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Propelling a Partnership, “Pushing” Towards Change

Propelling a PartnershipFor the past two years, the Civitan Foundation, Inc. has been honored to partner with Push America charities to build a new, fully-accessible outdoor amphitheater at our Camp Civitan facility in Williams, AZ. Each year, over 50 male volunteers sacrificed their time and effort to give Camp Civitan’s facilities a “push” towards progress.

During the second consecutive Give-A-Push weekend Push America has granted to the Civitan Foundation, Inc., the men of Pi Kappa Phi built a costume room to complement the outdoor amphitheater and stage constructed during 2010’s GAP weekend. In addition to this facility, the volunteers completed construction of the new field house, laid mortar for the foundation of a new maintenance shed, contributed to the installation of the solar system and planted trees around camp. At the end of a hard day’s work, the men of Pi Kappa Phi joined Civitan clients around the campfire for an evening of singing, friendship and fun.

Founded in 1977 by the Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity, Push America strives to instill lifelong service in its members and enhance the quality of life for people with disabilities. Through their Give-A-Push grant program, Push America provided the Civitan Foundation, Inc. with $5,000 in 2010 and 2011 for building materials and supplies, as well as over 50 volunteers for a weekend of labor. We at the Civitan Foundation, Inc., as well as the clients we serve, could not be more grateful for their continued and generous support.

Ch-Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes for Civitan Thrift Store

Civitan Thrift & Trading CoTime may change it, but it’s certainly hard to trace where the time has gone. After seven wonderful years in their original location, the Camp Civitan Thrift Store is revamping, reorganizing, and relocating.

Civitan Thrift and Trading Co., as the shop is now named, opened its doors to the public January 29th from its new location on the main drag. Located at 129 W. Route 66, the shop boasts more space, more variety, and a new specialized clothing brand unique to Civitan. Civitan hopes that the shop will cater to both locals and tourists, providing a veritable gold mine of authentic, gently used western themed items. The company’s new clothing brand hopes to do just that, in fact. The “Western Worn” brand, designed to uncover the real cowboy in you, will be attached to hard to find vintage western wear and accessories.

In addition to the new brand, the Thrift and Trading Co. has a wide variety of treasures sure to suit anyone’s taste. From end tables to costume jewelry, jeans to wedding dresses, antique train memorabilia, and Route 66 artifacts, you’ll browse for hours as you search for your next great find.

If their merchandise isn’t enough to entice you, the smiling faces of the special needs clients that greet you from behind the counter will remind you that your dollars will contribute to a valuable cause. All proceeds from the Civitan Thrift and Trading Co. go directly to support the Civitan Foundation, Inc., an organization dedicated to providing vital services to individuals with developmental disabilities. According to Executive Director Dawn Trapp, clients from the organization’s Williams-based day program will work in the shop during the week as well.

In addition to checking out the new wares in the shop, you can support Civitan Foundation’s cause through the donation of your gently used items. “We value the support we’ve consistently received from the community of Williams,” Trapp said, “and we look forward to becoming an even greater contributor to town culture and commerce.”

The new thrift shop will be open seven days a week, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., with plans to extend evening hours to 9 p.m. in the future.

CAMP CIVITAN SEEKS TO “SERVE” WILLIAMS COMMUNITY

Over 3,000 Meals Served to Youth Through Summer Food Service Program
Summer Youth Food ProgramPeople say that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Here at the Civitan Foundation, we think lunch is pretty important too. That’s why we signed up as a sponsor with the Summer Food Service Program to provide breakfast and lunch daily to the underserved youth in Williams. Meals were prepared fresh each day at our Camp Civitan facility, located roughly five miles north of Williams, and then distributed at the town’s youth center. Over the course of the summer, Civitan was able to serve over 3,000 meals!
Camp Civitan, a beloved 15-acre handicap-accessible camp for adults and children with developmental disabilities, plays host to over 750 individuals each year. Staff and campers alike feel blessed to call Williams our home for even a few days out of the year. The Summer Food Service Program uniquely allowed us to serve our community, while offering job skill and food and nutrition training to our clients. Campers are presented with daily food and nutrition education throughout the summer camp sessions, designed to inform and encourage them regarding healthy food and fitness practices. In addition, new campers were selected each week to help assemble the meals for the Summer Food program, with the help and supervision of volunteers and staff members.
This program provided Camp Civitan with the opportunity to give back to the community that gives so much, both to our organization as well as countless others. Williams helps make Camp Civitan a “home away from home” for so many individuals, and this was our opportunity to begin to return the favor.

