Community Building Fund helps the WSO Fine Tune Operations During COVID

Thursday March 17th, 2022

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A $77,800 grant from the Government of Ontario’s Community Building Fund has helped the Windsor Symphony Orchestra in its delivery of education and community programs as the organization rebuilds from COVID.

These funds support staffing and operational costs and allow the WSO to replace outdated equipment as it adapts to new ways of working.

With the funding, their phone system is being upgraded to allow for staff to work offsite and still respond to customers. The grant also supports the purchase of new computers to replace those with systems which are no longer supported by the manufacturer. As well, new software and increased bandwidth on the internet will allow the WSO to meet the changing needs of programming and service delivery in the short and medium term. These upgrades allow the WSO to continue building an online presence and delivering programming despite the challenges of the pandemic.

“The WSO is extremely appreciative to the Ontario Trillium Foundation for its foresight in recognizing the challenges facing organizations as they adapt and endeavour to maintain programs and community connections with the impediments created by COVID,” said Sheila Wisdom, WSO Executive Director. “The support received through the Community Building Fund allows us to adapt to new ways of working and to meet the changing needs of program and service delivery, especially in the field of education programming. The new phone system, computers, and equipment provided through this grant will serve the WSO long after the grant has ended.”

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