Nexstar's Annual

Founder's Day of Caring

Nexstar offers each employee paid time off to support their volunteer efforts in the community for this special time each year.

2017 IN REVIEW

3,995

# of Volunteers

14,681

Hours Donated

231,716

Meals

210,035

Pounds of Food

21

Homes Built

199,058

Money Raised
About

Founder's Day of Caring


Since Nexstar Media Group’s founding 21 years ago, our journalists have seen firsthand how nonprofits and public service agencies are the heartbeat of every one of our markets. In times of crisis, it is these steadfast organizations that mobilize quickly with supplies, volunteers and bravely serve their community. With this in mind, CEO, Perry Sook, created the Founder's Day of Caring. Yearly, on the third Friday in June, staff members in all 100 Nexstar television markets receive paid time off to volunteer in their communities. The day is intended to shift our employee focus from being a television station serving the community to our employees volunteering and making a personal commitment by helping those in need within our local communities. Our mission is to give back where it is needed most. By broadcasting stories of local impact and volunteerism on Founder’s Day in each of our Nexstar markets, we are able to inspire our viewers to give back as well. As the second largest media group in the country, Nexstar Media Group recognizes the great responsibility we have to serve our local markets. Hoping to inspire continued volunteerism, we are mindful that such a movement starts at home and will only reverberate from our small acts of kindness in each our local communities.

STORIES OF IMPACT

Choose a location to learn more about the local market impact during Founder's Day of Caring.

