Civitan International is a global organization impacting lives at the grass roots level through local service clubs. Members of Civitan share a Servant’s Heart and a desire to create positive change for people with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.


Founded in Birmingham, Alabama in 1917, Civitan expanded rapidly into a global force for change. The message of good citizenship rooted in compassion, service, and respect for people in need is just as important today as it was on our first day more than a century ago.


The Civitan International Research Center is the flagship program of Civitan International. Deeply rooted in the core mission of Civitan—serving people with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities—the CIRC conducts cutting edge research in brain-related issues such as autism, rett syndrome, down syndrome and many others. Civitan International is the only service organization dedicated to these issues which affect one in six people worldwide.






Civitan International
Civitan International
Another achievement for Civitan this year was developing and executing the first Civitan Walk & Roll for Research event held from August 31 – September 7, 2020. This event was held in conjunction with our virtual Breakthru Golf Benefit. For Walk & Roll, clubs held individual walks and fundraisers to support the Civitan International Research Center. While our Civitan Breakthru golfers fundraised and hit the links during the week to show their support. Clubs were able to make these fundraisers their own to better fit local safety guidelines as well as the needs of the club members. To date, both events together have raised over $150,000 and it is not too late to support an event near you! To make a donation to your favorite Civitan team go to www.civitanwalkandroll.com or www.civitanbreakthru.com.
Civitan International
Civitan International
The Civitan International Research Center is home to hundreds of brilliant scientists who work daily to develop better diagnostic tactics, treatments that will prolong the quality and quantity of life, and cures. They are using groundbreaking techniques and developing catalogs of resources that will be used for years to come. To support the Civitan International Research Center go to https://civitan.org/civitans-at-the-helm/.
Civitan International
Civitan International
How we serve had to evolve this year due to Covid-19, but it did not deter Civitans in supporting their communities. This year, Civitan created a one-of-kind service project that all clubs have had the opportunity to take part in called the Civitan Beach Bash. Clubs found creative ways to provide local residential agencies with an afternoon of games, food, activities, and fun. Each club made the project uniquely their own – some dressed up, some held donation drives, while others developed boredom buster kits with arts and crafts projects. Many clubs that participated have expressed hope that they will be able to grow the project next year, and maybe even see the residents safely face to face to be able to celebrate with them! To learn more about Civitan go to https://civitan.org/
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