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Civitan Club offers a chance to give back

August 25, 2010|By JENNIFER FITCH
  • Jo Ann and Joe O'Toole are helping start a Civitan Club in Waynesboro, Pa.
Jennifer Fitch, Bureau Reporter

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - A club being formed in Waynesboro to promote community service and benefit people with disabilities is in need of charter members.

The Waynesboro Area Civitan Club will be part of Civitan International, an organization formed in 1917 and active in 31 countries.

"We're going to charter the first week of October," said Jo Ann O'Toole, one of the founders.

Her husband, Joe O'Toole, became active in the Civitan Club in Frederick, Md., through his employer. He said he liked the aspect of "giving back" through projects like the Rock Creek School for developmentally disabled children, a holiday party for children, and adopt-a-highway.

The Waynesboro Area Civitan Club is meeting every Thursday at 6 p.m. at Parlor House Restaurant in the weeks leading to charter. Jo Ann O'Toole said they've signed up 13 members and hope for 35 before October.

"They have a lot of great ideas," she said of the initial members.

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Ideas in development include "adopting" families for the holidays, working with the Pen Mar Challenger League and supporting Special Olympics. Clubs also support Civitan International's research center in Alabama.

One of the common ways a club raises money is by placing candy boxes near cash registers at restaurants, the O'Tooles said.

Civitan Clubs use contributions to support already established organizations, allowing them to reach more people, Jo Ann O'Toole said.

Men and women ages 18 and older can join a Civitan Club, while teenagers can participate in Junior Civitans.

"It's all about helping people and helping people who can't help themselves," Jo Ann O'Toole said.

For more information, visit http://www.civitan.org. People wanting to join the Waynesboro club can attend a meeting or call 717-762-9247.

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