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.

2018 IN REVIEW

3,675

# of Volunteers

13,480

Hours Donated

85,827

Meals

245,668

Pounds of Food

7

Homes Built

190,815

Money Raised
About

Founder's Day of Caring


Since Nexstar Media Group’s founding 22 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
34 volunteers
Albany, NY
WTEN/WXXA
Special Olympics New York State Summer Games Girls Regional Food Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York View Full Story Arrow right
41 volunteers
Albuquerque, NM
KRQE
Joy Junction Homeless Shelter Albuquerque Ronald McDonald House Casa Esperanza View Full Story Arrow right
31 volunteers
Alexandria, LA
WNTZ
Manna House View Full Story Arrow right
8 volunteers
Altoona, PA
WTAJ
Altoona Food Bank View Full Story Arrow right
20 volunteers
Amarillo, TX
KAMR/KCIT
High Plains Food Bank Downtown Women's Center Bivins Pointe Harrington Cancer and Health Foundation View Full Story Arrow right
30 volunteers
Augusta, GA
WJBF
The Fisher House of Augusta View Full Story Arrow right
25 volunteers
Austin, TX
KXAN/KNVA/KBVO
Family Eldercare View Full Story Arrow right
97 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. Vincent De Paul Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank View Full Story Arrow right
57 volunteers
Beckley, WV
WVNS
United Way of Southern West Virginia View Full Story Arrow right
21 volunteers
Billings, MT
KSVI/KHMT
Family Promise View Full Story Arrow right
11 volunteers
Binghamton, NY
WIVT/WBGH
Mercy House of the Southern Tier View Full Story Arrow right
11 volunteers
Birmingham, AL
WIAT
Life South Blood Drive View Full Story Arrow right
56 volunteers
Bismarck, ND
KXMB/KXMC/KXMA/KXMD
Meals on Wheels Minot Heaven's Helpers Soup Cafe Roosevelt Park Zoo View Full Story Arrow right
24 volunteers
Brownsville, TX
KVEO
Ronald Mcdonald House of McAllen Harlingen Food Pantry Dame Le Mano Calvery Chapel View Full Story Arrow right
34 volunteers
Buffalo, NY
WIVB
Food Bank of WNY View Full Story Arrow right
44 volunteers
Burlington, VT
WFFF/WVNY
Relay for Life in Plattsburgh View Full Story Arrow right
20 volunteers
Champaign, IL
WCIA/WCIX
Champaign Fire Department Red Cross Servo Pro View Full Story Arrow right
50 volunteers
Charleston, SC
WCBD
LowCountry Food Bank View Full Story Arrow right
25 volunteers
Charleston, WV
WOWK
Youth Service Systems View Full Story Arrow right
22 volunteers
Clarksburg, WV
WBOY
The Ronald Mcdonald House View Full Story Arrow right
30 volunteers
Colorado Springs, CO
KXRM
Pikes Peak Habitat for Humanity View Full Story Arrow right
7 volunteers
Columbus, OH
WCMH
Mid-Ohio Food Bank View Full Story Arrow right
56 volunteers
Columbus, GA
WRBL
Boys and Girls Club of Chattahoochee Valley View Full Story Arrow right
34 volunteers
Dayton, OH
WDTN
Ronald McDonald House Charities 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
28 volunteers
Dothan, AL
WDHN
Dothan Animal Shelter & Adoption Center View Full Story Arrow right
22 volunteers
El Paso, TX
KTSM
The Salvation Army of El Paso View Full Story Arrow right
54 volunteers
Elmira, NY
WETM
Salvation Army of Corning Food Bank of the Southern Tier Elmira Community Kitchen The Near West Side Neighbourhood Association View Full Story Arrow right
28 volunteers
Erie, PA
WJET
Asbury Woods Nature Center View Full Story Arrow right
25 volunteers
Evansville, IN
WEHT/WTVW
Humane Society of Henderson View Full Story Arrow right
43 volunteers
Fayetteville, AR
KNWA/KFTA
Art Feeds View Full Story Arrow right
29 volunteers
Fort Wayne, IN
WANE
Neighbor Link Fort Wayne View Full Story Arrow right
19 volunteers
Fresno, CA
