How We Give Back: Timber Products and the Local Community

Timber Products Company takes pride in supporting local communities. Whether we are sponsoring an employee golf tournament or helping young people make smart career choices, we are committed to helping local families thrive.

Giving back

Our Grass Roots Approach to Charity and Community

Our Medford, Ore. office supports charitable organizations throughout the year. We invest in 4H livestock raised by local children in the summertime and send volunteers to local classrooms during the school year.

“We believe it’s part of Timber Products’ heart and soul to be a good corporate citizen. From growing trees in a sustainable way to being a healthy presence in our community,” said John Underwood, Southern Oregon Region Human Resources Manager.

Timber Products Company also supports an annual employee golf tournament hosted by the local union. “We have about 850 employees in the region, and that means 850 families,” Underwood explained. “The money raised goes to families who are experiencing financial difficulties, usually related to medical issues.” 

Stewards of the Industry

Underwood’s favorite Timber Products-sponsored activity is a Junior Achievement spin-off called Careers in Gear. “Kids come from all over the region. They’re bussed in from six or seven high schools from around Medford to a local gymnasium,” said Underwood.

“We give presentations that explain a basic ledger, how to track costs and income, and figure out net and gross. The goal is to help students make smart economic and career choices and teach them what it takes to run a business,” Underwood said.

“First, they break into groups and talk with a local business person. They engage in conversations about how education can help young people get where they want to go, and talk to the kids about what interests them, where are you headed, and how are you going to get there?

“Right after that, the students go to the gymnasium where they can learn about career opportunities. At our last event, we had over 100 business and 1,600 students show up.”

During a recent Careers in Gear event, Timber Products millwright Eddie Ingbretson discovered he had a new skill: connecting with kids. HR Manager Underwood explains:

“Eddie is very passionate about skilled trades and he became the hit of the whole show! He had a huddle around him all day long. It was really fun to watch,” Underwood said. “Afterward, Eddie was invited to go to a local school to do a classroom presentation and talk with students."

Whether it’s a monetary donation or the donation of our employees’ time, Timber Products Company is passionate about giving back to our local and global community. And with our involvement in events like Careers in Gear, we’re dedicated to growing and building the wood products workforce of tomorrow. If you’d like to reach us about other activities that we participate in, don’t hesitate to contact us or sign up for our newsletter!

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