Together, amazing things can happen
In 2017, Crestwood Community League will celebrate its 100th birthday; the EFCL will follow close behind with its big celebration in 2021 and from the very beginning, both the Edmonton Federation of Community Leagues (EFCL) and community leagues have had only one really major goal in mind - to turn neighbourhoods into the best communities possible for all Edmontonians.
From the archives, a parade of community leagues and the years they started. Imagine the 157 leagues of today marching down Jasper Ave. in the KDays parade - what a sight, what a confirmation that they are the backbone and voice of Edmonton communities.
Volunteers make it happen
Community leagues and the EFCL were built by volunteers and fundraising efforts, but it didn't take long to realize that for the EFCL to continue its mandate of support for community leagues, partnerships of like-minded community builders would need to be formed - especially with the city.
The long-standing partnership between the City of Edmonton and the EFCL (and its membership) has enabled both parties to work together to achieve many accomplishments and overcome major challenges for our city over the years.
Partnerships make it possible
While we haven't dealt with world wars, great depressions nor the devastating floods of yesteryear, we continue to face challenges with an ever-expanding and diverse population, infrastructure needs as well as the challenge of providing cultural, social and recreational amenities for Edmontonians.
As a not-for-profit association, the EFCL operates on a very tight budget, and like its leagues, depends on volunteer efforts, event sponsorship and donations. Our biggest financial support comes from our corporate partnerships.
Without the help and generosity of our partnerships with the City of Edmonton, servus, Realtors Association of Edmonton, Foster Park Brokers, Northlands and FC Edmonton, we would not be able to provide support to the current 157 community leagues in Edmonton, all of whom do such great work in building strong, vibrant communities across the city.
And the benefits are endless
Edmontonians who have a community league membership have a powerful tool in their hands. These are the people who start the ball rolling by caring what happens within their community and ultimately, within the city as a whole.
These people, and the league board members they appoint, are ultimately who the EFCL provides support to. The support comes in many forms, but for the most part by providing educational support to community leagues, raising awareness of the community league movement through communications and events, and when needed, by being the voice at the city table.
With this type of support, these volunteer community leagues have done amazing things for almost a century - from getting roads built and electricity put in, to building numerous recreational facilities across the city. The programs they develop cover the spectrum - cutural, sport, social and educational - all to improve the lifestyle within their communities. Community leagues are also the first line of civic engagement.
Edmonton community leagues are unique - a mobile, active entity that is found nowhere else - not in Canada and not in the world. They make a lasting impact - and, they are not going anywhere.
BE A PART OF IT - join our proud partners and volunteers, for together we can continue to build a vibrant, welcoming city through communities that are, and continue to be, living legacies of civic intiatives, vision and indomitable community spirit.