KSEE/KGPE
Central California Blood Centers View Full Story Arrow right
35 volunteers
Grand Junction, CO
KREX/KFQX/KGJT
STRIVE Grand Junction Lunch Lizard Program View Full Story Arrow right
15 volunteers
Grand Rapids, MI
WOOD/WOTV
Muskegon Rescue Mission Well House Grand Rapids Mel Trotter Grand Rapids Open Doors Kalamazoo View Full Story Arrow right
76 volunteers
Green Bay, WI
WFRV
Waupaca Senior Center Habitat for Humanity Restore Appleton National Railroad Musuem Mosquito Hill Nature Center Bruemmer Park Zoo View Full Story Arrow right
24 volunteers
Greenville, NC
WNCT
Ronald McDonald House of Greenville Food Bank of Central and Eastern NC Joy Soup Kitchen Pitt County Animal Shelter View Full Story Arrow right
63 volunteers
Hagerstown, MD
WDVM
Horses with Hearts View Full Story Arrow right
20 volunteers
Harrisburg, PA
WHTM
Jackson Lick Pool Harrisburg View Full Story Arrow right
20 volunteers
Hartford, CT
WTNH
Girls Scout Camp at Camp Katoya View Full Story Arrow right
45 volunteers
Hattiesburg, MS
WHLT
Homes of Hope View Full Story Arrow right
9 volunteers
Honolulu, HI
KHON
808Cleanups View Full Story Arrow right
30 volunteers
Hunstville, AL
WZDX
Manna House View Full Story Arrow right
35 volunteers
Indianapolis, IN
WISH
Boys and Girls Club of Indianapolis View Full Story Arrow right
72 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
MS Food Network View Full Story Arrow right
35 volunteers
Joplin, MO
KSNF/KODE
Boys and Girls Club of Joplin View Full Story Arrow right
28 volunteers
Knoxville, TN
WATE
Volunteer East Tennessee View Full Story Arrow right
0 volunteers
La Crosse, WI
WLAX
Artspire and the Hunger Task Force of La Crosse View Full Story Arrow right
19 volunteers
Lafayette, LA
KLFY
Lafayette Animal Shelter St. Martinsville Animal Shelter View Full Story Arrow right
17 volunteers
Lansing, MI
WLNS
House of Promise Ronald Mcdonald House of Lansing Potter Park Zoo Capital Area Humane Society View Full Story Arrow right
46 volunteers
Las Vegas, NV
KLAS
Pet Wellness in Las Vegas View Full Story Arrow right
121 volunteers
Little Rock, AR
KARK/KLRT/KARZ/KASN
Joseph Pfeifer Kiwanis Camp View Full Story Arrow right
59 volunteers
Los Angeles, CA
HYFN
LA Regional Food Bank View Full Story Arrow right
0 volunteers
Lubbock, TX
KLBK/KAMC
Lubbock Impact Operation Refuge South Plains Wildlife Center View Full Story Arrow right
40 volunteers
Marquette, MI
WJMN
Meals on Wheels Marquette View Full Story Arrow right
17 volunteers
Memphis, TN
WATN
Bickford Community Center View Full Story Arrow right
25 volunteers
Midland, TX
KMID
Meals on Wheels Odessa View Full Story Arrow right
27 volunteers
Mobile, AL
WKRG/WFNA
Boys and Girls Club of Alabama and Florida View Full Story Arrow right
44 volunteers
Monroe, LA
KARD/KTVE
Food Bank of NE Louisiana View Full Story Arrow right
54 volunteers
Myrtle Beach, SC
WBTW
Habitat for Humanity for Horry County Help4Kids View Full Story Arrow right
25 volunteers
Nashville, TN
WKRN
Hope Lodge View Full Story Arrow right
38 volunteers
New York City, NY
Nexstar
View Full Story Arrow right
0 volunteers
Norfolk, VA
WAVY/WVBT
Meals on Wheels Norfolk Newport News Parks and Recreation Norfolk Parks and Recreation View Full Story Arrow right
45 volunteers
Panama City, FL
WMBB
Floriopolis Community Arts Center View Full Story Arrow right
43 volunteers
Peoria, IL
WMBD
South Side Mission Tazewell County Animal Control View Full Story Arrow right
35 volunteers
Phoenix, AZ
KASW
Feed My Starving Children View Full Story Arrow right
23 volunteers
Portland, OR
KOIN
Oregon Food Bank Portland Rescue Mission View Full Story Arrow right
35 volunteers
