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month of service is coming …
Every October is Alcoa’s annual worldwide ‘Month of Service’ – a time when we encourage employee volunteerism and celebrate our volunteering heroes.

Our packed event schedule this year includes busy-bees at local schools, gardening at not-for-profit organisations, tree planting and much much more.

Alcoa’s Managing Director Alan Cransberg said: “We all have an opportunity to make a real difference to people’s lives – and have some fun while we’re at it.” 

Last year, around the globe, 23,000 Alcoans participated in Month of Service and we’re aiming even higher this year.

Read on for just a couple of the many great volunteering stories from Alcoa …

geelong community safety volunteer
Occupational Health and Safety Coordinator Nick McAteer, of our Point Henry smelter in Geelong, lives and breathes safety - so much so that he volunteers at the local primary school, educating students about his favourite topic.
Since the start of last year, Nick – who is also a school councillor at Barwon Heads Primary – has volunteered his time assisting with safety issues around the school, including hazard and risk assessments and safety walks with the kids helping them to identify safety hazards and report them to the teachers to ensure no one gets hurt.
During one recent visit, Nick spent time with up to 40 students, chatting about the safety culture at Alcoa.
“I discussed hazards such as hot surfaces, mobile equipment and other dangers,” Nick explained.
“Five volunteers tried on PPE (personal protective equipment) such as safety vests, gloves, glasses and hardhats before I conducting question time.
“I decided to volunteer firstly for personal development and to assist a community organisation, and also to apply knowledge from the workplace to help make the students and school a safe place for all,” he said.

gold award for FESA volunteer support 
Alcoa has received a Gold Award at the WA Fire and Emergency Services Authority (FESA) Volunteer Employer Recognition Program Awards.

At Alcoa, we allow those who volunteer with emergency services time away from work when the need arises to help protect the community. 
We also run two employee volunteer programs ACTION and Bravo! which match employee volunteer hours with financial grants to community organisations. This investment is in addition to our regular partnership program which each year sees about $5 million invested in community partnerships in the regions where we operate.

FESA Chief Executive Officer Jo Harrison-Ward, who presented the Awards, said it was more important than ever to recognise the employers who stand behind FESA’s emergency services volunteers.

“In the past twelve months, WA has been shaken, battered and burnt by some of the worst natural disasters in recent history,” Ms Harrison-Ward said.

“During these times of extraordinary circumstances, hundreds of employers allow our emergency services volunteers to take time off work to help their local communities.”

Ms Harrison-Ward said the role of employers is just as important as those who volunteer.

“Employers give volunteers the ability to leave paid work and respond instantly when the community needs them,” she said.

“Many employers take it one step further by providing resources, equipment and financial support, as well as promoting volunteering.

“This is in spite of the disruption to workplaces and customers,” she said.

Alcoa Wagerup Refinery employee Vaughn Byrd, a Harvey bush fire services volunteer, said: “There’s great rapport between the company and those employees who volunteer for local emergency management teams.”

“Alcoa’s support is second-to-none and this award is well deserved,” he said.

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Alcoa Point Henry's Nick McAteer delivers a safety presentation to Barwon Heads Prep students

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Alcoa Wagerup's Vaughn Byrd (left) and Alan Douglas receive the FESA Gold Award from FESA CEO Jo Harrison-Ward