CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – 22News is part of the country’s largest television company, Nexstar Media Group, which will celebrate its 25th anniversary this week.

Thursday, 22News will celebrate with “Founder’s Day of Caring“, an annual initiative to help improve the communities Nexstar calls home. This year, 22News will work at the following locations:

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Back in 2016, Nexstar’s Founder, Chairman and CEO, Perry Sook, established the company’s “Founder’s Day of Caring.” Now, Every year during the third week of June, employees in each of Nexstar’s 116 television markets work with non-profit organizations and public service agencies in their local communities.

In years past, 22News has held a shredding event at the Eastern States Exposition. On Founder’s Day in 2017, 22News joined forces with Open Pantry Community Services at the Christ Church Cathedral in Springfield, where we prepared dinner for nearly 200 people.

Sook said it’s important for Nexstar employees to give back to the community like this, “The best thing we can do is give back to our communities as a thank you for how they help to make our company and build our company.”

By participating in and covering these volunteer efforts, 22News hopes it can inspire people in the community to get out and help others whenever possible.