Community Resources

Some helpful websites with information about visiting the U.S. and Tallahassee are:

211 Big Bend  Call 2-1-1 or (850) 617-6333, or visit the website for help navigating through the maze of community services available locally.  Their human service referral database is comprehensive and up-to-date. There is no eligibility criteria and services are free. Skilled hotline counselors can also provide confidential emotional support and crisis counseling 24 hours a day. 

ACE–Leon – Adult dependents and visiting family members may benefit from Adult and Community Education classes offered in GED® preparation, English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), High School Credit retrieval, Adult High School (AE), and Adults with Disabilities. English classes are offered during the day (before school-aged children get out of school) and in the evenings.

Bond Community Health Center – Review and verification of translated home country childhood vaccination records can be obtained here for pre-school and kindergarten through 12th grade school registration. Low cost child vaccinations and school physicals can be scheduled, in addition to general healthcare services for family members without insurance or with insurance that does not provide routine care, tests, or immunizations.

Capital Area Red Cross – The American Red Cross provides shelter and assistance information in the case of a natural disaster, flood, or fire, as well as emergency preparedness training.

City Parks, Centers, and Athletics – The City of Tallahassee offers a wide variety of beautiful parks, fun activities and lessons, adult and child athletics programs, swimming instruction, and more. Go to talgov.com and view the drop-down menu under “Play” for an overview of these resources. The City also has an email subscription service available to get announcement and event information emails.

Council on Culture and Arts  COCA provides information and promotes the arts and culture to both citizens and visitors and maintains a community calendar of events and activities in the community. COCA also has an email subscription service available to receive weekly information regarding highlighted community events.

Early Learning Coalition of the Big Bend – Family support services include pre-school tuition assistance programs (VPK), child care information services, and community referrals.

Florida Bar Association – A wealth of valuable consumer information is also available on their website. This association also has an attorney referral service available that provides half hour legal consultations with a qualified attorney for a fee of $25. Additional fees for further services would be discussed at the consultation. This is a reliable source for identifying an attorney for issues such as lease disagreements, accidents, misdemeanor offenses, or preparing a will.

Leon County Public Schools  Information on Kindergarten through 12th grade school zones, school grades, school registration requirements, school choice and magnet programs, and the school calendar can be obtained on their website.

Literacy Volunteers – Adult dependents and visiting family members may benefit from volunteers who provide one-to-one tutoring or group conversation sessions, helping them to learn how to read and write, do math, or speak English (ESOL). There is no fee for services.

Senior Center – Recreational activities, games, and language learning, including English as a Second Language, are offered for free or for a small cost for Tallahassee residents of all ages.

Tallahassee Democrat newspaper – Breaking news, sports, business, entertainment, State Capitol, and Florida State University coverage.

Trailahassee – This resource provides a searchable map of Tallahassee and surrounding area trails intended for bicycling, hiking, canoeing, and more (after selecting a trail, click “Zoom to Trail” to see the location and details).

Visit Tallahassee – Tallahassee visitor's guide.