47 South
18 Northeast
13 West
25 Midwest
Abilene, TX
KTAB/KRBC
Taylor Jones Humane Society View Full Story Arrow right
32 volunteers
Albany, NY
WTEN/WXXA
Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York Mohawk Hudson Humane Society Habitat for Humanity Restore Boys and Girls Club View Full Story Arrow right
49 volunteers
Albuquerque, NM
KRQE
Joy Junction Homeless Shelter Albuquerque Ronald McDonald House Casa Esperanza View Full Story Arrow right
49 volunteers
Alexandria, LA
WNTZ
The Friendship House View Full Story Arrow right
8 volunteers
Altoona, PA
WTAJ
Highland Park Central Blair Recreation Commission View Full Story Arrow right
28 volunteers
Amarillo, TX
KAMR/KCIT
Habitat for Humanity View Full Story Arrow right
32 volunteers
Augusta, GA
WJBF
ReStart Augusta View Full Story Arrow right
50 volunteers
Austin, TX
KXAN/KNVA/KBVO/HYFN Local
Family Eldercare Central Texas Food Bank View Full Story Arrow right
126 volunteers
Bakersfield, CA
KGET
Downtown Business Association's Clean Team View Full Story Arrow right
34 volunteers
Baton Rouge, LA
WGMB/WVLA/WBRL
Habitat for Humanity Restore Southeast St. Vicent De Paul Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank Presbytery of South Louisiana SoLaRebuild Rebuilding Together Baton Rouge LA Flood Love View Full Story Arrow right
46 volunteers
Beckley, WV
WVNS
Princeton Fire Department Beckley Fire Department Greenbrier County Sheriff's Department United Way of Greenbrier County View Full Story Arrow right
30 volunteers
Billings, MT
KSVI/KHMT
Boys and Girls Club View Full Story Arrow right
14 volunteers
Binghamton, NY
WIVT/WBGH
Broome County Humane Society View Full Story Arrow right
14 volunteers
Birmingham, AL
WIAT
Food Bank of Central Alabama Red Mountain Park Hatching Hope Shepherd Center East View Full Story Arrow right
53 volunteers
Bismarck, ND
KXMB/KXMC/KXMA/KXMD
Our Lady of Grace Food Pantry Abused Adult Resource Center Burleigh County Senior Adults Program View Full Story Arrow right
23 volunteers
Brownsville, TX
KVEO
Glady's Porter Zoo Ronald McDonald House View Full Story Arrow right
28 volunteers
Buffalo, NY
WIVB
Food Bank of WNY View Full Story Arrow right
56 volunteers
Burlington, VT
WFFF/WVNY
Vermont State Parks View Full Story Arrow right
25 volunteers
Champaign, IL
WCIA/WCIX
Champaign Fire Department Red Cross View Full Story Arrow right
48 volunteers
Charleston, SC
WCBD
LowCountry Food Bank View Full Story Arrow right
28 volunteers
Charleston, WV
WOWK
Habitat For Humanity Home Build Habitat for Humanity ReStore View Full Story Arrow right
27 volunteers
Clarksburg, WV
WBOY
The Clarksburg Mission Harrison County Relay for Life View Full Story Arrow right
20 volunteers
Colorado Springs, CO
KXRM
The Colorado Springs Therapeutic Riding Center Colorado Veterans Resource Coalition Special Kids Special Families View Full Story Arrow right
26 volunteers
Columbus, OH
WCMH
Ronald McDonald House Local Matters View Full Story Arrow right
63 volunteers
Columbus, GA
WRBL
Feeding the Valley Food Bank View Full Story Arrow right
20 volunteers
Dayton, OH
WDTN
Ronald McDonald House of Dayton View Full Story Arrow right
57 volunteers
Des Moines, IA
WOI/KCWI
Greater Des Moines Habitat For Humanity View Full Story Arrow right
37 volunteers
Dothan, AL
WDHN
Wiregrass Area Food Bank View Full Story Arrow right
20 volunteers
El Paso, TX
KTSM
El Pasoans Fighting Hunger Food Bank Humane Society of El Paso View Full Story Arrow right
56 volunteers
Elmira, NY
WETM
Salvation Army Food Bank of the Southern Tier SPCA View Full Story Arrow right
24 volunteers
Erie, PA
WJET
Erie School District View Full Story Arrow right
30 volunteers
Evansville, IN
WEHT/WTVW
Potter's Wheel Inner City Ministries Salvation Army of Evansville View Full Story Arrow right
41 volunteers
Fayetteville, AR
KNWA/KFTA
Northwest Arkansas Food Bank View Full Story Arrow right
43 volunteers
Fort Wayne, IN
WANE
Habitat for Humanity View Full Story Arrow right
19 volunteers
Fresno, CA
KSEE/KGPE
American Red Cross View Full Story Arrow right
40 volunteers
Grand Junction, CO
KREX/KFQX/KGJT
Kids Aid Backpack Program View Full Story Arrow right
24 volunteers
Grand Rapids, MI
WOOD/WOTV
Grand Rapids Access of West MI Community Action House of Holland Kalamazoo Loaves and Fishes View Full Story Arrow right
