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HOLIDAY MARKET PROMOTES CRAFTS AND FOODS MADE BY PEOPLE WITH DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES

PHOENIX (October 22, 2018) – Just in time for the holidays. Civitan Foundation is wrapping up the year with the Civitan Holiday Market on Thursday, Nov. 29 from 2 to 8 p.m. at Civitan Village, located at 12635 N. 42nd Street in Phoenix.

The Civitan Holiday Market will showcase products created by members of Civitan Foundation who are children and adults with intellectual disabilities. Items for sale include paintings and jewelry, baked goods and flavored butter, jams, fresh pasta, crafts created in art classes, as well as “treasures” from Civitan’s thrift stores, Flerish Design + Resale and Civitan on 66 in Williams. All proceeds benefit the programs and services of Civitan Foundation. Civitan Holiday Market is free admission.

In addition to items being sold in the market, food is available from Civitan’s Cook-er-y, a catering service where members learn job skills in a professional kitchen while earning an income. Other activities include information tables about Civitan programs and services, live music and a gift-wrapping service.

“This is a wonderful holiday shopping opportunity for the community,” said Dawn Trapp, CEO of Civitan Foundation, Inc. “Our members make the most beautiful arts and crafts, and tasty cookies, too! A gift for a friend or family member, which was made by one of our members will be cherished.”

Civitan Foundation delivers a variety of specialized programs and services to meet the ever-changing needs of children and adults with intellectual disabilities. Serving over 250 individual members per day throughout Arizona, Civitan is recognized as a community leader in dynamic, purposeful, and impactful programs and services promoting independence, community integration, and a healthy lifestyle.
Established in 1968, Camp Civitan in Williams, Arizona was the first residential summer camp experience open to individuals of all abilities in Arizona. Today, Civitan has expanded to provide statewide high-quality programs that focus on education, nutrition & health, life skills, socialization, job training, employment, and respite/habilitation/attendant care services.

Learn more about Civitan Foundation at www.civitanfoundationaz.org.
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INAUGURAL DANCE-A-THON A SUCCESS

PHOENIX (October 2, 2018) –  As with any first-time event, there is much uncertainty and excitement in its outcome. Civitan Foundation started it’s planning for its Dance-A-Thon in February 2018, and before the planners knew it, the party started at noon on Friday, September 28.

Civitan’s Dance-A-Thon was designed as a fundraiser as part of the year-long 50th anniversary celebration for Civitan Foundation, a non-profit with a mission of delivering superior life experiences, programs and services to enhance the quality of life for children and adults with developmental disabilities.

The goal of the event was to create an activity where the members of Civitan would actively participate and that meant dancing!

The Dance-A-Thon was 12-hours of dancing, music, food, face painting, games and plenty of action. More than 150 dancers, guests and vendors participated in the event, held at Gateway Academy at 3939 E. Shea. The dance raised about $20,000. The money raised at the Dance-A-Thon fundraiser will help purchase needed equipment and supplies for the services Civitan provides for more than 1,200 people each year throughout the state of Arizona.

Since 1968, with the opening of Camp Civitan in Williams, Arizona, Civitan has enhanced the quality of life for children and adults with developmental disabilities. Today, Civitan Foundation provides services throughout the Phoenix metro area, Williams and Maricopa. Services in Williams include the 15-acre fully accessible Camp Civitan, an adult day program and Civitan on 66 Boutique western-themed thrift store. In Phoenix, programs include the Civitan Village Adult Life Learning Center, the Respite Ranch, Flerish Design & Resale thrift store and Group Supported Employment programs.  Civitan also offers an adult day programs in Maricopa and Williams, as well Home and Community Based Services statewide.

The Civitan team is looking forward to next year’s event. Stay tuned! Join us for the Civitan Holiday Market on Thursday, November 15 from 2 to 6 p.m. at Civitan Village, 12645 N. 42nd Street.

For more information about Civitan Foundation and how you can give to support children and adults with developmental disabilities, go to www.CivitanFoundationAZ.org.

