Make a difference. It’s a phrase you hear often. Maybe one you’ve used to describe a goal in your life. Who doesn’t want to somehow, some way, make a difference to improve the lives of others? This past Saturday was Make A Difference Day, one of the largest annual single-days of service nationwide. Volunteers, no […]
It’s a phrase you hear often. Maybe one you’ve used to describe a goal in your life.
Who doesn’t want to somehow, some way, make a difference to improve the lives of others?
This past Saturday was Make A Difference Day, one of the largest annual single-days of service nationwide. Volunteers, no matter age or background, come together to make a positive impact on their community.
Many of the TV stations owned by Tegna nationwide participated in projects large and small to help make their communities better.
“It’s the 25th anniversary of the event,” said Meredith Conte, Tegna’s VP of marketing.
“We have over 50,000 volunteers signed up nationwide. We have partners from the Points of Light Foundation, the Arby’s Foundation and KIN Community, who are helping us get the word out and helping us grant over $100,000 to a variety of local charities.”
At KVUE, Tegna’s ABC affiliate in Austin, Texas, employees helped flood-proof the Katherine Anne Porter School, which educates underserved kids from seven Central Texas counties. The school has flooded four times in the past two years.
At WFAA, Tegna’s ABC affiliate in Dallas, station employees joined forces with Dallas CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates), with the goal of providing a volunteer to every abused and neglected child in the foster care system.
In Grand Rapids, Mich., at WZZM, Tegna’s ABC affiliate, volunteers packed healthy snacks in kid-friendly decorated bags for Kids’ Food Basket. The nonprofit organization works to reduce childhood hunger by feeding 7,500 children daily with nutritional sack suppers.
WKYC, Tegna’s NBC affiliate in Cleveland, organized volunteers who helped spruce up a farm that specializes in working with children with learning needs.
In Houston at Tegna’s CBS affiliate, KHOU, dozens of employees and their families gathered at The Sheltering Arms Adult Day Center for adults who have Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia. Volunteers striped the parking lot, painted interiors, made holiday cards for seniors, prepared emergency kits for seniors, refinished specialty made chairs, did gardening and more.
At KUSA, Tegna’s NBC affiliate in Denver, volunteers helped box food that will eventually be sent to more than 100 food banks and pantries across Colorado.
In Beaumont, Texas, KBMT, Tegna’s ABC affiliate, helped raise money to build a new adoption center to replace one that was destroyed in a fire.
In the nation’s capital, Washington, WUSA, Tegna’s CBS affiliate, filled its studios with volunteers to assemble bikes and toys for a local Boy’s and Girl’s Club.
At KXTV, Tegna’s ABC affiliate in Sacramento, Calif., volunteers walked or ran in the Run for a Safe Haven 5K to raise funds for funds for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and human trafficking.
In Portland, Ore., KGW, Tegna’s NBC affiliate, collected new unwrapped toys for the KGW Great Toy Drive. More than 130 nonprofits in Oregon and Southwest Washington will distribute the toys to children during the holiday season.