"My hands do the work of the world and reach out in service to others"
The Civitan Club was established in 1917 in Birmingham, Alabama by a group of business leaders as a way to positively impact their community.
Word quickly spread and soon numerous Civitan Clubs had been established across the nation. By 1920 Civitans Clubs had sprung up throughout the United States in such numbers that the decision was made to go international with the concept.
In the succeeding years clubs have been established in Norway, Sweden, Japan, South Korea, Russsia, India, the Ukraine, Jordon, Romania, Nepal, Estonia, Slovakia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Ghana and Pakistan.
Each Civitan Club has been encouraged to to seek out and fulfill community needs.
Projects have ranged from building playgrounds for young people with disabilities, to enviromental cleanup, to providing scholarships and resources for schools.
Clubs have fed the homeless, walked for cures and cared for elderly. There is no limit to the number and variety of projects Civitan undertake.
THE ARLINGTON FLEA MARKET IS OUR BIGGEST FUNDRAISER
In 1986 the Arlington Civitan in cooperation with the Arlington County Government joined forces to provide the Arlington community with a public venue to recycle used goods.
The Arlington Flea Market was born and in the ensuing years has become the "mother" of all flea markets in the local community.
Here, people who would ordinarily hold a garage sale in front of their house can sell not to just dozens of people, but hundreds.
Professional vendors who specialize in collectibles can establish a steady clientele who return month after month in search of treasures.
Benefiting from this assemblage of part-time and professional vendors are the people of Arlington and the surrounding communities who can count on finding Flea Market treasures and saving money at the same time.
But by far the people who benefit the most from the Arlington Flea Market are the people the Arlington Civitan supports.
Every dollar made at the Arlington Flea Market from sale of the rental spaces to vendors and the monies made from the sale of refreshments go to support the causes espoused by the Arlington Civitan.
We thank everyone who has supported the Arlington Flea Market in the past and those who will be supporting us in the future by their attendance and participation. Each person in their own way is helping us to live the hope of Civitan for a better world.