8News volunteers at Habitat for Humanity as part of Nexstar’s Founder’s Day outreach

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Thursday begins a special outreach effort by 8News’ parent company, Nexstar Media Group.

What is known as Founder’s Day allows employees across the country to volunteer on the clock to make communities better.

Thursday through Saturday, members of the 8News team are spending the day at Richmond Metropolitan Habitat for Humanity‘s warehouse and ReStore.

The warehouse stores items donated by companies and individuals. They are then sold at the ReStore, a place where shoppers can buy all they need to furnish their homes or give them a facelift.

“One hundred percent of all of our proceeds go back into supporting the mission of Habitat,” explains Steve Wilson, the Habitat for Humanity Vice-President of Retail Operations. “The more that we are able to get out and sell, the more money that we are able to raise more for our mission of affordable housing.”

The 8News team completed a number of tasks, including cleaning and moving furniture, sorting boxes of sports teams merchandise and setting up displays with Father’s Day gifts.

“They have a system where they need to get things moved out pretty quickly,” says Rob Clarke, the 8News Integrated Digital Specialist. “So it’s just sort of moving things from the back to the front of the operation.”

Adds Kristin Vinagro, Habitat for Humanity’s Director of Communications, “We use volunteers every day to help us with customer service, with processing donations, with helping to merchandise the store and make it look pretty for customers.”

Members of the 8News team enjoyed working together for Richmond in this way.

“Know that we care,” says LaTonya Claiborne, an 8News Technical Media Operator. “We’re not just reporting on all the bad things, but we want to build up the community.”

We encourage everyone to find a way to give back to the community.

“If you don’t want to donate your money, donate your time,” suggests Dixon Johnston, the 8News Creative Services Director. “You can make a huge difference.”

8News News Director Kelly Woodard agrees.

“It doesn’t take much,” she says. “And at the end of the day, you’ve probably helped hundreds of people in just an hour. It’s great.”

8News will volunteer and share more about Habitat for Humanity’s mission on Friday and Saturday. Stay with us for continuing coverage.

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