Rebuilding Together and Choice Hotels international Team Up to Give Facelift to Outdoor Space of a Phoenix Nonprofit

More than 100 volunteers to revitalize garden and outdoor space for Civitan Foundation, which provides education and employment training to people with developmental disabilities

WASHINGTON, February 12, 2014 - Rebuilding Together, a national nonprofit, is working with Choice Hotels International to renovate the garden and outdoor space at the Civitan Foundation, Inc., an organization that offers a year-round camp, life skills training and employment opportunities for individuals with developmental and physical disabilities.

Rebuilding Together Valley of the Sun and Choice Hotels volunteers will provide free critical repairs to the recreation and garden space of Civitan’s newest facility, Civitan Village. Volunteers will install new wooden stairs and deck, landscape the grounds, and paint a new masonry wall.

“Rebuilding Together and Choice Hotels International are working together to provide the Civitan Foundation with a functional outdoor space, which will not only improve the lives of the program participants, but also will serve as a development tool allowing these individuals work to establish their personal life goals,” said Charley Shimanski, President and CEO of Rebuilding Together.  “We appreciate the support of Choice Hotels International and its employee volunteers to make this community as well as others around the nation safe and healthy.”

The Civitan Foundation’s Day Training Program provides an opportunity for personal independence based on the principle of ‘community helping community.’ Individuals work towards their own goals through guidance on daily living skills, education, positive social interaction, money management, exercise, nutrition, computer skills, arts and crafts and self-care. The program will also offer volunteer and employment opportunities through partner organizations.

 “Our associates want to take real action and show how serious we are about supporting those in need; so we’re giving them the day away from the office to do just that,” said Steve Joyce, president and CEO of Choice Hotels International.