fisher Farms,  Siembra Farms, The Family Garden, Southland Grass Farm) AND DONATIONS From the public, we have been able to set up a "Community Table"  with Fresh vegetables, meats, produce, can goods, bagged food items, fresh bread, and snacks weekly. ...We also give away toys, clothes, furnisher, and many other needed household items. 


If YOU would like to Donate, go to our donate Button on this page or cash app. us @ $GREATERDVAL ... or JUST COME BY AND PLACE IT ON THE TABLE!



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Save the date: November 15, 2023



Hello Neighbors, Friends, and the Greater Gainesville Community,

Greater Duval Neighborhood Association is proud to announce our First Annual Holiday Fundraiser and Scholarship Gala. For the past decade, Greater Duval has provided services to our community through small grants, donations, and the love, sweat and tears of

our residents and supporters. This year we will host our very first community-wide fundraiser to increase resources and support for our community, and to establish the inaugural GDNA Community Scholarship.

How we serve: Currently, Greater Duval is a 501c3 that operates four community programs to facilitate service to the East Gainesville community of Duval Heights: Out East Youth Culinary Classes and Summer Sling Empowerment Program, Seniors On the Move and the GDNA Food and Garden Initiative.

About Our Community: The Greater Duval Neighborhood has been identified as one of the most economically challenged neighborhoods in Gainesville, FL. Despite such

hardships, Greater Duval is a tightly bonded community with strong generational ties and a

sense of togetherness. In more recent years, these inherent neighborhood strengths have been enhanced through the partnership of multiple organizations and community leaders throughout the city of Gainesville, all of whom are striving to bring financial stability, and address education, food accessibility, and economic development in the community.

Here’s how you can join in this movement of community empowerment and economic development: 1. Please read the following page for details about our fundraiser and

partnership or sponsorship opportunities 2. Please become a partner or sponsor. It’s just that simple. We promise this will be a night of fun you will not forget. Just imagine what GREAT things we can do together.


Banquet Details

Date: Friday December 15, 2023

Time: Doors open at 5:30 p.m. with Hors d’oeuvres. Event Starts at 6 pm. Dinner will be served at 7:15 pm

Activities: Buffet Style Dinner, Silent Auction, Keynote Speaker, Awards Ceremony, Toast and Live Music from The DR Band and Soul Fire.

Purpose: Proceeds will establish a $2500 scholarship for youth and young adults to aid in continuing education or career development through certification, enhance food production in the GDNA garden and support weekly activities and travel for the Seniors

GALA's Cost: $100 per ticket


(Includes full, half or quarter page ad in memory book and special gift).

Platinum Sponsorship: $1500 (10 seats and 5 donor seats and)

Gold Sponsorship: $1000 (Full Table or 10 donor seats)

Silver Sponsorship: $500 (Specify admit one or 5 or 5 donor tickets)


(Includes special mention in memory book and keepsake)

Partnership Level 1: $200 (Purchase one and donate one)

Partnership Level 2: $100 (Purchase one for someone else)

Partnership Level 3: Any donation of goods or services such as items for auction, décor, banquet items, printing services, funds for services, gifts for gift bags, etc.

How to purchase tickets: CashApp $GreaterDuval with your $100 and your name for reservations

Email: and give us instructions for donor tickets or for check pick up. Contact Carla Lewis: 352-441-8702 for more information.

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Youth Leadership & Development

Access to Food & Nutrition & Gardening Opportunities

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On The


Greater Duval delivered over 130+ care bags to elders & families and 750+ mask as COV-19 relief items for community residence thus far. We provided some economic relief by paying drivers, seamstresses, cooks, farmers, ect. .. on down the line where those who received was able to impact someone else. We're not able to do this without your HELP!  GDNA Thanks "YOU"!!

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During this COV-19 period GDNA will use "Innovating means and or measures to bring Info, Services and a place to ask questions for Honest answers", for "Our Neighborhood". We would love to "Assist Our Neighborhood to  Assist it's self" and reach out to other neighboring communities too insure a safe return to a "Normalcy" once again for "Our Neighborhood Your Neighborhood Greater Duval". Be sure to visit to stay up on information for our youth. You can also donate HERE  or us CASH APP.  $GREATERDUVAL to donate or mail your Donations to 918 NE 18th Street, Gainesville, Fl, 32641. or use our Youth page to support our efforts.

