If we had helped a hundred children it would have all been worthwhile.
MILTON S. HERSHEY

Milton Hershey was a man of many titles, and social entrepreneur was one of them. It was Milton’s wit, instinct and knack for innovation and drive to enhance the quality of life for others that led to some of The Hershey Company’s most revolutionary measures.

THE SCHOOL

But perhaps Milton’s most cherished contribution to the community was the Hershey Industrial School for orphaned boys. Founded by Milton and his wife Catherine, they built the school with the intention of providing young boys with a productive and fulfilling life. Having had no children of their own, they came to consider the boys as family. Now named the Milton Hershey School, this institution fosters the academic and social potential of over 2,000 boys and girls a year, providing them with the skills and resources for success in all areas of life. Prior to his death, Milton left the entirety of his fortune with the school to ensure its continued success.

THE GREAT BUILDING CAMPAIGN

Milton took great pride in his community. And when the Great Depression threatened it with economic disaster, Milton responded with a major construction program known as The Great Building Campaign. This project saw the employment of over 600 workers to build a number of major structures, which continue to thrive today. This includes the Hotel Hershey, Hershey Community Theatre, the Community Building, the Hershey Sports Arena and many other institutions.

THE COMMUNITY

Milton Hershey believed that employees who were treated fairly and lived in comfortable living environments would be better workers. It was this very idea that sparked a lifelong passion for Milton: building a model community where its people would be proud to live and work — and above all, where they would succeed. Milton proceeded to build a community complete with housing, a bank, a hotel, public schools, churches, parks, a zoo, and even a trolley system — all to enhance the quality of life for the employees he considered family. By treating them with dignity and prosperity, Milton inspired loyalty and admiration from all his workers.
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