TOUR DE CIVITAN RAISING FUNDS FOR CAMPERS WITH DISABILITIES

PHOENIX (August 15, 2018) –  Three riders traveling 1,000 miles hope to raise $50,000 for Civitan Foundation’s Camp Scholarship Fund to support children and adults with intellectual disabilities attending Camp Civitan in Williams, Arizona.

The Tour de Civitan is a fundraising bike ride down the west coast of Washington, Oregon and California beginning August 23 in Seattle, Washington and concluding in Santa Cruz, California on September 15.

“My first experience at camp was nearly 30 years ago,” said Civitan board member and ride organizer, Frank Nightingale. “I saw campers have the best week of their lives doing everything from playing kickball, riding horses, presenting plays, and making a new best friend for life. No camper should miss out on the value in Camp Civitan because of lack of funding. The Camp Scholarship Fund will make sure that any camper who wants to attend will have the opportunity.”

Founded in 1968, Camp Civitan was established to provide an accessible and adventure-filled camp experience for children and adults with developmental disabilities in Williams, Arizona. Today, nearly 1,000 campers from around the southwest attend Camp Civitan during one of the 10-week summer sessions and multiple weekend outings throughout the year.

To help celebrate the 50th anniversary of Civitan Foundation, Tour de Civitan was created to generate funds for scholarships to help campers who do not have the financial resources to attend Camp Civitan.

“Not every camper has access to state-funded respite hours to attend Camp Civitan,” said Civitan Foundation, Inc. CEO Dawn Trapp. “Civitan Foundation does everything possible to help a camper who wants to attend Camp Civitan make it happen. Having a healthy scholarship fund will help us help more children and adult campers experience the fun, socialization and life-changing adventures that Camp Civitan provides.”

Civitan Foundation has expanded to provide statewide high-quality programs that focus on education, nutrition and health, life skills, socialization, job training, employment programs, and respite/habilitation/attendant care services to meet the ever-changing needs of children and adults with intellectual disabilities.  Serving over 200 individual members per day, we are recognized as a community leader in dynamic, purposeful, and impactful programs and services that promote independence, community integration and a healthy lifestyle.

The Tour de Civitan riders, Frank Nightingale, Jim Andrews and Gary Parkinson will leave Phoenix on August 20 and start their 1,000-mile ride August 23 from Seattle. The team is using maps provided by Adventure Cycling Association of Missoula, Montana to ride the safest bike touring routes, as well as camp at established facilities.

To make a donation in support of Tour de Civitan and Civitan Foundation, go to www.CivitanFoundationAZ.org/tour-de-civitan. The team will blog about their experiences on www.Facebook.com/TourdeCivitan.

 

DANCE-A-THON RAISING FUNDS WHILE CUTTING-A-RUG

PHOENIX (July 18, 2018) –  12-hours of dancing, music, food, face painting, games and plenty of action. It may sound like one of the valley’s music festivals, but it’s all going to happen at Civitan Foundation’s 1st Annual Dance-A-Thon on Friday, September 28 from 12 p.m. to midnight. The dance will be located at Gateway Academy, 3939 E. Shea Boulevard in Phoenix.

The Dance-A-Thon is a fundraising event to celebrate the organization’s 50th Anniversary and help Civitan expand on the mission of delivering superior life experiences, programs and services to enhance the quality of life for children and adults with developmental disabilities.

Registration for participating in the Dance-A-Thon is on Civitan Foundation’s website, www.CivitanFoundationAZ.org/Dance. The Dance-A-Thon is open to individuals, couples and teams. Participants may either dance for the fun, sponsor a dancer or a team, or help fundraise on behalf of Civitan.

“The idea of having a Dance-A-Thon was a no-brainer,” said Chief Executive Officer Dawn Trapp. “Our members love to dance, so we designed an event that we all like to do, will be fun and hopefully generate a lot of support from our community for people with different abilities.”

The money raised at the Dance-A-Thon fundraiser will help purchase needed equipment and supplies for the services Civitan provides for more than 1,200 people each year throughout the state of Arizona.

