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employees dig deep
Alcoa employees are committed to making a difference in their local communities - continuing to put their hands in their own pocket to help out.
 
Our successful pay-roll donation schemes are helping tens of thousands of disadvantaged people, community groups and health care organisations in the regions that we operate.
 
In Western Australia, the money donated by our people goes into PEACH, which stands for Personnel Employed at Alcoa Charity Help.  PEACH is a trust fund and was an initiative of a group of employees from the Pinjarra Refinery back in 1979.
 
Senior Pinjarra Refinery Electrical Lubrication Field Technician and PEACH Treasurer, John Lawrence, said that nearly 1000 Alcoa employees contribute to PEACH each pay day.
 
“Those employees collectively contribute well over $100,000 every year, which is an amazing effort,” he said.
 
PEACH donates funds to a wide range of health and human care agencies in Western Australia.  Since PEACH began, it has distributed in excess of $2.3 million to community organisations.
 
“To give just a few examples, PEACH has funded the purchase of a new heart-start machine for a St John Ambulance, equipment for the Starlight Foundation, to help children in regional hospitals. It’s also funded the purchase of new electrical hospital beds and mattresses for aged care facilities in Pinjarra and Mandurah” John said.
 
In Victoria, nearly 50 per cent of our employees at Point Henry and Anglesea participate in a similar initiative, as do our people at Portland Aluminium. The money donated by Victorian employees is distributed to United Way – an organisation which provides assistance to disadvantaged children and families. Our employee partnership with United Way has extended over more than 45 years.
 
Alcoa’s General Manager Victorian Operations, Arnaud Soirat, said: “Our relationship with United Way has evolved into much more than a traditional sponsorship based purely on financial support.  Importantly, the growth and long standing nature of the partnership has provided invaluable continuity to the not-for-profit sector allowing United Way and others to plan further into the future, rather than only on an annual basis – which ultimately assists more disadvantaged people in the community.”

Point Henry employee Darrel Linke participates in the United Way pay-roll donation and said it is one small way he can help his local community.
 
“We all have a responsibility to help people less fortunate than us. The pay-roll deduction just makes it so easy, but has a big impact,” he said.
 
The Alcoa/ United Way partnership supports a range of programs including crisis support for: children, families and individuals; youth at risk; disability services; health and rehabilitation; education and information; aged care programs; and community engagement.


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Alcoa employees dig deep to help their local communities



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PEACH has provided funds to the Mandurah Volunteer Water Rescue Service in WA



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Peel Community Living, which provides independent living opportunities for the disabled, received funds from PEACH to purchase new equipment