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What is CommunityWise?

At CommunityWise we offer more than just subsidized office space; we build the capacity of nonprofit organizations by creating opportunities that facilitate increased knowledge, skills, efficiency, opportunity and effectiveness for our members by activating their collective skills and intelligence.

CommunityWise is a nonprofit centre which serves as a support organization for approximately 95 member groups. It directly employs a Staff Collective of four who work according to a flat organizational structure based on consensus decision making.

We maintain a historic venue that provides offices, meeting rooms, activity spaces, both indoor and outdoor common spaces, and shared office equipment for members. Increasingly, we are aiming to facilitate community development, networking, collective self-care, and other collaborative opportunities for both members and the broader community. Our most recent focus is on developing an Equity Framework for CommunityWise through an Anti-Racist Organizational Change (AROC) process.

Most of our members are small, volunteer-run initiatives providing peer-support or advocacy for marginalized communities or social issues. View our member list here.

What to expect in a social work practicum with CommunityWise?

Practicum students participate in CommunityWise core operations (member support, facility  management) while also helping to plan and implement ongoing programming or one-time events related to organizational community development and capacity building.  Students practice essential skills like project coordination, communication, member outreach, research, evaluation, facilitation, administration, and peer support.  These skills are practiced within the context of anti-oppressive practice and values-based decision making.  Students also have the opportunity to work with and learn from our member groups.

In 2017, we completed a participatory evaluation about the experiences and outcomes of practicum students at CommunityWise. The report can be viewed here.


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