EAST PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — WPRI 12, along with its 169 sister stations across the United States, is giving back to the community Thursday and Friday to celebrate Nexstar’s Founder’s Day of Caring.

Across WPRI 12, Fox Providence, The CW Providence, and MyRI TV, 120 employees from both on-air and behind the scenes are volunteering for several local charities and projects.

One crew set out to the Bristol Veteran’s Home to pick up trash and clean areas of the property on Thursday, and another group met with residents of the St. Elizabeth Manor in Bristol for an ice cream social and other activities.

On Friday, groups headed to the Rhode Island Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Exeter to clean gravestones, Veazie Street Elementary School in Providence to take part in their “Summer Olympics,” and also joined in the Ending Hunger program with the Rotary Club of Metro Providence, preparing meals for people in need.

Nexstar Media Group, which owns WPRI 12 and operates its sister stations in Providence, launched back on June 17, 1996, as a standalone station in Pennsylvania. Today, Nexstar has 170 stations, with a presence in 100 television markets across the country.

Nexstar employees are known for giving back to their communities; the company encourages that commitment by giving employees up to four paid hours of time off to perform a charitable service in their local communities.

WPRI 12, Fox Providence, The CW Providence and MyRI TV are proud to take part in the annual event.

In 2017, the event saw 3,995 volunteers take part across the company.