Giving back to the community

At the Hershey Group, we strongly believe in the importance of supporting our local community. We invite you to explore the information below to learn more about our community involvement.

Charitable donations

In recent years as part our annual Women, Wine and Wall Street client event, we held a trivia contest in which our team would make a donation to a charity selected by the winning team. Previous recipients include Brooke's House (pictured here), Washington County Historical Society, Girls, Inc. of Washington County, and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.


Shred event

Since 2016, our branch has held an annual shredding event where we invite clients and the public to bring any unwanted papers to the Hagerstown Suns Stadium parking lot where we have a shredding truck available for their use. It is our way of giving back to our clients and the community. Our 2020 was so popular we had to schedule a second shred event as we filled the truck to capacity! 

Adopting a dog for Brooke's House

In 2019, John Hershey and his wife Erin assisted Brooke's House in adopting a puppy named Bella who will be a therapy dog for the residents. Brooke's House is located in Hagerstown and is a home for adult women recovering from alcohol and substance use disorders.


'Horsing around' at senior communities

During the COVID-19 pandemic, John Hershey's family brought their two horses, Silver and Charlie, out to bring some cheer to the residents at Fahrney-Keedy Senior Living Community and Diakon Senior Living in a time when visitation to both centers was limited. The horses walked around to greet the residents through the windows, while some residents made their way outside to learn more about the horses. Both of the visits were featured in The Herald Mail newspaper. View the articles here and here.

Therapy dog goes to court

John Hershey's dog, Abby, is a certified therapy dog and provides emotional support for victims and witnesses during the trial process for cases at the Washington County Circuit Court. In addition to her time at the courthouse, she also works with patients at Meritus Medical Center and with Hospice of Washington County grief-support groups. Her efforts were featured in a news article from The Herald Mail newspaper.


Local boards and committees

Team members from The Hershey Group are part of a number of local boards and committees, including the following:

Presently serving on boards and committees at:
Antietam Fly Anglers
Finance Board, Meritus Medical Center
Mental Health Association for Frederick County
Rose Hill Cemetery
Washington County Chamber of Commerce

Current members of:
The Greater Hagerstown Committee
The Rotary Club of Carroll Creek
The Rotary Club of Hagerstown-Sunrise
Women's Giving Circle of Washington County

Previously served on boards and committees at:
The Arc of Washington County
Girls, Inc.
Hagerstown Jaycee's
Hagerstown Rotary Club
Hospice of Washington County
The Institute at Renfrew
The Rotary Club of Hagerstown-Sunrise Foundation, Inc.
The Rotary Club of Hagerstown-Sunrise
San Mar Children's Home
Washington County Free Library


Additionally, The Hershey Group supports the following local organizations and events through the contribution of financial dollars:

Community Foundation of Washington County
Community Free Clinic
Fahrney Keedy Senior Living Community
Frederick Oktoberfest
Girls Inc of Washington County
Girls on the Run Mid & Western MD
Hagerstown Community College
Hagerstown Community Concert Association
Hagerstown YMCA
Hospice of Washington County
Leadership Washington County MD
Loch Moy Farm
Humane Society of Washington County
Maryland International Film Festival
Rotary – Hagerstown Sunrise
The Kisseman Children’s Foundation
United Way of Washington County
W House
Washington County Arts Council
Washington County Chamber of Commerce
Women’s Giving Circle