Civitan International is a more than 90 year old worldwide community service organization whose membership is open to all adults 18 of age and older. The “cornerstones” of Civitan are Service, Knowledge and Fellowship. Since the 1930’s Civitan International’s major focus has been helping people with developmental disabilities.
Civitan’s most widely recognized fund-raising programs in the United States are the Civitan Candy and Coin Box Projects. Serviced by volunteers, 100 percent of the projects’ net proceeds benefit those with developmental disabilities. Through its Candy and Coin Box Projects, Civitan funds the Civitan International Research Center, a research and treatment facility for developmental disabilities, at The University of Alabama in Birmingham.
The Civitan Creed
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.