Since 1968, with the opening of Camp Civitan in Williams, Arizona, Civitan has enhanced the quality of life for children and adults with developmental disabilities. Today, Civitan Foundation provides services throughout the Phoenix metro area, Williams and Maricopa. Services in Williams include the 15-acre fully accessible Camp Civitan, an adult day program and Civitan on 66 Boutique thrift store. In Phoenix, programs include the Civitan Village Adult Life Learning Center, the Respite Ranch, Flerish Design & Resale thrift store and Group Supported Employment programs.  Civitan also offers an adult day program in Maricopa, as well Home & Community Based services statewide.

In addition to participation in the event, the Dance-A-Thon is an opportunity for businesses to form teams for group teambuilding or as an organizational community fundraiser. College groups, such as sororities and fraternities, as well as high school groups and leadership groups are also encouraged to register for the Dance-A-Thon.

Registration fees for Civitan Foundation’s 1st Annual Dance-A-Thon is $35 for each dancer, $60 for a couple and $250 for teams of 6 – 10 participants.

To learn more about the Dance-A-Thon and opportunities for sponsorship, demonstrations or volunteering, go to www.CivitanFoundationAZ.org/DANCE.

FREE SUMMER FOOD PROGRAM FEEDS CHILDREN AND PROVIDES JOB OPPORTUNITIES FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES

PHOENIX (June 6, 2018) –  This summer, children are enjoying free nutritious meals and snacks created by individuals with disabilities from the Civitan Foundation. Through the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP), low-income children,18 years and younger, are eligible for the meals at select locations when school is out.

“The Civitan Foundation is honored to be a part of such an important program for our underserved youth in the community,” said Dawn Trapp, CEO of Civitan Foundation, Inc. “Through the Summer Food Service Program, we are not only making a difference in our community, we are also providing valuable career training and employment for people with disabilities.”

Civitan Foundation, Inc. is a non-profit organization, located in Phoenix, providing statewide high-quality programs that focus on education, nutrition and health, life skills, socialization, job training and employment for people with disabilities.

This summer, Civitan is partnering with several sites in the Phoenix metro area and Williams, Arizona, to offer healthy meals, based on USDA nutrition guidelines. Supervised members of Civitan’s culinary program prepare and deliver the food to locations in north Phoenix, including the Civitan Village at 12635 N. 42nd Street. Meals served in Williams are prepared at Camp Civitan. Contact Civitan Foundation, Inc. for more information and locations.

The SFSP is a U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Child Nutrition Program created to provide free meals to low-income children. It is administered by the Arizona Department of Education. In addition to the funding from the USDA, Civitan Foundation received a grant from the Walmart Foundation to help expand and support its Hunger Relief and Transitional Employment program in 2018.

FREE SUMMER FOOD PROGRAM FEEDS CHILDREN AND PROVIDES JOB OPPORTUNITIES FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES

PHOENIX (June 6, 2018) –  This summer, children are enjoying free nutritious meals and snacks created by individuals with disabilities from the Civitan Foundation. Through the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP), low-income children,18 years and younger, are eligible for the meals at select locations when school is out.

“The Civitan Foundation is honored to be a part of such an important program for our underserved youth in the community,” said Dawn Trapp, CEO of Civitan Foundation, Inc. “Through the Summer Food Service Program, we are not only making a difference in our community, we are also providing valuable career training and employment for people with disabilities.”

Civitan Foundation, Inc. is a non-profit organization, located in Phoenix, providing statewide high-quality programs that focus on education, nutrition and health, life skills, socialization, job training and employment for people with disabilities.

This summer, Civitan is partnering with several sites in the Phoenix metro area and Williams, Arizona, to offer healthy meals, based on USDA nutrition guidelines. Supervised members of Civitan’s culinary program prepare and deliver the food to locations in north Phoenix, including the Civitan Village at 12635 N. 42nd Street. Meals served in Williams are prepared at Camp Civitan. Contact Civitan Foundation, Inc. for more information and locations.

The SFSP is a U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Child Nutrition Program created to provide free meals to low-income children. It is administered by the Arizona Department of Education. In addition to the funding from the USDA, Civitan Foundation received a grant from the Walmart Foundation to help expand and support its Hunger Relief and Transitional Employment program in 2018.