Putters, Golf Balls, and Flags, OH MY!

Camp Civitan Introduces Accessible Miniature Golf Course

Williams, AZ—Camp Civitan was proud to announce the grand opening of their brand new accessible miniature golf course at the start of the 2011 Summer camping session. Plans for the project have been underway since 2008, making the completion of the long-awaited course exceptionally gratifying.

With this new facility, campers participated in miniature golf at least twice a week, in addition to the many regular camp programs already offered at Camp Civitan. Campers also had the unique opportunity to receive training tips and techniques from a local PGA Golf Professional, Brandon Evans. Evans, who is a native of Williams, obtained a degree in Agribusiness: Professional Golf Management from Arizona State University. For 6 years during and after the completion of his ASU and PGA education, Evans served as an Assistant PGA Golf Professional at Elephant Rocks Golf Course in Williams, AZ. In addition, Evans played professionally for 1 year while at Elephant Rocks, and 2 years prior on various mini tours throughout the west coast as well as many PGA Southwest Sanctioned Events.
With Brandon’s help, campers learned how to grip a club correctly, line up their shot, and the proper mechanics behind their swing. This experience led to many memorable moments, both for Evans and the campers. “On multiple occasions at their miniature golf course a camper has made a hole in one with their very first shot ever. The smiles that accompanies these moments are priceless,” Evans stated, “with this population the sense of self gratification is immense.” In addition to weekly instruction and play, field trips to the local golf course were offered during the final two camp sessions. This trip allowed campers to experience golf on a larger scale, and put their newly acquired skills to the test.
Evans, who hopes to remain a part of the program as long as he remains in the Williams area, is particularly looking forward to the next phase of Civitan’s plans for the facility. Civitan has plans to install a full swing area, once they have obtained adequate funds and support. “I am looking forward to the completion of this phase so that the campers can begin discovering more of the game of golf,” Evans said.
Civitan is blessed with a supportive community, and this program was a testament to that fact. The Camp Civitan Miniature Golf Course was made possible through several generous donors, including Thunderbirds Charities, National Alliance of Accessible Golf, City of Peoria, Padre Murphy’s, Old Pueblo Civitan Club, Metro Civitan Club and Phoenix Breakfast Civitan Club.
Since 1968, Civitan Foundation, Inc. has been dedicated to providing our community an accessible, safe and affordable environment while delivering superior life experiences to enhance the quality of life to individuals with developmental disabilities of all ages. It is our goal to provide accessible recreation and educational experiences to people of all abilities. Our flagship program, Camp Civitan in Williams, AZ, provides this targeted population a chance to play and learn together, enjoying the great outdoors, while providing much needed respite for caregivers and families.

Coming Together to Feed a Community

Coming Together to Feed a Community
Over its 43 year history, Camp Civitan has become an integral part of the Williams community. We are constantly seeking new ways to engage and support the community that has so completely welcomed us into their home, as they are constantly supporting us. Through several key partnerships this summer, the Civitan Foundation, Inc. made it our mission to let no child in Williams, AZ go hungry.

Continuing their long and generous tradition of supporting Civitan, the Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust funded the renovation and replacement of the Camp Civitan Walk-in Cooler/Freezer. This new facility, which had not been updated since 1972, increased both our food storage capacity and quality control. To supplement this new facility, the Williams Community Fund generously donated funds for the purchase of a Cambro Camtherm Food Holding Cabinet, which enabled Civitan to safely transport meals to and from the Camp Civitan campus. In addition to this new equipment, Civitan was once again blessed with countless donations from the Williams Food Bank, and the St. Mary’s Food Bank in Flagstaff. Over the past five years, these organizations have provided Camp Civitan with nutritious, quality food supplies to support its programs.

