There’s no place like home and there’s no community like ours. At TimberlineOne, we believe that our community is vital and if you can serve, you should. Cultivating better places to live, work, and play means that we play an important role in serving our local community, organizations, people, and environment. Giving back is crucial, so here is a small collection of the many ways that the Timberline family of companies have contributed to Colorado Springs and the surrounding area.
Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southern Colorado
Landscape Installation, Maintenance, & Christmas Décor
In 2019 Timberline Landscaping was honored to receive “Donor of the Year” from the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southern Colorado. For many years Timberline provided landscape maintenance, snow removal, and Christmas Décor for the local home. In 2019 when RMHC approached Timberline for support on the landscape design and installation for their new home in Colorado Springs, owner Tim Emick offered to take care of the project 100%.
The landscape design was done by Neil Emick, who sought to provide an area of peace and reprieve for families staying at the home. After spending time at the Denver House and experiencing the loss of his own daughter Presley Raye Emick, Neil understood the value of an outdoor space for respite in hard times. The finished landscape has provided some tranquility for parents and a place for siblings to play outdoors.
Here is what Beth Allessio, Executive Director had to say about working with Timberline:
“For more than a decade, Timberline Landscaping has been a true partner, supporting the critically ill children and families served by Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southern Colorado. Unforeseen medical crises can bring fear and anxiety, particularly when the health and well-being of children hang in the balance. Timberline’s ongoing support and intentional care has been a blessing to these families. True professionals, Timberline’s team has created spaces that are beautiful and life giving.
The smell of freshly cut grass, sitting in the healing garden while listening to the water feature and/or admiring beautiful flower gardens in the shade of canopied trees helps our families in crisis to catch their breath and find balance. Timberline has done more than merely maintain our grounds – they’ve mowed and aerated lawns, started and stopped the sprinkler systems and taken care of water features. Their care has brought normalcy. Peace of mind. Rest. The very things our families most need.
Timberline didn’t stop there. For years, their company has decorated our House and grounds with festive lights, wreaths and boughs that helped make the Ronald McDonald House feel a bit more like “Home” during the holidays, particularly when family’s real “homes” are far away. During Colorado winters, Timberline and their crew have shown up, plowing the snow from parking areas and shoveling paths to the hospital.
And, as if ALL OF THIS wasn’t enough, when we opened our new 25,000 square foot ADA Ronald McDonald House in August, 2019, Timberline Landscaping was the first partner to come on board. Their team expertly designed every inch of the three-acre lot.
Over the course of a few months, Timberline’s professional crews worked from sunup to sundown, doing what they do best — creating beauty for the children and families served by our Ronald McDonald House. From the natural play areas, gardens, flowers, trees, grass, stones, benches and whimsical paths, everything Timberline touched created places of safe respite for families who needed it most. We were undone by the scope of their work, and ALL OF IT was donated by Timberline Landscaping.
We could not be happier to work with the consummate professionals from Timberline. I would highly recommend the National Association of Landscape Professionals consider Timberline Landscaping for your Highest Honors. They bring life. Our families need that.”
-Beth Alessio, Executive Director, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southern Colorado
The Heartbeat Survivors Christmas Memory Tree
Christmas Lighting Installation
Heartbeat Survivors After Suicide is peer support for those who have lost a loved one to suicide. Timberline Landscaping has been lighting their beautiful memorial Christmas tree for many years.
Here is what Betty from Heartbeat had to say about the tree and what it means to them:
“The Christmas Memory tree, particularly since moving to Rock Ledge Ranch, has really made quite an impact on our community. This tree offers an opportunity for people to honor their loved ones throughout the holidays. As you may know, enduring a celebrated holiday after losing a loved one can be so very hard. We get ornament requests from all across the country every year! At this point, we have about 400 ornaments on the tree…can you imagine? 400 people that we have lost to suicide and get a chance to honor and remember each Christmas season.
In the past, we’ve had people travel quite a distance to come see the tree in person. For those who are not in the local area, we do a Facebook live event, so they are able to see their loved one’s ornament on the evening of the tree lighting. Our supporters really do look forward to this event each year and we couldn’t make it happen without wonderful organizations like Timberline. We greatly appreciate the time, talent and expense that it takes to light (and remove the lights) each year.”
Pearl Harbor Survivors Association
Christmas Lighting Installation
In 2019 our Christmas Décor team was able to decorate the home of Donald Stratton, one of the last remaining survivors of the attack on Pearl Harbor. Mr. Stratton was rescued from the USS Arizona and later reenlisted to continue to serve our country. He has since passed, but our teammate Tim Simosky still recalls the honor they felt in serving this veteran.
“Being privileged enough to brighten Mr. Stratton’s home for Christmas was an extreme honor for myself and my coworkers (Alex Ludwig and Ken McPherson). Don (and his son) made sure to send us all home with a Purple Heart memorial pin and asked us to join in the photo (shown above) of a rifle that was signed by all the remaining survivors of that terrible day.
What I remember most was that Don didn’t consider himself a hero; though he re-enlisted twice after Pearl Harbor. He said simply, “We all had a job to do for this country.” He didn’t stop there, but continued to regale us with stories of later battles and war which he fought in. This day was not work, but honor, and a joy to pay tribute to one of our remaining heroes.”
-Tim Simosky, Timberline Landscaping
Other Volunteer Opportunities & Donations
Giving back, to one another in times or struggle, and our community is engrained in the culture at Timberline. Our team has been able to lend a hand by volunteering or collecting supplies for:
- Care & Share of Southern Colorado
- One Dog at a Time
- The Rocky Mountain Pig Jig
- HBA Cares
- Careers in Construction
- Come Alive Outside
- The ALCC Day of Service
- Pikes Peak Urban Gardens
- The John Zay House
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