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ARTISTS SHOWCASE FINE ART IN YOGURT SHOP

PHOENIX (May 25, 2018) –   Art on display, and for sale, in a gallery or store is not unexpected, but in a frozen yogurt shop it is. However, in a store that often has lines and a full eating area it was the perfect destination for paintings created by artists from the Civitan Foundation.

“I was at the Yogurtini with my family and the place was packed!” said Bo Larsen, director of marketing and business development for the Civitan Foundation, Inc. “There were some paintings on the wall and I just knew our guys’ art was better. With so many people in one place, I thought this would be a great opportunity to showcase our talent.”

Yogurtini Bell Towne, a frozen yogurt shop, is located at 475 E. Bell Road in the Bell Towne Center.

The Civitan Fine Art Group is part of the Civitan Foundation, a non-profit organization providing people with disabilities superior life experiences, vocational training, and independent living-skill development.

“The artists earn an income by selling their artwork,” said Merilee Adams, creative arts director for Civitan. “Opportunities to show and sell their works builds confidence and inspires them to create. It’s a fun environment when we’re all working in the gallery painting.”

The Civitan Fine Art Group has a gallery and workshop located within Flerish Design and Resale, Civitan’s thrift store located at 12625 N. Cave Creek Road. The thrift store supports programs and services of Civitan, as well as provides job skill training for many of its members.

The Civitan Foundation, headquartered at 12635 N. 42nd Street includes the Civitan Village Life Learning Center providing members vocational training, music instruction, culinary and catering services, an arts and drama program, media services, yoga classes and more. Other programs include Camp Civitan in Williams. Founded in 1968, Camp Civitan is a unique camp for children and adults with disabilities. Flerish Design and Resale, where members learn retail skills, earn an income, and serve the community. The foundation’s Home and Community Based Services provide individualized services for members and families in the home. Other services offered by Civitan include a respite house for families, weekend community based recreation activities and, adult day programs in the towns of Williams and Maricopa, as well as the Civitan on 66, a boutique thrift store in Williams.

The art at the Yogurtini Bell Towne is on display through the end of July. For more information about the Civitan Foundation and its programs go to www.CivitanFoundationAZ.org.

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VOLUNTEERS AND DONORS ARE THE UNSUNG HEROES OF NON-PROFIT

PHOENIX (May 24, 2018) –   On a recent Saturday morning in May, Boy Scouts from Troop 11 in Cave Creek arrived at the Civitan Village in Phoenix to remove an old decaying wood deck, making way for the construction of a new cement patio. In just a few short hours, Troop 11’s Scouts and families moved heavy cement pots, cut-up the old platform structure, and cleared the area of debris to have it hauled off by the city. Members of organizations, such as the Fraternal Order of Eagles, lend helping hands at the Village by doing odd jobs, running crucial errands, and making deliveries of food for our commercial kitchen. The Village is also fortunate to have donors who provide financial support, materials and supplies. A few weeks ago, Civitan received yoga mats from strangers who read an article that Civitan’s members were in need. One gentleman gave a generous check to help purchase mats and yoga equipment with instructions to spend the rest on any other items that members would find useful.  In Williams, Arizona, teenage volunteers spend a week or more at Camp Civitan from June through early August helping implement social, recreation and adventure programs for over 50 campers with disabilities.  Volunteers and donors are an invaluable community resource supporting Civitan’s work.

Civitan Foundation is a non-profit organization providing people with disabilities superior life experiences, vocational training, and independent living-skill development. In 1968, thanks to community volunteers and donors, Camp Civitan was created to provide a unique camp for children and adults with disabilities. Today, Civitan Foundation has grown into a comprehensive organization with a range of services.  The Civitan Village Life Learning Center provides members vocational training, music instruction, culinary and catering services, an arts and drama program, media services, yoga classes and more. Flerish Design and Resale, located at 12625 N. Cave Creek Road, is a thrift store where our members learn retail skills, earn an income, and serve the community. Sales from the store support the programs and services of Civitan.  The Foundation’s Home and Community Based Services provide individualized services for members and families in the home.

Other services offered by Civitan include a respite house for families, weekend community based recreation activities, Adult Day programs in the towns of Williams and Maricopa, as well as the Civitan on 66 boutique thrift store in Williams.