Through the unending support and collaboration of these organizations, Civitan continued its participation in the Summer Youth Food Program. People say that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Here at the Civitan Foundation, we think lunch is pretty important too. That’s why, for the past two years, we have signed up as a sponsor with the Summer Food Service Program to provide breakfast and lunch daily to the underserved youth in Williams. Meals were prepared fresh each day at our Camp Civitan facility, located roughly five miles north of Williams, and then distributed at the town’s youth center. This program is designed to fill the nutrition gap left by the removal of regular school meals, which can set up a cycle for poor performance once school begins. This summer alone we were able to supply almost 4,000 meals and snacks!

You can help us feed the community! Contact Civitan today to find out how at 602.953.2944.

A “PUSH” TOWARDS PROGRESS FOR CAMP CIVITAN FACILITIES

Civitan Foundation, Inc. Partnered with Push America Charities to Build a New, Fully Handicap-Accessible Amphitheater in Williams, AZ.

GAP Story35 male volunteers rolled up their sleeves, pulled on their gloves, and tightened their tool belts this weekend at Civitan Foundation, Inc.’s Camp Civitan facility in Williams, AZ. October 1st thru 3rd, Camp Civitan played host to Pi Kappa Phi’s charity organization, Push America. The fraternity sponsored a Give-A-Push weekend to install a brand new amphitheater on Camp grounds.

Founded in 1977 by the Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity, Push America strives to instill lifelong service in its members and enhance the quality of life for people with disabilities. Give-A-Push Weekends have been a part of Pi Kappa Phi’s service experience since 1989. The service activities provided by this organization focus on the construction of accessible environments and cycling events that span from coast to coast. Pi Kappa Phi is heavily involved in the construction of accessible environments nationwide on campuses, in communities, at camps for people with disabilities, and even at individuals’ homes. Members of Pi Kappa Phi work year round, providing funds and man power, to help create a barrier free society for people with disabilities. Visit their website at pushamerica.org to learn more.

Through their Give-A-Push grant program, Push America provided the Civitan Foundation, Inc. with $5,000 for building materials and supplies, as well as 35 volunteers for a weekend of labor, to be used towards the construction of the fully accessible amphitheater. In addition to constructing the amphitheater, volunteers pulled weeds, repainted water receptacles, refinished wooden waste bins, and built and painted benches to provide seating for the amphitheater. The men of Pi Kappa Phi were joined by 10 Civitan clients, as well as a handful of Civitan staff.

Scattered throughout the labor intensive weekend, volunteers and clients alike found time to set aside their tools and let their hair down. Bouts of karaoke, pick-up basketball games, and a heated four-square tournament cropped up throughout the weekend, providing the Pi Kappa Phi fraternity brothers and Civitan’s clients with a unique chance to bond. Our organizations are investing together to make a lasting difference in the lives of individuals with disabilities. Push America’s unique spirit of abundance made this weekend possible, and we at Civitan are grateful for their partnership.

Since 1968, Civitan Foundation, Inc. has been dedicated to providing our community an accessible, safe and affordable environment while delivering superior life experiences to enhance the quality of life to individuals with developmental disabilities of all ages. It is our goal to provide accessible recreation and educational experiences to people of all abilities. Our flagship program, Camp Civitan in Williams, AZ, provides this targeted population a chance to play and learn together, enjoying the great outdoors, while providing much needed respite for caregivers and families. Camp Civitan is a 15-acre wheelchair accessible facility for developmentally disabled children and adults, which offers campers a variety of enriching and fun experiences that promote positive self-esteem, teamwork, socialization, and healthy activities.

New Services for Special Needs Youth

Civitan Foundation, Inc. Opens Day Treatment and Training Program for Special Needs Children and Teens in Buckeye.
Buckeye DTT
BUCKEYE, AZ—Civitan Foundation, Inc., one of the Valley’s leading service providers for individuals with special needs, announces the grand opening of a new program facility in Buckeye. On March 6th, Civitan will christen their new program with a ribbon cutting ceremony at the First Southern Baptist Church of Buckeye (FSBCB). FSBCB has graciously opened their doors to Civitan’s new program, offering their newly remodeled building as the program’s location.

