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Women & Girls: Women’s Centre receives funding for server upgrade

Sudbury non-profit receives $19,475 through the Community Services Recovery Fund
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The Sudbury Women’s Centre can handle and store more client information thanks to funding through the federal Community Services Recovery Fund.

The local non-profit received $19,475 through the fund to upgrade its servers.

The upgrade to the centre’s servers and Client Relationship Management system will also it to handle more and more complex client information.

“Now more than ever, community service organizations, including charities, non-profits and Indigenous governing bodies, play a key role in addressing  complex social problems faced by many communities across Canada,” the centre said in a news release. 

SWC saw a significant spike in demand for its services following the COVID-19 pandemic such that the centre’s computer system couldn’t manage the increased load.

Calling the upgrade “vital” because of the sensitive client information stored on the servers, SWC said the updated systems improved staff communication and better data management.

“The funding provided by the Government of Canada has been vital for us at SWC,” said SWC Executive Director Giulia Carpenter. “It has allowed us to strengthen our support services, enhance our capacity as an organization, and address the challenges posed by the pandemic.”

The Community Services Recovery Fund is a one-time $400 million investment from the Government of Canada to support community service organizations, including charities, non-profits and Indigenous governing bodies, as they adapt and modernize their organizations.

“The Community Services Recovery Fund will enable organizations like Sudbury Women’s Centre that serve our diverse communities to adapt and modernize their programs and services and to invest in the future of their organizations, staff and volunteers. Together, we can rebuild from the isolation of the COVID-19 pandemic and build a more just and equitable future for those in Sudbury,” said Families, Children and Social Development Minister Jenna Sudds in the news release.

The Sudbury Women’s Centre is a non-profit, charitable organization dedicated to providing information, referral and support services to women, girls, and gender-diverse individuals who have been impacted by violence and/or difficult life circumstances.