We need more light about each other. Light creates understanding, understanding creates love, love creates patience, and patience creates unity.

- Malcolm X -

Contact Greater Duval Neighborhood Association

918 NE 18th Street
Gainesville, Florida 32641

Phone: 352-225-5939

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Making a Difference

Through our Community Development, we have the potential to make a real and positive change in the community. This is one of our key areas of focus here at Greater Duval Neighborhood Association, and a source of much success for our Nonprofit Organization. Pictured above you see our Collaborative partner team that made up our Alachua Habitat for Humanity's Neighborhood Revitalization Committee.

It has   now transition to the Community First Community Development Corporation  (a DBA of GDNA)  ... Get in touch with us today and see how you can lend a helping hand and become a partner of GDNA and join the team.




Doing What’s Needed

We see every challenge as an opportunity, and creating opportunities can become costly. We are invested in an innovative approach that empowers our community and delivers the support they need, when they need it. Please press our Make Donation button or us CASH APP. $GREATERDUVAL to donate or mail your Donations to 918 NE 18th Street, Gainesville, Fl, 32641.  

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Education & Outreach

Tackling the Issue

Most of our efforts pertaining to this program involve studying new approaches and developing innovative ways to implement them. We evaluate our success in this field by gathering qualitative and quantitative data, and using that information to measure shifts and changes from our baseline measurements. We provide our youth with great opportunities for success in education, by implementing programs designed to empower students and parents.

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Support Services

Tackling the Issue

Greater Duval Neighborhood Association’s Support Services include Adult and Youth Supports, to increase the retention and graduation rates of first generation-low income students and students with disabilities and to assist those parents to become viable prospective homeowners. The Student Support Services staff is dedicated to providing a broad base of quality services which focus on enhancing an interactive, student-centered learning environment within a continuous improvement framework. The Adult Support Services provides referrals for enrollment into a comprehensive academic program and assist in the referral to supports and personal advisement and or social-cultural awareness programs and acquisition of requisite skills to make appropriate career choices as Greater Duval resident and current or future homeowner


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Summer Sling 2024 Applications can be Picked up - Call 352-225-5939 Return to - 918 NE 18th Street, Gainesville Fl., 32641 or email to 


Out East Youth Tutoring & Support Services start's our "2024 Summer Sling"
Dates: Monday - Friday
Starting: June 17, 2024 - July 27, 2024

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Meet with our "Seniors On The Move" every week Tuesday -Thursday @ the Clarence R Kelly center 10am to 12:30pm, 1701 NE 8th Avenue Gainesville Fl.  You don't want to miss this!!  Also if you're a Senior in the Greater Duval Neighborhood, contact use for referrals and assistance with home repair, medical, & insurance connection assistance.

Our Leaders

Our dedicated team of experienced professionals are always on the ball, utilizing their unique skills and passion to move the work of our Nonprofit Organization forward. We’re always pushing ourselves to stay ahead of the curve and striving to perfect our programs. Meet some of our incredible leaders below.

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Carla Miles

GDNA CEO/Secretary &

Director of Diamonds in the Rough

Carla Miles joined Greater Duval Neighborhood Association with the vision and drive to improve upon our Nonprofit Organization, and focused on developing the organization with experience and integrity.


Ernestine Butler


Nurse, Assistant Pastor and Leader of GDNA. Pastor Butler is dedicated to the residents and has a special love for the seniors of Greater Duval.


Shirley McNish

Community Garden Coordinator

With us since our founding, Shirley McNish is one of our veteran team members. Shirley brings years of experience and skills to the forefront in helping our organization grow and succeed.


Executive Director

Andrew L. Miles Sr.
Turning Interest Into Action

Here at Greater Duval Neighborhood Association, we’re committed to investing our expertise and resources in order to further achieve our cause. Since 2013, we’ve been supporting our community members in a variety of ways and measuring our success not by monetary size, but by more qualitative measurements such as the scale and effectiveness of our efforts. Just imagine what we can achieve together!

Our Gallery

See For Yourself

Take a look at our gallery of photos and videos taken at our events. These remind us to stay positive that what we do here at Greater Duval Neighborhood Association really does make a difference. We are thrilled to have great memories of all the fun times we spent while promoting meaningful change on earth. See for yourself.

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