Civitan’s Day Treatment and Training Program (DTT) is designed to provide after-school and summer programs for individuals with physical or developmental disabilities between the ages of 5 and 17. The program was created to promote independence, as well as develop social, cognitive and independent living skills. Individualized, hands-on programming allows participants to learn through recreation, community and education based activities, while building self-esteem, confidence, social and community skills.

Within the program, participants will develop and enhance skills in accordance with their Individual Support Plan (ISP). This support plan incorporates each parent’s input regarding their child’s personal, educational, social and life skill goals, factoring in their vision for the future. This information is then utilized to develop activities that best suit each participant’s individual needs. Additionally, children and adolescents will have opportunities to experience real life situations in a supportive learning environment through field trips to museums, libraries, movie theatres, and parks. Service providers will assist each individual on a daily basis with: community integration, peer socialization, structured activities, homework completion, and having FUN!

Civitan’s DTT program is offered year round, Monday – Friday from 1:00 pm until 6:00 pm. Special hours and programs will be available for holidays and school breaks. Transportation to the program can be arranged on an individual basis, either through Civitan or the individual’s school district. Parents are responsible for transportation home after programs. Civitan is now hiring Respite and Habilitation Providers, as well as DTT Providers for this area. For a tour, information regarding placement and availability, or employment information, please contact Noreen Crane, (602) 953-2944 or ncrane@campcivitan.org.

Civitan Foundation, Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, was founded in 1968 and is dedicated to enhancing the lives of children and adults with developmental disabilities. Civitan provides services to individuals throughout the Metropolitan Phoenix area, including: Camp Civitan; Adaptive Food and Nutrition Education; Respite and Recreation Programs; Home and Community Based Services(HCBS); as well as a Youth Volunteer Program. To learn more, visit www.campcivitan.org.

CLC Launches

Civitan Foundation, Inc. to launch college program for students with intellectual and developmental delays
CLC Launch
Education, job training and greater independence toward a sustainable future are the goals of a new college program announced today by the Civitan Foundation, Inc. that tailors to the needs of persons with intellectual and developmental delays.

Dawn Trapp, Executive Director of the Civitan Foundation, Inc., has worked with children and adults in the nonprofit organization’s successful Summer Camp and Day Training programs since 2003. “Every day we see this capable population accomplish so many amazing things just by trying,” she said. “More options at the post-secondary level will give them the skills they need to build greater security throughout their lives.”

Civitan will launch a pilot class this fall in partnership with Coconino Community College of Flagstaff. The new program – Civitan Learning Center (CLC) – will offer a curriculum of life skills; visual and performing arts; finance; job training; culinary; and basic academic courses such as math, reading, grammar, social studies and science.

The first semester begins at the Civitan Foundation, Inc. complex at 1106 E. Grovers Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85022 in January.

Beginning with second semester in September, students will live in residential dormitory rooms at Camp Civitan in Williams. Three meals per day and transportation to and from classes in Camp Civitan accessible vans are included in fees for tuition and housing.

To better prepare students for future employment, Coconino Community College will administer career aptitude tests. Based on test results and students’ personal interests, individualized class schedules will be created.
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CLC students will attend classes five days a week and also participate in the Camp Civitan Organic Gardens project in Williams. “Working hands-on in a garden, tending crops and selling vegetables in our marketplace will not only offer personal satisfaction, but also teach customer service, sales and marketing,” notes Trapp.

“We want our students to get a true college experience, with opportunities to learn firsthand about living and working on their own, attending classes, and being part of college and community life,” explained Trapp. “Something as simple as having a college photo ID is a big deal and motivates them to learn.”

All students who finish CLC will receive a Certificate of Completion. A degree option is also available for students who maintain good grades and wish to attain an accredited Associate Degree. Enrollment for the first semester pilot program is limited to 36 students. The program is two years long, but students can go for shorter or longer periods based on their goals.

