watch our volunteers in action
Over just two days, Alcoa volunteers planted more than 25,000 trees in salinity impacted areas of the Wooroloo Brook catchment near Perth. Watch them in action by watching this short video.
month of service 2009 in full swing
Month of Service is a time when we celebrate and encourage employee volunteering. Our community relations team organise a bunch of events which our people get involved in.
Here’s a small example of what our people are up to ...
Booragoon Corporate Office
- Bushland weeding with the Friends of Wireless Hill
- Odd jobs for Westcare (organisation providing employment training and accommodation for people with a disability)
“Month of Service is a fantastic initiative by Alcoa and the company’s contribution is just as important as ours, in that they allow us time off work to go and volunteer which really makes a difference to our local communities.” – Sarah Tempest, Corporate Affairs.
Peel Regional Office
- Painting and odd jobs at the Pinjarra RSL
- Wetlands restoration
“It’s great to do something for someone else and really see a difference once you’ve finished. The people at the RSL were very generous and really thankful for our help. It does make you feel good knowing that your efforts are valued and that people will get some enjoyment out of what we did.” - Sandra Pigdon, Controller Projects.
- Odd jobs at a K9 Dog Rescue Shelter
- Helping out at Greyhound Adoptions WA
- Odd jobs at Totally and Partially Disabled Veterans Club
- Helping out at Safety Bay Primary School
“Helping out at our local dog shelter is such a rewarding experience and working together in a large group helps us make a big impact in a short space of time, making a real difference in the community.” – Paula West, Area Mechanical Engineer.
- Set-up and pack-down at the Peel Aged Care Games (fun day for the elderly)
- Helping at a dinner dance for people with dementia
“I was involved in the Falcon beach cleanup, which is a great initiative by Alcoa for Month of Service. I think it’s great … I’ve worked at a lot of companies over the years and this is the first place I’ve worked that’s promoted and actually encouraged you – even in work time – to go out and do something that impacts on the whole community. It feels great … hopefully a few people will see you doing it and it’ll encourage them to do it as well.” - Phil Richardson, Service person.
- Odd jobs at St John Ambulance in Harvey
- Clean-up at Falcon Beach
“I got the opportunity to come down and help at the Harvey St John’s ambulance upgrading their garden beds around the buildings. I think the company’s always encouraged people to be part of the community and get out there and help out. Probably more so now with the current financial crisis it’s encouraging people to get involved. The community gives a lot to us and we can give a little bit back to them. It’s good to meet people that you see at work and don’t really get a chance to stop and chat to. It’s been great.” - John Cattermole, OC2 Manager.
WA Mining Group
- Helping at Nanga Music Festival
- Odd jobs at Aged Care facilities
“I think people will come and do this type of stuff anyway, but the fact that Alcoa promotes it and really encourages staff to do it is great. I think that in the long run more people will get involved, so it’s a good thing. I’m new to Western Australia, and this area, so I’m really keen to get involved in the community and do my bit.” - Justin Hughes, Senior Research Hydrologist.
Point Henry Smelter
- Assisting the Geelong Aged Care Facility
- Tree Planting activities with Friends of Buckley Falls and Greening Australia
“It’s great to be part of a business that promotes and actively develops community spirit - not just in Month of Service, but all year round.” -Tony Thaus, Senior Management Accountant.
- Odd jobs at Portland Primary School
- Tree Planting with Friends of Slurry Landcare Group
“For me, being involved in Month of Service was a great opportunity to see what programs and facilities we have in our local area, and really appreciate how many dedicated volunteers we have in our community that make a difference to the lives of others.” Debbie Schwartz, Business Support Officer.
Anglesea Power Station
- Working bee at Anglesea Golf Club
- Facilitating a children’s theatre performance
“It was great to get out of the office, meet new people and do some physical labour at today’s working bee. We learnt a lot about local flora from the environmental experts overseeing us, achieved a decent amount of work for the golf club and left on a high as we felt we’d made a difference after a hard morning’s work” - Anthea Doran, Community Relations Officer.
New South Wales
Yennora Rolling and Recycling Facility
- Assisting at community recycling events
- Participating in Greening Australia’s Nursery Engagement Day
“Alcoa Yennora has been actively volunteering in our local schools and hospitals over many years, but it’s really exciting seeing us support recycling events that fit what we do as a business. It helps our employees learn more about the carbon value of recycling in the community.” – Michelle Bittle, HR Manager.
burns survivors given a helping hand
A group of Alcoa volunteers got together with more than 60 burn survivors and their families recently at the annual KIDS Foundation Burn Survivors’ Network’s 'Camp Phoenix'.
Camp Phoenix, an initiative of the KIDS Foundation’s Burn Survivors’ Network, aims to give burns survivors and their families the skills to develop a quality of life beyond survival. The Alcoa Foundation has supported Camp Phoenix over the past five years and in that time has donated more than $200,000 to the KIDS Foundation’s recovery programs, as well as numerous volunteer hours.
At the camp, burn survivors and their families are provided with an opportunity to share experiences, build friendships and take part in four days of action-packed fun-filled activities.
This year, Camp Phoenix was held in Victoria (Anglesea) to accommodate the survivors of this year’s devastating Victorian bushfires.
Alcoa Anglesea Power Station Manager Stephanie Pearce said: “Our partnership with KIDS Foundation helps the organisation to assist burns survivors across Australia, as well as reminding our people and communities of the absolute importance of safe behaviour in the workplace and at home.”
KIDS Foundation CEO Matt Stevens said the Burn Survivors’ Network supports all burn survivors with their personal recovery, regardless of the severity of their injuries.
“We understand that burn injuries impact people in different ways - both physically and emotionally. Burn survivors can join Camp Phoenix or the Burn Survivors’ Network regardless of how small or severe their injuries because the Network is about supporting and respecting individuals with their own, personal recovery,” Matt said.
For more information about the Burn Survivors’ Network or Camp Phoenix phone 1300 734 733 or visit www.kidsfoundation.org.au
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