What is Civitan?

Civitan International is a community service organization made up of clubs in thirty-nine countries around the world.  Its mission is to build good citizenship by providing a volunteer organization of clubs dedicated to serving individual and community needs with an emphasis on helping people with developmental disabilities.  Each club operates locally with volunteer members giving their time to make their community a better place to live.

The North Carolina West District is one of twenty districts within the United States formed to facilitate the establishment, management and growth of clubs.  The District ranges from the western mountains to the piedmont of North Carolina.  The easternmost district boundary of District North Carolina West is formed north to south including the Counties of Stokes, Forsyth, Davidson, Randolph, Montgomery, Richmond, and Scotland.

The District is subdivided into nine Areas for operation and fellowship, with a District Area Director assigned to each.  Currently, there are fifty-two clubs, with a total membership of over 1,500.  There are also forty-two Junior Civitan Clubs and one Campus Club at coming in the Fall at Appalachian State University within the District.

Civitan International’s flagship project is the University of Alabama Birmingham (UAB) Civitan International Research Center. Dedicated in 1992, the Research Center is the first institution of its kind in the United States to focus solely on researching developmental disabilities. Civitans are always reaching out to those in need in new ways—not only by supporting early diagnosis and treatment but also by searching for ways to prevent mental and developmental disabilities.

In addition to this flagship project the N.C. District West annually supports a number of worthwhile projects across the state such as Special Olympics, Victory Junction, the Boys and Girls Home of N.C., and a computer application called “Civisaurus” to encourage healthy programs among young children.  Each club also supports local programs identified as consistent with the mission and funding priorities.

The leadership of N.C. District West invites you to visit a local club near where you live or work and learn more about our dynamic organization.  If you live in one of the forty-four western counties in North Carolina there is likely a club near you where you can find fellowship, knowledge, and service.  If you are interested in establishing a new club in your community please contact the District Governor.