In addition to student financial aid (see http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/ for details) and private pay options, a newly created State of Arizona Empowerment Scholarship Account (ESA) is now available for those who attended an Arizona public school for a minimum of 100 days in the 2010-11 school year. To apply for an ESA, visit Arizona Dept. of Education at http://www.ade.az.gov/ESS/ESAs/ESA_ED_Fall2011.pdf for an application. Terms apply, so be sure to read the contract carefully before signing.

Trapp is very excited about launching the Civitan Learning Center because of its potential benefits for students and their families. “If the outcome is a lifetime of greater independence, friendships, and job options for adults with intellectual and developmental delays, then CLC will be a remarkable success.”

To learn more about the Civitan Learning Center, call the Civitan Foundation, Inc. at 602-953-2944.

Camp Civitan Thrift: New Changes for a New Year

Camp Civitan Thift StoreWith merchandise that promises to provide one of the best shopping experiences in Williams, the Camp Civitan Thrift Store has been a vital source of support for the Civitan Foundation. The Civitan Foundation, Inc. is a nonprofit organization that has been part of Williams since 1968, with the foundation of Camp Civitan. Their main program, this is a residential camp utilized all year long for individuals with developmental disabilities.

The Camp Civitan Thrift Store is bringing a host of improvements to greet the new year. Most importantly, we will be moving to a new location in February on 129 W. Route 66. The store will occupy what formerly served as the dry cleaners building in town. With this new location, the store will introduce a “Western Corral” section. This new department will feature our new brand, “Western Worn” (a line of gently used western clothing), as well as a myriad of western knickknacks, and top of the line cowboy boots and hats.

In addition to this new section, the store was recently redecorated with new special sections for shopping pleasure and efficiency. The book corner offers a relaxing place to browse for unique finds, whether choosing an old classic or hard to find author. In days past, thrift stores have had a “stigma” attached, but in these times, the items donated are often name brands, many times new, and hard to find eclectic clothing, art and collectibles.

In addition to supporting Civitan through revenue, the Camp Civitan Thrift Store provides Civitan’s clients with the opportunity to gain life skills while engaging with the community. Clients from our new Williams Day Treatment and Training Program will be working at the shop, serving as cashiers, stocking shelves, and completing inventory. Stop in to say hi, and meet some of the wonderful unique individuals your support allows us the opportunity to serve.

For over 42 years, Civitan has been a beloved member of the Williams community. Our programs continue as a direct result of the continued support we have received, through partnerships, donations, and the love of Williams town residents. Our hearts are filled with gratitude this holiday season, as well as the whole year through.

The store is open Tuesday through Saturday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., and closed Sundays and Mondays during the winter season. Stop by to see us this holiday season!

Camp Civitan is Going GREEN

Camp Civitan is Going GreenThe Civitan Foundation, Inc. is proud to announce the installation of several new solar projects at our Camp Civitan facility in Williams, AZ. We have long been devoted to helping our campers improve their health and well-being, and are in the process of developing numerous sustainable resources to help us towards that goal.

No Freeze, No Fuel Greenhouse
The new greenhouse incorporates passive solar principles, utilizing the sun for 100% of its heat requirement during the winter. This project was made possible through the generous donation of labor and design from Coconino Community College. We are sincerely grateful for the help of Joe Costion, Leancy Rupert and Thad Johnson.

The sustainable greenhouse project will play a key role in our exciting plans for a Camp Civitan Farmer’s Market. Campers will assist in the planting, gardening, and cultivation of produce, as well as the marketing and sale of food items. Through their active participation, campers will learn first-hand where their food comes from, how to make healthy choices, and discover the joy of creating delicious, nutritious meals from start to finish!

8.640 kW Solar Photovoltaic (PV) System
Through a grant provided by the Arizona Department of Commerce, offered to provide renewable energy to Arizona non-profits, Civitan has just completed installation of a 240 watt solar system designed to replace a significant portion of the energy needs of the dining hall at Camp Civitan. The system will effectively cut energy generation of the main building, the largest and most utilized within the camp complex, by more than 50 percent!

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