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 AZontheAT.com 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 www.RebuildingTogether.org.
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 www.choicehotels.com.
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.
For 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.
Time 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.
Over 3,000 Meals Served to Youth Through Summer Food Service 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 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.
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.
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.
Civitan Foundation, Inc. Partnered with Push America Charities to Build a New, Fully Handicap-Accessible Amphitheater in Williams, AZ.
35 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.
Civitan Foundation, Inc. Opens Day Treatment and Training Program for Special Needs Children and Teens in Buckeye.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.