Employees are given paid time off on Founder’s Day to do volunteer work with non-profit organizations and public service agencies in the local community.
This year, we volunteered with Lexington Habitat for Humanity to clear out vacant lots of shrubbery and debris near the Manchester Street corridor to prepare for the build of five townhomes.
Their project aims to bring affordable homeownership to the area—as one of the greatest barriers to local builders and Lexington Habitat is the skyrocketing cost of land in Fayette County—while strategically utilizing Lexington’s land.
Building townhomes is a new model for Lexington Habitat, but they say it’s becoming more common and successful among Habitat affiliates across the country.
“Being able to utiltize a small odd-shaped lot like this to serve five families is an incredible way to add quality affordable housing to our community which we would not be able to do otherwise, said Habitat CEO Rachel Childress. “So without this attached housing, we might’ve been able to get two families on this lot.”
Childress says it was difficult to have to turn volunteers away for nearly 15 months as the state operated under COVID-19 safety restrictions. This lot-clearing project was one of the first times they been able to put volunteers back to work.
This year’s Founder’s Day marks the 25th anniversary of Nexstar Media Group, Inc.
Nexstar is the largest local television group in the country, owning or operating 199 stations across the country including FOX 56.