We’ve all heard it said hundreds of times now: these are difficult and unusual times. This is also true for CommunityWise.
Our financial needs are threefold:
1) to recover the operating revenue lost through the closure of our building in the face of ongoing operating costs (building maintenance, staffing, security) so that we will be ready and able to operate at the same level of service to our members when we re-open;
2) to afford our members temporary office rent relief during a time when their own sources of revenue are severely jeopardized by COVID-19 so that the essential services they provide are not permanently interrupted; and
3) to learn about, and experiment with, alternative ways to connect with and support our members in the absence of a place-based colocation model
In response to COVID-19, we decided to close our building to the public and suspend community space rentals in order to limit the potential for community spread. Consequently, we immediately took a financial hit, as one of our core sources of operating revenue for the hub is rental income. Not only that, but overnight, in-person addiction recovery groups had to be put on hold and counselling services were made much more difficult. 2SLGBTQQIA peer support groups had to be suspended and refugee sponsorship work became nearly impossible to do. We also know that some of our smallest members will be the hardest hit over the long term due to their own declines in revenue from community donations and events.