The Civitas Lancaster Club exists to provide life-enriching service to the Lancaster community. Each year through the fundraising efforts of our members, we are proud to sponsor a variety of organizations and initiatives throughout the local community.
Long’s Park is a beautiful, 74-acre reprieve from the fast pace of the world. Situated conveniently off U.S. Route 30 near Franklin & Marshall College, the park is enjoyed by thousands of people every year.
Our predecessor club (Sertoma Club of Lancaster) restored this early 20th century gift to the people of Lancaster after it had fallen into ruin in the 1950’s. Club members built an outdoor amphitheater as a home for free open-air concerts, Shakespearian plays and community events. Members also brought together over 4,000 volunteers to build an amazing 20,000 square foot playground (formerly known as Kid’s Place). In early 2018, our club contributed $150,000 to build a new playground to replace Kid’s Place. Each year the Civitas Lancaster Club contributes approximately 70% of the money raised from the BBQ to preserve the park and build new facilities for the enjoyment of people throughout the community.
Kids Kamp is a summer camp for youth, ages 10-15, who are facing difficult challenges in their lives. It is now just one part of a larger effort supported by Civitas Lancaster that includes Future Generations After-School Program and Connections, a summer day camp. Run by Compass Mark, this project applies the talents of its staff and over 100 volunteers to mentor nearly 200 children and family members each year, with impressive results:
- 86% increased school attendance
- 87% improved their grades
- 85% increased their ability to deal with anger
- 100% passed to the next grade level
Every year, hundreds of people from many lands become new citizens here in Lancaster. To welcome them, the Civitas Lancaster Club greets them at the ceremony and hands out American flags to each new citizen. From the time our predecessor club began honoring these folks we’ve welcomed more than 4,000 new citizens.
It is a great opportunity to meet people of many cultures and be reminded of both the privileges and responsibilities we share in America.
Civitas Lancaster sponsors bell ringing by the Salvation Army.
Civitas Lancaster Teen Clubs
Civitas Lancaster supports high school service clubs whose members participate in many service projects throughout the county.