86 volunteers
Green Bay, WI
WFRV
Waupaca Senior Center Riverview Gardens St. Joseph Food Program New Community Shelter The Salvation Army Bruemmer Park Zoo Heckrodt Wetland Preserve Rebuilding Together of the Fox Valley View Full Story Arrow right
40 volunteers
Greenville, NC
WNCT
Ronald McDonald House Food Bank of Central and Eastern NC Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina Senior Games of Pitt County Carteret Landing Assisted Living View Full Story Arrow right
49 volunteers
Hagerstown, MD
WDVM
Star Equestrian Center View Full Story Arrow right
40 volunteers
Harrisburg, PA
WHTM
Joshua Learning Center View Full Story Arrow right
18 volunteers
Hartford, CT
WTNH
Camp Farnam View Full Story Arrow right
45 volunteers
Hattiesburg, MS
WHLT
Oseola McCarty Foundation Summer Camp Freedom Ranch Educational Outreach View Full Story Arrow right
8 volunteers
Honolulu, HI
KHON
Habitat For Humanity Honolulu View Full Story Arrow right
25 volunteers
Hunstville, AL
WZDX
The Arc of Madison County View Full Story Arrow right
31 volunteers
Indianapolis, IN
WISH
The Julian Center Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana View Full Story Arrow right
98 volunteers
Irving, TX
Nexstar
TangoTab - Feed My City Community Partners of Dallas Irving City Animal Shelter View Full Story Arrow right
63 volunteers
Jackson, MS
WJTV
Key Elementary Partners In Education - Adopt-a-School View Full Story Arrow right
22 volunteers
Joplin, MO
KSNF/KODE
Crosslines Ministries Community Clinic Boys and Girls Club Cerebral Palsy Center of Tri-City View Full Story Arrow right
36 volunteers
Knoxville, TN
WATE
Volunteer East Tennessee View Full Story Arrow right
27 volunteers
La Crosse, WI
WLAX
Artspire and the Hunger Task Force of La Crosse Kane Street Community Garden View Full Story Arrow right
18 volunteers
Lafayette, LA
KLFY
Faith House View Full Story Arrow right
14 volunteers
Lansing, MI
WLNS
Greater Lansing Food Bank Lansing Nature Center Food Bank of South Central Michigan In Battle Creek View Full Story Arrow right
44 volunteers
Las Vegas, NV
KLAS
After-School All-Stars Las Vegas View Full Story Arrow right
106 volunteers
Little Rock, AR
KARK/KLRT/KARZ/KASN
Boys and Girls Club of Central Arkansas View Full Story Arrow right
75 volunteers
Los Angeles, CA
HYFN
LA Regional Food Bank View Full Story Arrow right
45 volunteers
Lubbock, TX
KLBK/KAMC
Nursing Homes Early Learning Centers of Lubbock Canyon Lakes System South Plains Food Bank Refuge Services View Full Story Arrow right
53 volunteers
Marquette, MI
WJMN
Ishpeming Beautification Big Brothers/Big Sisters YMCA Reach and Rise View Full Story Arrow right
20 volunteers
Memphis, TN
WATN
Memphis Athletic Ministries View Full Story Arrow right
45 volunteers
Midland, TX
KMID
Meals on Wheels Oddessa View Full Story Arrow right
34 volunteers
Mobile, AL
WKRG/WFNA
Animal Rescue Foundation View Full Story Arrow right
16 volunteers
Monroe, LA
KARD/KTVE
Food Bank of NE Louisiana View Full Story Arrow right
43 volunteers
Myrtle Beach, SC
WBTW
Habitat for Humanity United Way Robeson Co's Communities in Schools View Full Story Arrow right
24 volunteers
Nashville, TN
WKRN
Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee View Full Story Arrow right
40 volunteers
New York City, NY
Nexstar
Grand Central Neighborhood View Full Story Arrow right
19 volunteers
Norfolk, VA
WAVY/WVBT
Suffolk Meals on Wheels For Kids Thrift Store Mojo Food Bank of Southeastern Virginia View Full Story Arrow right
36 volunteers
Panama City, FL
WMBB
Boys and Girls Club of Bay County View Full Story Arrow right
43 volunteers
Peoria, IL
WMBD
Neighborhood House Peoria View Full Story Arrow right
23 volunteers
Phoenix, AZ
KASW
Feed My Starving Children View Full Story Arrow right
21 volunteers
Portland, OR
KOIN
Habitat for Humanity Oregon Food Bank Portland Rescue Mission View Full Story Arrow right
32 volunteers
Providence, RI
WPRI/WNAC
Rhode Island Veterans Cemetery Carl Lauro Elementary School Crossroads of Rhode Island Neighbors Helping Neighbors Girl Scouts of Rhode Island View Full Story Arrow right
120 volunteers
Quad Cities, IA-IL
WHBF
Nahant Marsh Education Center View Full Story Arrow right
34 volunteers
Raleigh, NC
WNCN
Raleigh Rescue Mission Habitat for Humanity View Full Story Arrow right
