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big success for month of service 2008
Alcoa employees demonstrated their commitment to their local communities, during the 3rd annual Alcoa Foundation* Worldwide Month of Service last month.  2245 employees took part this year – a 6% increase from 2007.
 
Month of Service takes place in October each year and is a global program devised by Alcoa to dedicate a whole month to celebrating and encouraging volunteering.
 
This year 73 Month of Service activities took place across the country -  49 more than in 2007. 67 community organisations were positively impacted by our efforts and over 7655 trees were planted by employees and community members.
 
Alcoa of Australia Managing Director Alan Cransberg participated in volunteering activities during October and was thrilled with the efforts of employees this year.
 
“I love our volunteering effort – it’s something that helps set us apart and helps define our values as a company.”
 
As well as volunteering activities - which included tree planting, painting at not-for-profit organisations, and building a ‘story time’ shelter at a local school – Alcoa held a number of employee recognition events to thank employees for their dedication to the community.
 
Wagerup employee Ian Byrd volunteers on a regular basis for Bunbury Sea Search & Rescue and said: “We put in a fair amount of time and, like other emergency service volunteer groups, we get called out at all hours of the day.  Sometimes when we are called out to emergencies it impinges on work, but Alcoa looks after its volunteers in that respect.”
 
In his involvement with Bunbury Sea Search & Rescue, Ian helps educate the community about safety management at sea.  During Month of Service, he was awarded with an Alcoa Foundation Bravo! grant* to be donated to Bunbury Sea Search & Rescue.
 
“The Bravo! grant is really helpful.  We do get some funds from government bodies, but we have to raise much of the money ourselves in order to purchase new boats, new equipment and training aids.”

Point Henry Maintenance Team Leader Shane Walters participated in a number of environmental workshops during Month of Service. Alcoa devised the workshops to help employees reduce their environmental footprint.

“The workshops were designed to raise our awareness of the impact we have on the environment, not just at work but also at home. They looked at how we can continue to reduce our environmental impact.  I took part in workshops on topics such as solar energy, composting and also native plants and mulching.”

In total 14 “Carbon Crunch” workshops were held, with over 540 employees learning how to reduce their greenhouse footprint.

Willowdale Mine employee, Phil Penny, is a dedicated local volunteer.
 
"Volunteering is not about getting medals or the recognition, it is about the sense of achievement and satisfaction you get from knowing you have made a difference in your community.

“Month of Service is great as it highlights the importance of community and it shows that everybody can make a difference by volunteering."

*Alcoa Foundation – The Alcoa Foundation is a global resource that actively invests in the quality of life in Alcoa communities worldwide. With more than $437 million invested since its inception in 1952, the Alcoa Foundation has positioned itself as a source for positive community change and impact.

*Bravo grant - Bravo! is made available through the Alcoa Foundation and recognises Alcoa employees who volunteer within community organisations.  Alcoa volunteers can nominate community organisations for a Bravo! grant every year if they have devoted 50 or more personal hours to the community organisation. The community organisation nominated for the Bravo! grant receives US$250.

Stay tunned for our Month of Service highlights video and more stories online … coming soon.


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Managing Director Alan Cransberg took part in Month of Service



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