Mission Statement

The worldwide mission of Civitan International is to build good citizenship by providing a volunteer organization of clubs dedicated to serving individual and community needs, with an emphasis on helping people with developmental disabilities.

Civitan’s Vision:

A global community where people of all abilities and talents make the world a better place. 

Organizational Values

Civitan was founded on three tenets we hold dear – knowledge, fellowship, and service. These are the values that make the heart of a Civitan: 

Selflessly serving individuals in our communities

Giving everyone a seat at the table

Treating all people with the respect and dignity they deserve

Providing a place of belonging and kinship to neighbors and strangers alike

Having the confidence and conviction to stand up for what we believe in 

Embracing our knowledge to step up and lead within our communities


I AM CIVITAN: as old as life, as young as the rainbow, as endless as time.
MY HANDS do the work of the world and reach out in service to others.
MY EARS hear the cry of children and the call throughout the world for peace, guidance, progress, and unity.
MY EYES search for others to join in the fellowship and service of Civitan.
MY MOUTH utters the call to daily duty and speaks prayers in every tongue.
MY MIND teaches me respect for law and the flag of my country.
MY HEART beats for every friend, bleeds for every injury to humanity, and throbs with joy at every triumph of truth.
MY SOUL knows no fear but its own unworthiness.
MY HOPE is for a better world through Civitan.
MY MOTTO: builders of good citizenship.
MY BELIEF: do unto others as you would have them do unto you.
MY PLEDGE: to practice the Golden Rule and to build upon it a better and nobler citizenship.