“We Rock the Spectrum” Owner Talks Fundraising Efforts Amid Pandemic
Like many humanitarian organizations, “We Rock the Spectrum – Brainerd Lakes” has taken a bit of a hit during the COVID-19 pandemic. We spoke with one of the co-owners, Ben Martinka, about how they have been doing, and what steps they are taking to raise funds right now.
Martinka began by explaining what We Rock the Spectrum (WRTS) is and what they’re all about.
He continued by outlining some of the activities the kids do at WRTS, as well as how the staff there interacts with the kids.
With the main attraction being the indoor gym, WRTS has taken extra steps to ensure the safety of the kids and parents as the pandemic continues to progress.
Having closed for 3 months earlier in 2020, the organization has felt the heat from the COVID-19 pandemic, and as they technically do not have non-profit status, they haven’t been eligible for as many grants as non-profits are. Martinka explained some of the ways in which WRTS is trying to raise funds to keep the indoor gym going for the kids who need it.
Finally, Martinka gave some contact information for anyone who would like to donate to We Rock the Spectrum, or help out in any other way.
We thank Ben Martinka for his time. You can find the WRTS website here and their Facebook page here. The link to the GoFundMe that WRTS is running can also be found here. Below, you can listen to our full interview with Ben Martinka.