Volunteering and Community ENGAGEMENT
WHAT IS COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT?
Within our community there is a wealth of knowledge and experience which, if used in creative ways, can be channelled into collective action to achieve community goals.
Community development seeks to empower individuals and groups of people by providing them with the skills they need to effect change in their own communities and within the context of larger social institutions.
It involves changing the relationships between ordinary people and people in positions of power, so that everyone can take part in the issues that affect their lives. The key purpose is to build communities based on justice, equality and mutual respect.
WHY A COMMUNITY LEAGUE?
The community league is a volunteer organization formed to meet the needs and interests of residents within an area. Community leagues are recognized by the City of Edmonton as the primary speaking body for the community.
Membership carries many benefits with the most direct one being free entry at the new Commonwealth Stadium Recreation Centre. It costs approximately $20 dollars for a family of four to go swimming there once. Our annual family membership cost $5 and you can go the community swim there free each week!
Why not get involved with the League?
WHY VOLUNTEER? WHAT IS IN IT FOR ME? … YOU MAY BE SURPRISED.
Unlike many things in life there is choice involved in volunteering and becoming more engaged in community life. Volunteering is fundamentally about giving your time, energy and skills freely. As a volunteer you have made a decision to help on your own accord, free from pressure to act from others.
Top reasons why people volunteer:
To be involved in the community: 36%
Believed in the cause: 24%
Personally affected by the cause: 19%
Have friends or family who volunteer: 11%
Enjoy helping: 10%
Source: Volunteer Edmonton
Being involved has a meaningful, positive impact on your life and on your community. We sometimes take for granted the community we live in. People and societies co-depend on each other. It is a good place to network, socialize and make local friends.
We have an e-newsletter that is circulated monthly – if you are interested in finding out about local events or volunteering at an event let us know. Volunteers can do as little as 30 minutes a year to 30 minutes a day depending on how much involvement you would like. Volunteer for a one-off event? That can be a fun way of getting to know more people in the community. Send an email to Pccl.email@example.com and let us know what type of events you are interested in hearing about and we shall share those opportunities with you as they occur throughout the year.
It can help you learn something new or make new connections and friends. Volunteering is the perfect vehicle to discover something you are really good at and develop a new skill. As Mahatma Gandhi said, “Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.”
Boost your career options. A survey carried out on 200 employers showed 73% of employers would recruit a candidate with volunteering experience over one without.
Send a signal to your employer, teachers, friends and family… and love interests! Volunteering reflects and supports a complete picture of you, and gives real examples of your commitment, dedication and interests. Show people what you are passionate about and maybe you will inspire them too!
If you are a business owner, then you may already know that those businesses with the strongest attachment levels to their community have the highest levels of sustained growth and how the word of mouth factor is much higher in a local capacity! Get more involved and utilize this network?
There are many reasons depending on your situation to get more involved in the Parkdale Cromdale community.
SOME INTERESTING STATISTICS:
Walking for pleasure, gardening and attending fairs or festivals are the top three activities for Alberta households. Source: 2008 Alberta Recreation Survey, Alberta Tourism, Parks and Recreation
81 per cent of Albertan’s say taking part in cultural activities helps them to relieve stress. Source: Albertans’ Perceptions of Culture & Quality of Life Survey 2005. Ipsos-Reid
86 per cent of Albertans believe that taking part in cultural activities makes them feel good. Source: Albertans’ Perceptions of Culture & Quality of Life Survey 2005. Ipsos-Reid
A large majority (over 90%) of Albertans say that arts activities are important in contributing to the overall quality of life in their community. Source: Alberta Culture
94 per cent of Albertans believe that recreation and parks encourage children to be active, help them live healthy lifestyles and promote positive development. Source: Alberta Recreation and Parks Association, 2007. Public Perceptions on Use and Benefits of Local Government Recreation and Parks Services – Research Summary.