Appalachian Man

Gary Parkinson decided to hike the Appalachian trail all the way from Georgia to Main, and is sponsoring Civitan Foundation as well as many other foundations for special needs kids. If anyone is interested in following his journey, you can visit for his hiking posts. Even more exciting than his charity hike, Civitan’s Media group “the Hub” took point on designing the marketing materials for Gary. From a produced video, to logo design and web work, Civitan clients were involved the whole time. Executive Dawn Trapp had this to say about the opportunity for Civitan media:
“Civitan is very excited to have the opportunity to partner and help Gary with this dream of hiking the AT. We were first introduced to Gary through our past board president Frank Nightingale, during the one of the annual Grand Canyon Rim to Rim adventure, where many of the hikers spend the night after at Camp Civitan for a night of great fun, food and storytelling, so Gary has experienced the warm and welcoming feeling at our special needs camp first hand.
When Gary came to us with his plans, we jumped right in to help, with our newly created client media team and offered our talents in web-site and graphic design and video production. This has been a great experience for our clients to be involved and have the chance to display their creative talents, and our first attempt in a “real” job final creation product in our media HUB.
As the months and miles past, we will be here in Arizona supporting and cheering Gary on! As he helps us in raising funds for scholarships enabling more individuals to also attend and enjoy respite camps.”

Rebuilding Together and Choice Hotels International Team Up to Give Facelift to Outdoor Space of a Phoenix Nonprofit

Original article appears on Rebuilding Together.

More than 100 volunteers to revitalize garden and outdoor space for Civitan Foundation, which provides education and employment training to people with developmental disabilitiesPainting and smiles

WASHINGTON, February 12, 2014 – Rebuilding Together, a national nonprofit, is working with Choice Hotels International to renovate the garden and outdoor space at the Civitan Foundation, Inc., an organization that offers a year-round camp, life skills training and employment opportunities for individuals with developmental and physical disabilities.

Rebuilding Together Valley of the Sun and Choice Hotels volunteers will provide free critical repairs to the recreation and garden space of Civitan’s newest facility, Civitan Village. Volunteers will install new wooden stairs and deck, landscape the grounds, and paint a new masonry wall.

“Rebuilding Together and Choice Hotels International are working together to provide the Civitan Foundation with a functional outdoor space, which will not only improve the lives of the program participants, but also will serve as a development tool allowing these individuals work to establish their personal life goals,” said Charley Shimanski, President and CEO of Rebuilding Together. “We appreciate the support of Choice Hotels International and its employee volunteers to make this community as well as others around the nation safe and healthy.”

The Civitan Foundation’s Day Training Program provides an opportunity for personal independence based on the principle of ‘community helping community.’ Individuals work towards their own goals through guidance on daily living skills, education, positive social interaction, money management, exercise, nutrition, computer skills, arts and crafts and self-care. The program will also offer volunteer and employment opportunities through partner organizations.

“Our associates want to take real action and show how serious we are about supporting those in need; so we’re giving them the day away from the office to do just that,” said Steve Joyce, president and CEO of Choice Hotels International.


About Rebuilding Together:
Rebuilding Together is a Safe and Healthy Housing organization that believes Community Starts at Home. Our focus provides critical repairs, accessibility modifications and energy efficient upgrades to low-income homes and community centers at no cost to service recipients. Our impact extends beyond the individuals served to revitalize and stabilize vulnerable neighborhoods and communities across the country. Our 187 local affiliates complete more than 10,000 rebuild projects a year thanks to the efforts of 100,000 volunteers from corporate partners, skilled trades professionals and everyday good citizens. Join us- visit

About Choice Hotels:
Choice Hotels International, Inc. franchises more than 6,300 hotels, representing more than 500,000 rooms, in the United States and more than 30 other countries and territories. As of September 30, 2013, 371 hotels, representing more than 29,000 rooms, were under construction, awaiting conversion or approved for development in the United States. Additionally, 84 hotels, representing approximately 7,200 rooms, were under construction, awaiting conversion or approved for development in more than 15 other countries and territories. The company’s Comfort Inn, Comfort Suites, Quality, Sleep Inn, Clarion, Cambria Suites, MainStay Suites, Suburban Extended Stay Hotel, Econo Lodge and Rodeway Inn brands, as well as its Ascend Hotel Collection membership program, serve guests worldwide. All hotels are independently owned and operated.

Choice Hotels International offers the Choice Privileges rewards program. With more than 19 million members worldwide, is one of the fastest growing hotel loyalty programs in the travel industry.

Additional corporate information can be found on the Choice Hotels International, Inc. web site, which may be accessed at

Choice Hotels, Choice Hotels International, Choice Privileges, Comfort Inn, Comfort Suites, Quality, Sleep Inn, Clarion, Cambria Suites, MainStay Suites, Suburban Extended Stay Hotel, Econo Lodge, Rodeway Inn, and Ascend Hotel Collection are proprietary trademarks and service marks of Choice Hotels International Inc.

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.