10:22 AM

MLK Day: Revisit Our Commitment to Act & Day of Service

Although our team members cannot be together to mark Martin Luther King Jr. Day this year in our company's Day of Service initiative, our employees have been encouraged to safely conduct acts of service in their own communities. In an email to the company last week about this important holiday, John Lawn, President & CEO, reinforced our company's Commitment to ActWe will foster a stronger internal culture of advocacy and inclusion to help employees share their voices and collectively affect change. We will expand on existing initiatives, and we will create new programs, which reflect our desire to develop additional avenues for progress for our Black team members and the Black community.

Take a look back at the 2020 Day of Service where more than 200 Hershey Entertainment & Resorts (HE&R) team members participated in the company's second annual Day of Service in celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

For the last 25 years, the country has been encouraged to take 'a day on, not a day off' and our employees answered the call of service by helping thousands of area residents through a series of more than 20 projects.

Team members from across the company came together to help a dozen organizations: 

Team members worked on a variety of projects that included stocking shelves, creating cards, writing thank-you notes, making kits and more. Here's a look at everything we accomplished together: 

  • 100 shirts sorted and wrapped for ACS 
  • 84 BBBS match bags with crayons, coloring books, and jump ropes  
  • More than 500 mailers and packets made for CMN 
  • Sorted clothing and food donations at Cocoa Packs, plus created more than 300 packs 
  • Created 70 inspirational Hope Stars and 75 cards for Four Diamonds participants
  • Stocked shelves and sorted dozens of items at the Food Bank 
  • 100+ handwritten letters for LLS
  • 50 kits packed for PFSA 
  • Handwrote and stuffed more than 1,500 items for ARC
  • 250 mailings created for RMHC
  • More than 1,500 shower, dental and breakfast kits for UWCR 
  • 155 Literacy Kits created for UWL

The best result of the day besides helping our community members? Spending time with colleagues from numerous departments, enjoying fellowship and meeting new people! Teams enjoyed giving back and connecting with each other. We are grateful for everyone's assistance and thank you for your time. For more about how HE&R helps the community, please review our current Corporate Social Responsibility Summary


Hershey Entertainment & Resorts Company is a world-class entertainment and hospitality company dedicated to preserving the legacy of Milton S. Hershey. Founded in 1927 by Milton S. Hershey, HE&R and its subsidiaries own and/or operate the Hersheypark Entertainment Complex, Hersheypark Arena & Stadium, ZooAmerica North American Wildlife Park, Hershey Bears AHL Hockey Club, Giant Center arena, The Hotel Hershey, Hershey Lodge, Hersheypark Camping Resort, The Spa At The Hotel Hershey, MeltSpa by Hershey, Hershey Country Club and Hershey Golf Collection, Hershey Nursery, and Hershey Laundry & Dry Cleaning. For additional information about HE&R, visit www.HersheyPA.com.

Hershey Entertainment & Resorts Company is proud to help fulfill the dream of our founder, Milton S. Hershey, by providing value to Milton Hershey School® in its mission of helping students lead happy, healthy, and fulfilling lives - just as Mr. Hershey intended. Learn more at mhskids.org. 

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