Providence, RI
WPRI/WNAC
Rhode Island Veteran's Cemetery Rhode Island Veteran's Home Veazie Street Elementary School End Hunger View Full Story Arrow right
120 volunteers
Quad Cities, IA-IL
WHBF
Bettendorf's Family Musuem View Full Story Arrow right
40 volunteers
Raleigh, NC
WNCN
Note in the Pocket View Full Story Arrow right
45 volunteers
Richmond, VA
WRIC
Friends of the James River Park Clean Up Richmond Animal League Project Homes View Full Story Arrow right
41 volunteers
Roanoke, VA
WFXR
Apple Ridge Farms ARCH View Full Story Arrow right
47 volunteers
Rochester, NY
WROC
North Winton Road Association View Full Story Arrow right
21 volunteers
Rockford, IL
WQRF/WTVO
Crusader Community Health View Full Story Arrow right
28 volunteers
Saint Paul, MN
Lakana
Feed My Starving Children View Full Story Arrow right
0 volunteers
Salt Lake City, UT
KTVX/KUCW
Kostopulous Dream Foundation Utah Food Bank View Full Story Arrow right
70 volunteers
San Angelo, TX
KLST/KSAN
Sonrisas Trails View Full Story Arrow right
25 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
HelpendhungerGA View Full Story Arrow right
29 volunteers
Shreveport, LA
KTAL
Food Bank of Northwest Louisiana View Full Story Arrow right
25 volunteers
Sioux City, IA
KCAU
Sertoma View Full Story Arrow right
26 volunteers
Sioux Falls, SD
KELO/KCLO
Bishop Dudley Hospitality House Call to Freedom Center Dakotabilities View Full Story Arrow right
52 volunteers
Spartanburg, SC
WSPA/WYCW
Habitat for Humanity Spartanburg Habitat for Humanity Restore View Full Story Arrow right
21 volunteers
Springfield, MO
KOLR/KOZL
Pat Jones and Ward YMCA Hands on for Seniors Home for Life Cat Santuary View Full Story Arrow right
45 volunteers
Springfield, MA
WWLP
Food Bank of Western Massachusetts View Full Story Arrow right
22 volunteers
Syracuse, NY
WSYR
ARISE of Central New York View Full Story Arrow right
56 volunteers
Tampa, FL
WFLA/WTTA
Feeding Tampa Bay View Full Story Arrow right
90 volunteers
Terre Haute, IN
WTWO/WAWV
Boys and Girls Club of Terre Haute Sullican County 4H Fairground View Full Story Arrow right
17 volunteers
Toms River, NJ
Nexstar
Covenant House View Full Story Arrow right
0 volunteers
Topeka, KS
KSNT
Meals on Wheels of Eastern Kansas View Full Story Arrow right
49 volunteers
Tri-Cities, TN-VA
WJHL
Good Samarian Ministries View Full Story Arrow right
36 volunteers
Tyler, TX
KETK/KFXK
East Texas Food Bank of Tyler View Full Story Arrow right
69 volunteers
Utica, NY
WFXV/WPNY/WUTR
Oneida County Habitat for Humanity View Full Story Arrow right
24 volunteers
Waco, TX
KWKT/KYLE
Caritas View Full Story Arrow right
30 volunteers
Watertown, NY
WWTI
Watertown Zoo and Conservation Center View Full Story Arrow right
12 volunteers
Wheeling, WV
WTRF
Youth Service System of Wheeling WV View Full Story Arrow right
89 volunteers
Wichita, KS
KSN
The Salvation Army Homeless Shelter of Wichita View Full Story Arrow right
25 volunteers
Wichita Falls, TX
KFDX/KJTL
Boys and Girls Club of Wichita Falls Riverbend Nature Center Faith Refuge Thrift Store Downtown Proud Farmers Market View Full Story Arrow right
35 volunteers
Wilkes Barre, PA
WBRE
St. Vincent's Food Kitchen Weinberg Regional Food Bank View Full Story Arrow right
18 volunteers
Youngstown, OH
WKBN
The United Way of Youngstown and Mahoning Valley View Full Story Arrow right
19 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 2018 nationwide effort, Nexstar Media Group staff members built 7 homes, packed and sorted more than 220,000 pounds of food, served almost 100,000 meals, and raised more than $208,000. 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