Hershey’s Innovative Giving

Roller Coaster I, Hershey Park
Image by jnshaumeyer via Flickr

An interesting volunteer opportunity, in line with this blog’s commitment with actually doing the most good and not just feeling like you’re doing the most good:

Hershey Entertainment & Resorts [and other Hershey complexes] offers [sic] a wide selection of job tasks [sic] that need to be completed during times of the season when our staffing is not up to its full potential. Typically those times of the year are mid-April weekends through Memorial Day, and mid-August through the end of September. Select groups will be asked to work needed shifts for our shoulder season events… After a group’s shift is completed, a check will be made out to the non-profit organization within one month of the completed shift.

Each volunteer will receive $5.85 per hour – and a voucher for free admission – and training will be given. I’m guessing there’s some mistake here:

We only have two requirements:

  • All volunteers must be at least 18 years of age
  • All volunteers must represent a non-profit organization
  • All volunteers must reside in the state of Pennsylvania

But certainly if you have to be a resident of Pennsylvania that’s a bit of a damper.

Presumably Hershey is getting some major tax benefits as well as dealing with some gaps in their employment and you have to wonder if a lot of other corporations with similar low-skilled needs couldn’t take advantage of these tax advantages at the same time.

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