By Tonilyn Hornung
When Los Angeles County went into lockdown, Dina Kimmel, CEO and founder of We Rock The Spectrum Kid’s Gym For All Kids, jumped into action. “How can we remain open and help the community?” she asked.
Through her nonprofit My Brother Rocks The Spectrum, combined with her own family’s donation of $40,000, Kimmel was able to provide free child care for first responders. “While they went to the hospitals to continue saving lives,” she says, “the nonprofit paid for these health care workers.”
Kimmel was determined not to stop there. Guided by her passion and belief that children benefit from staying active, she sought out a way to keep her We Rock The Spectrum family going to the gym. It was “rough when we couldn’t be open, but gratefully, we were able to be deemed essential,” she says. With her business thus relegated, she’s opened her doors to limited numbers of people and provides safe services for kids and their families who depend on them.
Kimmel wants everyone to know that We Rock The Spectrum isn’t only available to serve children, parents and caregivers with their physical fitness needs, but also to offer emotional support. “We’re doing a lot of phone calls and a lot of meetings with parents and families and helping them with activities,” she says. “Everybody needs support right now.”