Civitan International is the only service organization dedicated to serving people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD). The Athens Civitan Club was chartered in December 1985 out of a desire by Athenians to create a club in which both men and women were equal members and which had a special emphasis on helping those with I/DD. The mission of the Athens Civitan Club is to provide opportunities for its members to serve the needs of the local community, learn about the Athens area, and engage in fellowship.
There are Civitan clubs all over the world with similar missions. Civitan International, based in Birmingham, Alabama, also funds the Civitan International Research Center (CIRC). Since opening in 1992, the CIRC has emerged as a world leader in the research and treatment of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (I/DD) which impact the lives of one in six people worldwide. To learn more about Civitan International, visit the headquarters here.
Our members come from all walks of life. We have past and present university professors, world travelers, composers, health professionals, full-time moms and many others.