ThHis Contributions

Hershey’s Trust Company shows Hershey’s huge impact on American people. Hershey wanted to ensure the needs of his workers were met. Hershey created the Hershey Trust Company so that the community had a bank that could accommodate its financial needs. This company helped the Hershey citizens by handling Hershey business payrolls, and providing savings accounts, mortgages and loans. The company was important in the development of the town and helped finance Hershey’s construction plans. The Hershey Trust Company also helped people during hard times. During the Great Depression, many people were struggling financially. Due to longer wages and less working hours, workers fell behind on their mortgage payments. The Trust Company was understanding during this horrible time and only foreclosed on two Hershey mortgages. This company had a huge impact on peoples’ lives.


The Hershey Trust Company is involved in many of donations and benefits provided by Hershey to the community. After his death, he donated money to help alleviate the taxes for the town public schools. The Hershey Trust Company has allowed Milton Hershey’s Testamentary Trust Fund to rise to thirty three million dollars. The Trust Company also used money to create the Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. This medial school and teaching hospital became the town’s greatest employer in the 1990s. With over six thousand employees of the Medical Center, the town’s population grew and new houses developed. This allowed the town to flourish and for businesses to have more customers.


The Hershey Trust Company also serves as the trustee for the Milton Hershey School. When Hershey donated his company stock, the company was able to put huge amounts of money into the school. Hershey Trust Company also serves as the trustee for the M.S. Hershey Foundation, which was created to help young people who had limited employment opportunities. The Foundation endowed Hershey Junior College and helped them offer tuition free higher education to Hershey employees and residents. After Hershey Junior College closed, the Foundation began to gain ownership of cultural institutions. They gained ownership of the Hershey Theatre, Hershey Museum and Hershey Gardens. These places became non-profit as a part of the Foundation. The community’s citizens enjoy these places and without Hershey, may have never had these wonderful cultural centers to go to.


Hershey is a great man whose impact on the world is evident. His donations have changed the lives of many people. His efforts to make America a better place for people has been very successful. Many people especially the students at the Milton Hershey School have completely different lives due to the kindness and generosity of one man. Hershey has shown the world that one man can make a huge impact in thousands of peoples’ lives.


Milton Hershey reached for success beyond his humble origins. As a wealthy man, he did not just relax in his riches. Instead, he worked to help the lives of other people in many ways such as creating a school for less fortunate children. Even currently, Hershey continues to influence the peoples’ lives.


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The Hershey Gardens

The Hershey Gardens are the pride of the Hershey residents who enjoy the idyllic scenery and beautiful flowers.
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