28 volunteers
Richmond, VA
WRIC
Habitat for Humanity View Full Story Arrow right
55 volunteers
Roanoke, VA
WFXR
Ronald McDonald House Unbridled Change View Full Story Arrow right
66 volunteers
Rochester, NY
WROC
H20 Hero View Full Story Arrow right
42 volunteers
Rockford, IL
WQRF/WTVO
Crusader Community Health View Full Story Arrow right
35 volunteers
Saint Paul, MN
Lakana
Feed My Starving Children View Full Story Arrow right
58 volunteers
Salt Lake City, UT
KTVX/KUCW
Kostopulous Dream Foundation View Full Story Arrow right
64 volunteers
San Angelo, TX
KLST/KSAN
Meals for the Elderly View Full Story Arrow right
33 volunteers
San Francisco, CA
KRON
Food Bank of Contra Costa SF-Marin Food Bank Redwood Empire Food Bank Second Harvest Food Bank Alameda County Community Food Bank View Full Story Arrow right
39 volunteers
Savannah, GA
WSAV
Ruth Byck Adult Day Center Thunderbolt Center Meals on Wheels Senior Citizens Inc. View Full Story Arrow right
25 volunteers
Shreveport, LA
KTAL
Food Bank of Northwest Louisiana View Full Story Arrow right
25 volunteers
Sioux City, IA
KCAU
Camp High Hopes View Full Story Arrow right
27 volunteers
Sioux Falls, SD
KELO/KCLO
Habitat for Humanity Greater Sioux Falls Boys and Girls Club The Banquet View Full Story Arrow right
54 volunteers
Spartanburg, SC
WSPA/WYCW
Generations Group Home Christmas in Action-Spartanburg View Full Story Arrow right
22 volunteers
Springfield, MO
KOLR/KOZL
Ronald McDonald House Lost and Found Grief Center United Way of the Ozarks View Full Story Arrow right
41 volunteers
Springfield, MA
WWLP
Open Pantry Community Services at Christ Church Cathedral View Full Story Arrow right
19 volunteers
Syracuse, NY
WSYR
ARISE at the Farm Samaritan Center of Syracuse View Full Story Arrow right
48 volunteers
Tampa, FL
WFLA/WTTA
Feeding Tampa Bay View Full Story Arrow right
90 volunteers
Terre Haute, IN
WTWO/WAWV
Habitat For Humanity View Full Story Arrow right
23 volunteers
Toms River, NJ
Nexstar
Covenant House View Full Story Arrow right
13 volunteers
Topeka, KS
KSNT
Habitat for Humanity Topeka Rescue Mission NOTO Arts District Meals on Wheels View Full Story Arrow right
49 volunteers
Tri-Cities, TN-VA
WJHL
Good Samarian Ministries View Full Story Arrow right
35 volunteers
Tyler, TX
KETK/KFXK
East Texas Food Bank of Tyler View Full Story Arrow right
74 volunteers
Utica, NY
WFXV/WPNY/WUTR
Oneida County Habitat for Humanity View Full Story Arrow right
31 volunteers
Waco, TX
KWKT/KYLE
Caritas View Full Story Arrow right
39 volunteers
Watertown, NY
WWTI
Heartbeats for Madden View Full Story Arrow right
12 volunteers
Wheeling, WV
WTRF
City of Wheeling Parks and Recreation Department View Full Story Arrow right
25 volunteers
Wichita, KS
KSN
Catholic Charities of Wichita View Full Story Arrow right
25 volunteers
Wichita Falls, TX
KFDX/KJTL
Habitat for Humanity Wichita Area Food Bank Faith Mission Local Church View Full Story Arrow right
38 volunteers
Wilkes Barre, PA
WBRE
St. Vincent's Food Kitchen Weinberg Regional Food Bank St. Francis of Assisi Food Kitchen View Full Story Arrow right
21 volunteers
Youngstown, OH
WKBN
American Red Cross Animal Charity of Ohio The Boys and Girls Club of Youngstown The Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corporation Rescue Mission of the Mahoning Valley View Full Story Arrow right
26 volunteers
The

Campaign


Each year, Nexstar Media Group sets aside one day for the entire company to give back to their communities. The effort by all of our markets is about serving our neighborhoods and our viewers from Oregon to Vermont to Michigan to Texas. We live in these communities. We are the voice for these communities. We believe in these communities That is the purpose behind the Founder's Day of Caring. In our 2017 nationwide effort, Nexstar Media Group staff members built 21 homes, packed and sorted more than 200,000 pounds of food, served more than 200,000 meals, and raised more than $199,000. The company provided each employee paid time off to volunteer in the community. Each market developed its own plan by forming a Founder's Day committee. They picked a local charitable organization and organized the staff to hit the streets to help their local neighbors.

ORGANIZATIONS SERVED

Additional Organizations