our people
 
our volunteers making a difference during month of service
Alcoa’s commitment to our local communities and the environment is  resonating this month as we celebrate the Alcoa Foundation’s Worldwide Month of Service.
 
Launched on Wednesday 1 October each year, Month of Service is a global program devised by Alcoa to dedicate a whole month every year to celebrate and encourage volunteering.
 
Our national workforce - from the Managing Director to more than 2,000 employees and contractors – participate in Month of Service in Australia.

A packed event schedule across our eight locations is underway with our people dedicating time to making practical and positive differences in their communities.  In the past three weeks Alcoans have been planting trees, taking control and reducing their environmental footprint, riding to work, coaching sporting teams, promoting school safety and enhancing good corporate governance in the not-for-profit sector.
 
Our people here in Australia have joined an estimated 47,000 people in 36 countries as part of Month of Service which was first launched in 2006 and is now an annual event around the globe - undertaken to motivate employee involvement in community service and volunteerism, and promote behaviour which supports environmental sustainability.
 
“Alcoa is a crucial partner within the communities in which we operate and volunteering is integral to the culture of our business, to who we are and what we stand for,” said Alan Cransberg, Managing Director, Alcoa of Australia.
 
“We are also committed to tackling climate change, and our workforce is showing a great commitment in that area too.
 
Month of Service is our time to emphasise our support for our employees’ voluntary work. Our volunteers are making a very real difference to their individual communities, and ultimately to people’s lives.”
 
Alcoa’s position as a leader in the climate change challenge is reflected in this year’s Month of Service Carbon Crunch theme, where employees are encouraged to become part of the solution to climate change by improving their greenhouse footprint via our Make an Impact program, created in partnership with Greening Australia.
 
During Month of Service in 2007, 12,370 trees were planted, 1,734 tonnes of greenhouse gas was saved, more than 18,000 children were assisted and 187 schools were positively impacted.  By the end of the month we are aiming to increase volunteer participation by a further 10 per cent from last year.
 
Month of Service is an initiative of the Alcoa Foundation. The Alcoa Foundation proactively supports and encourages employee volunteering through two programs, ACTION and Bravo!, which match employee time with monetary grants.
 
Some of the 71 events taking place this year include:

  • Building a ‘Story Time’ shelter at a local school near our Portland Aluminium operation in Victoria.  The shelter will improve learning opportunities for students, with a special focus on indigenous culture.
  • Weed removal at Anglesea Heath near our mine and power station in Anglesea Victoria.
  • Taking part in Down Syndrome NSW's annual Buddy Walk.
  • A busy bee to weed a river, near our Huntly Mine in WA, in attempts to prevent further sedimentation.
  • Assisting the YMCA Anglesea Recreation Camp to establish an organic recycling and education centre - comprising a chicken house, worm farms, compost, and vegetable and herb garden.
  • Painting the interior of the Bushfire Brigade premises, near our Pinjarra Refinery, as part of an overall renovation currently underway.
  • Unpacking of crockery which has been in storage for three years at the Salvation Army in WA. 
 
For more about Month of Service, visit: www.alcoa.com.au/monthofservice
 
*Make an Impact
Make an Impact is a greenhouse footprint reduction program for the families of Alcoa employees and their immediate communities. The program includes access to a greenhouse calculator and an online energy centre featuring a range of tips on how to lower energy and water consumption and more effectively manage waste. For further information click here.


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Point Henry employees planted 650 plants at the Point Henry signal station



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Portland Aluminium employees volunteered at the local kindergarten



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Employees from Alcoa's head office in Perth weeded the local bushland



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Our people from Wagerup volunteered at the Waroona Show



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Pinjarra Refinery MoS Employee Recognition event: Armando Torres, Grant Samuels, Andrew Harrison & Paula West



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Volunteering at the local kindergarten near Portland Aluminium