When it comes to supporting local non-profits, there might not be an easier and more impactful program than Kwik Care.

If you're not aware, Kwik Care has helped raise both funds and awareness for local nonprofits. Each month, Kwik Stop and Dairy Queen help collect donations for a different organization. Donations can be made easily by requesting your total purchase at any of those businesses (including at the gas pumps at Kwik Stop) be rounded up to the nearest dollar. The additional cents used to round up will be donated to the respective charity of the month.

This month's Kwik Care recipient is Centrally Rooted, located on Central Avenue in Dubuque. Centrally Rooted offers a number of programs for everyone from very young children to grandparents. They are predicated on providing the community with "an interactive growth space that supports the development of positive mental health in creative ways," per the mission statement on their website.

Both Heather Hamm of Kwik Stop/Rainbo Oil and Callie FitzGerald, Founder of Centrally Rooted, stopped by the studio to discuss the types of programs Centrally Rooted brings to the area. FitzGerald spoke about their musical programs, which afford children the opportunity to grow and develop whilst appreciating music as an art form:

One of the programs that's ongoing throughout the calendar year is Rooted Lessons. Basically, those are your private music lessons that you'd expect to find, but we have a specific emphasis on building confidence. So, we are helping students set goals and build reflection skills, visualization, noticing how they're talking to themselves, [and] setting mantras. That sort of thing that can help in their non-musical life as well.

Photo Credit: Centrally Rooted, Facebook
Photo Credit: Centrally Rooted, Facebook

Centrally Rooted offers programs for children as young as six months old to elderly individuals looking to tap into their creative side. For a full list of Centrally Rooted's events, visit the "Events" tab on their website. They'll also be a part of the upcoming Dances with the Stars in Dubuque in June!

All month long, Kwik Stop and Dairy Queen will be taking donations that will go directly to Centrally Rooted via the aforementioned Kwik Care canisters at the counter or if customers request their purchase-total be rounded up to the nearest dollar (the difference going to Centrally Rooted).

Take a listen to my interview with Heather Hamm of Kwik Stop and Callie FitzGerald of Centrally Rooted below! Centrally Rooted is located at 2230 Central Avenue in Dubuque. You can also find them on Facebook!

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