When you first hear the words Hershey, PA or Hershey Park, most people immediately think of chocolate. I mean they don’t call it Chocolate World for nothing. I learned the Hershey Company embodies something even bigger. Do you know Hershey has more than chocolate to give?
So what could possibly be bigger than chocolate?
I recently had the pleasure of spending a weekend in Hershey, PA and the one consistent thing I heard about was their legacy of giving and philanthropy. The Hershey Company’s story and unique culture of giving is very inspiring.
Milton Hershey, the founder, successfully created a community where his employees would enjoy living, working and also giving back.
Have you ever heard of the Milton Hershey School?
Mr. Hershey founded the Milton Hershey School in 1909. He dedicated his personal fortune to the school, which now educates more than 2,000 children from all across the country. On top of the financial support provided for the Milton Hershey School, there are also mentorship, leadership and developmental program opportunities for the students. One of my favorite things about the Milton Hershey School is they celebrate diversity and encourage respect.
Hershey has established long-term partnerships with incredible organizations like the Ronald McDonald House, United Way, Children’s Miracle Network and more.
They not only donate money to some of these organizations and causes, but also tickets to Hersheypark for kids in area elementary schools so they can experience amusement park fun.
I have to admit I was surprised to hear about the level of giving Hershey is involved in. More companies should truly share in that kind of commitment.
Do you know Hershey has more than chocolate to give?
On top of giving back, Hershey is also dedicated to being kind to and taking care of our earth. The Hershey company strives each year to conserve water, recycle and more.
For people wanting to road trip to Hershey in an eco-friendly way, both the Hotel Hershey and the Hershey Lodge offer electric car-sharing stations.
Throughout his lifetime Milton Hershey strived to create a place where people could live, work and play together in harmony. It is a beautiful and refreshing thing to see a company that has not only let his legacy live on, but expanded and created a lifestyle of giving around it.
* My sweet weekend in Hershey PA was thanks to an invite by Hershey to experience their properties, entertainment, food and more. All opinions are my own.