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Our Mission

Project Downtown Gainesville is a local non-profit community service organization, based on Islamic principles and inspired by the national Project Downtown initiative, that contributes to the well-being of the greater Gainesville community by providing necessary services to its homeless, indigent, and disadvantaged members while fostering a positive image of Islam through cooperative social work and outreach. Despite our background, we are NOT a denominational organization and welcome any and all humanitarians to serve with us for the betterment of our community.


We serve hot meals every Saturday and Sunday at City Hall on University Avenue at 1 PM. If you wish to volunteer, we ask you arrive shortly before this time period and be cognizant of any events which may be ongoing which may create difficulty in parking. Our consistency in support allows us the privilege to form lasting, meaningful relationships with those we serve in social and emotional means.

Project Downtown is a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, and donations are tax deductible. We welcome donations of any level, and also encourage volunteers to cook meals for us as well (please email us if this is of interest for you). 

For any other inquiries, questions, or comments, please contact us at

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