Civitan has a special emphasis on helping people with developmental disabilities. As part of that mission, clubs help fund the Civitan International Research Center (CIRC). The CIRC was established in 1989 on the campus of the University of Alabama at Birmingham. This world-class research center is dedicated to better treatment and understanding for disorders such as autism, cerebral palsy, brain cancer, and other illnesses of the human brain.
Membership in your local Civitan club goes beyond making a difference in the lives of others. Civitan membership provides opportunities for personal growth, leadership training, and organizational experience. Civitans from all walks of life have gone on to serve as leaders at the club, regional, and even international levels.
Many also join Civitan to meet civic-minded people, enjoy fellowship, and do something truly fulfilling with their free time. The level of involvement is entirely up to you!
It costs little to become a Civitan member. New members are assessed a small initiation fee. Members pay district-level and international dues on a quarterly basis. As a member, you can attend club meetings, participate in club projects, attend district and international events, and be eligible to hold office at the club, district, and international levels. Members also receive a subscription to Civitan Magazine, published bimonthly.