Civitan Foundation is an innovative and successful organization celebrating 50-years of providing services for people with disabilities. With support from our unsung volunteer and donor heroes, dedicated staff, strong leadership and creative service development, Civitan Foundation will continue to meet the needs of people with disabilities for years to come.

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IT’S NOT A STRETCH. CIVITAN FOUNDATION NEEDS YOGA MATS.

PHOENIX (April 19, 2018) –  Each summer, the Civitan Foundation’s Camp Civitan, an overnight summer camp for children and adults with disabilities in Williams, serves more than 500 campers over 10-weekly sessions. Campers experience the same adventures as traditional camps, including swimming, art and drama classes, field-trips, sports and other activities, such as yoga and movement classes. The mats campers use have become very worn and damaged and Civitan is looking to replace them with 100 fresh new mats or slightly used ones for the upcoming summer.

“We use yoga mats daily for all sorts of stretching, movement and yoga classes,” said Camp Director Rob Adams. “For some of our campers, the stretching and low-impact strength building is critical to their quality of life when restricted with physical limitations. Staying limber, and being taught how to properly do so, is so important.”

Camp Civitan was founded in 1968 by parents and volunteers who wanted their children with special needs to experience the same overnight summer camp experiences other children had. Today, the camp is nationally recognized and is one of the largest of its kind in the country. The Civitan Foundation serves more than 1,200 families and individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities. Civitan provides a plethora of services and programs in Phoenix and Williams which include; the Life Skills Center at the Civitan Village in Phoenix, an emergency respite house, Flerish Design and Resale thrift shop, Day programing in Maricopa and Williams, as well as home based community services, including respite, habilitation and attended care.

To give a new or slightly used mat to Camp Civitan, deliver to the Civitan Village at 12635 N. 42nd Street in Phoenix. Tax deductible donations may also be made at www.civitanfoundationaz.org.

 

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Summer Job Becomes Lifelong Passion

PHOENIX (March 16, 2018) – Getting out of the summer heat of Phoenix is a great attraction for many high school and college students. Especially if the job is in the cool summer town of Williams – gateway to the Grand Canyon and home to the Bearizona Wildlife Park. For 50-years, there has been another job attraction which has changed the lives of young adults.

Camp Civitan is a 10-week summer camp for children and adults with special needs. This 15-acre wheelchair accessible facility has changed lives of high school volunteers and college-age staff since 1968. It is not unusual for many of these young adults to have life-changing experiences working with individuals with developmental disabilities.

Each week-long camp session offers special needs campers, some as young as 8 and as old as 65, the opportunity to make new friends, sing, dance, create art projects, do skits, visit the Canyon or Bearizona, and so much more. The experience allows individuals to blossom and grow away from home and family routines offering the most important and much-needed respite time for the families and caregivers at home.  Our campers and staff, as well, gain many new life skills which include, self-confidence, and independence.  Camp Civitan programs are designed to promote positive, healthy lifestyles while building meaningful and lasting relationships.

Volunteers and camp staff, share the same experiences as the campers and often find themselves looking at their future academic and career choices after a summer at Camp Civitan. “I will never forget my time at Camp Civitan, it has impacted my life forever, I view disabilities in a whole new light, my fears are gone and the friendships I’ve built will last a lifetime, I will be back,” said John, a 15-year-old camp volunteer.

Many volunteers and staff look at social service careers, special education, health care and legal professions, and other pursuits which help individuals and families thrive, many have changed college studies after just one summer! The experiences and the relationships developed with the campers build a higher level of empathy and respect for individuals and families living with special needs.

On average, young college summer staff return to Camp Civitan for four summers, and many work weekends during the entire year. They don’t only return to camp for the fun and relationships with other staff and returning campers, but they these positions are also paid, on average, for the entire summer, 10-week-long sessions will earn about $6,000, not including all meals, lodging, and all the entertainment and fun. There is no better way to spend the summer, and help pay for college, not to mention, will be the most memorable summer you will ever have.

To learn more about Camp Civitan and the volunteer and staff opportunities available, go to www.CivitanFoundationAZ.org. or call 602-953-2944.

 

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