Civitan International is an organization of
volunteer service clubs around the world, dedicated to helping people in
their own communities. Civitans help wherever the
need arises – from collecting food for a homeless shelter, to volunteering
at their local retirement home, to building a playground for children with
disabilities. Civitans have been helping people
since the organization’s founding in 1917, by a group of businessmen
determined to make a difference in their community.
In the 1950’s, Civitan
adopted a special emphasis on helping people with developmental
disabilities. Civitan was one of the major
supporters of Special Olympics International, and thousands of Civitans still support these local events. Civitan clubs also fund and organize special camps and
events for people with developmental disabilities.
The focus of this mission is the UAB
Civitan International Research Center, located on the campus of the
University of Alabama at Birmingham. Made possible through an ongoing
financial commitment from Civitan, this
world-class research facility is a center for research into disorders such
as autism, Down syndrome, brain tumors, epilepsy, and many more. Civitan also helps fund the Civitan-Sparks
Clinics, a treatment and therapy center also located in Birmingham. At this
center, children and families with developmental disabilities can receive
diagnosis, therapy, counseling, and other resources they need. The Civitan-Sparks Clinics helps thousands of children and
families with developmental disabilities each year.
clubs outside North America are also taking on momentous projects. In the
Philippines, the Civitan Asia Training and
Research Institute is an academy where doctors, teachers, and other
professionals learn to serve children with developmental disabilities.
In Norway, the Civitan Norway Research Foundation
funds crucial scientific research into Alzheimer’s disease. And in West
Africa, Civitans provide clean drinking water and
education for people in rural communities.
and Campus Civitan are Civitan’s
youth and collegiate programs, respectively. These clubs take on innovative
service projects, fundraisers for the Civitan
International Research Center, and receive valuable leadership training.
Civitan also works to support the next generation
of leaders through the Courtney W. Shropshire
Scholarships, awarded each year.
Every day, Civitans
make a difference in their local communities and around the world. If you
would like to know more about Civitan
International, please contact us here, or call 1-800-CIVITAN.