Krysta West, Deputy Director of the Maine Forest Products Council; Sarah King, Chief Human Resources Officer, TimberHP
HALLOWELL – On Tuesday, November 14, Krysta West, Deputy Director of the Maine Forest Products Council, presented Maine Children’s Alliance’s 2023 Business Award to Sarah King on behalf of TimberHP at the annual Champions for Children Giraffe Awards Celebration at Maple Hill Farm in Hallowell. This award is presented annually to a business that “sticks it’s neck out for children.” TimberHP was nominated for this award by the Maine Forest Products Council in recognition of the company’s policy to provide $5,000 in Flexible Spending Accounts to employees in need of childcare to offset the cost for working families.
In presenting the award, Krysta West said, “Maine’s forest products industry is, in many ways, evolving to keep up with the times, and TimberHP is very much a symbol of that movement. They may be brand new to our industry, but they are forward-thinking problem solvers, and their determination to succeed, and to support the community in which they operate is evident. TimberHP’s generosity will make a tremendous difference in childcare affordability for their employees. This cost sharing arrangement means that it will make good financial sense for more of their employees, particularly women, to participate in the workforce if that is what’s right for their families. Congratulations to TimberHP, and thanks for your work to make gainful employment attainable for families within your community.”
Josh Henry, co-founder and CEO of TimberHP said, “Community is one of our company’s core values. We view contributions to the care and education of our Team Members’ children as a meaningful demonstration of our commitment to bettering our community and an important opportunity to support our team and their families. These initiatives undoubtedly support our ability to recruit and retain top talent.”
Stephanie Eglinton, Executive Director of the Maine Children’s Alliance said, “We all want children and families to thrive, and so all of us have to work together toward that vision. TimberHP is a leader in figuring out a way for employers to address the challenge of childcare for their employees. We deeply appreciate their work to support the families of their employees, which has a positive ripple effect across the community, and sets an example we are hopeful other businesses can take up to support more working families across our state.”