WGN celebrates Founder’s ‘Day of Caring’


WGN will be celebrating Founder’s “Day of Caring” Thursday. 

All 199 Nexstar TV stations will be giving back with volunteer opportunities for its thousands of employees. 

From Washington to West Virginia, in a single day help is handed out in different ways.  Wither it’s assisting a military veteran or feeding a neighborhood in need. 

Although this is just one day of volunteer work, the hope is that it catches on and others are encouraged to do the same. 

At WGN, our help will go out to two causes that for decades have made a major impact on Chicago.

At Vitalant, a blood services non-profit, donations were a challenge during the pandemic and the need didn’t slow down.  

On Thursday, WGN employees will volunteer to donate blood as a way to kick off a day of giving that could perhaps encourage others to do the same. 

Then there’s the Greater Chicago Food Depository,  the hub for a network of more than 700 food pantries. 

The organization has been instrumental in keeping families afloat.  And their work continues.  Even as the pandemic restrictions wind down – the need is still clear.

You can learn more and help these organizations on their websites:


As the largest local television company in the United States, we have a responsibility to deliver more than high-quality journalism, local programming, and a commitment to working with our advertising and marketing partners in the 116 markets in which we operate. Our broadcasting and digital media businesses must be woven into the fabric of the local community. That means our employees should be regularly engaged in public service and helping others.  In 2016, Nexstar’s Founder, Chairman and CEO, Perry Sook, established the company’s “Founder’s Day of Caring.” Every year, during the third week of June, employees in each of Nexstar’s 116 television markets are given paid time-off to do volunteer work with non-profit organizations and public service agencies in their local community. The idea is to enable our employees to make a personal commitment to make the community a better place for everyone. 

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