celebrating month of service around australia
For an overview about Month of Service, visit the ‘our business’ section of this newsletter.
Below are just a few examples of what’s been happening in your local communities during Alcoa’s global volunteering month …
kwinana refinery, western australia
Cockburn Wetlands Education Centre (the Centre) in Perth was the first to benefit from the enthusiasm and passion of Kwinana Refinery employees.
The Centre is an independent, not-for-profit, community organisation dedicated to wetlands, restoration activities, environmental education, youth services and facility hire. All year round, volunteers are needed to implement the Centre's activities, along with the assistance of a small band of dedicated staff.
On the first day of Month of Service, around 20 Alcoans spent the evening helping staff with an eco-walk and night stalk.
The Centre also benefited from an Alcoa ACTION* grant of US $3000.
The Centre’s Denise Crosbie said Alcoa’s funds would assist with improvements to the gardens which incorporate local natives, water wise reticulation, limestone paths and a frog pond.
Also this month, Kwinana Refinery employees have supported local primary schools and sporting groups, assisted the ‘Friends of Attadale Foreshore’ environmental organisation, and lent a hand to organisers at the Kwinana Festival.
pinjarra refinery, western australia
Pinjarra Refinery employees helped make the Peel Region Aged Care Games 2010 a day to remember for residents of 18 local care facilities, from Waroona to Rockingham.
From early in the morning, when the major set-up began, through to the packing-up in the afternoon, Alcoa employees were there to assist.
Our people helped the participants from their transport and into the games arena at the Mandurah Aquatic and Recreation Centre, and also scoring during the games.
Meantime, Pinjarra Refinery Managers added some flavour to a chilly morning in Mandurah when they fired up the barbecue and cooked breakfast for local people in partnership with the Peel Soup Kitchen.
Our employees fried bacon, sausages and eggs for community members who access the services of the Peel Soup Kitchen at the Sutton Street Hall.
Precipitation Manager Michael De Viana said: “It was terrific for our Managers to be away from their regular work for a few hours and be in a position to help out in the community. Just having a chat to the local people was mutually enjoyable and it gave us, who don’t often have the time, the opportunity to see what a massive effort the regular volunteers make.”
John Stallard, Facilitator of Peel Soup Kitchen, said: “The support from Alcoa is greatly valued by our organisation as we totally rely on volunteers and the generosity of the public.”
wagerup refinery, western australia
Employees from Wagerup Refinery and Willowdale Mine added to the success of the 80th Waroona Agricultural Show this year, by assisting with the set-up of the event and the post clean-up.
Our people helped the organisers with the construction of temporary stages, the layout of chairs and tables, and other preparation tasks.
This volunteering formed part of an Alcoa ACTION* grant, with the Waroona Show receiving an added US$1500 which will be invested in works that will improve the Show site before next year’s event.
Also this month our people from Wagerup re-painted the much loved children’s train at the Harvey Lions Club.
“The Lions Club of Harvey does some brilliant community work and it was great to be able to assist and provide the labour to do the job,” said Wagerup employee Paul Sinden.
“Heaven knows how many kids have had a ride in the train over the years, so help from the fella’s to put a fresh coat of paint on the carriages is much appreciated.” said Robert St Duke of the Harvey Lions Club.
Meanwhile Alcoa electricians Mike Stirk and Tim Egerton-Green donated their time at the Harvey Senior Citizens Centre.
Sponsorship from Alcoa recently enabled the Centre to purchase a new water cooler, with the Cool Clear Water Company providing free hook-up to mains water. It was then that the Alcoans steped in to install a new power point, enabling safe operation of the cooler.
Centre Committee member Bunty Verrall said: “The seniors and the Committee would like to thank Alcoa for this and the other assistance they have given us with our bus service and advertising.”
“And thanks to Tim and Mike - volunteers are special people!”
WA mining group (huntly & willowdale), western australia
Serpentine Primary School received a boost this month, thanks to employees from Alcoa’s bauxite mines at Huntly and Willowdale.
Serpentine Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade members and the primary school P&C joined the Alcoans as they spent an afternoon constructing a vegetable garden and chicken enclosure, which the school children will start using in term four.
Meantime, Alcoa volunteers and long-term community partner, Kids Foundation, are getting together at the end of the month to promote safety issues and awareness at Marri Grove School in Byford.
And a separate group of volunteers spent several hours at Dwellingup Primary School this week, tidying the gardens and undertaking odd jobs around the school.
anglesea power station, victoria
A World War II site, which had fallen into a state of disrepair, has been brought back to life – thanks, in part, to employees from Alcoa Anglesea.
During Month of Service, our people have been working with the Anglesea Historical Society on the beautification of the newly restored, art deco designed, Loveridge Lookout.
Loveridge Lookout was built during World War II as a look-out for enemy ships. The site had been fenced off for several years due to being in a state of disrepair but, over the past two years, there has been a successful community restoration project with Alcoa Anglesea as a major sponsor.
In conjunction, a cultural walk for the coastal town of Anglesea has been constructed, known as the Anglesea Art Walk. This beautification project has seen the installation of six large scale mosaics.
Five employees from Alcoa Anglesea assisted the Anglesea Art Walk and the Anglesea Historical Society, during the installation phase, by mounting the mosaic of ‘The Inverlochy’ (a famous local ship wreck), created by the Anglesea Historical Society, at Loveridge Lookout.
The team completed the work over two days - digging two deep holes to house fence poles, building and attaching the wooden bracing to these poles and mounting the structure. It will now be able to sustain the varied weather conditions on this very exposed and rugged site.
point henry smelter, victoria
Alcoa Point Henry employees have been out and about this month, lending a hand in their local neighbourhood of Whittington.
Employees from Alcoa were joined by the team at Greening Australia - together constructing an Indigenous Bushfoods Garden.
The garden, designed by Greening Australia and the Wathaurong Co-operative, will become a community meeting place and wildlife habitat used for education, interpretation, and a source of bush tucker.
Whittington Primary School students joined Alcoa volunteers in completing the project by planting indigenous tube stock around the garden.
Greening Australia’s Candice Parker, who designed the garden, said: “The Alcoa volunteers have done such a wonderful job and their efforts have saved us a lot of time and money.”
portland aluminium, victoria
Several community organisations in Portland have received assistance from Portland Aluminium employees this month - including the Vintage Car Club and the Surf Life Saving Club.
Portland Aluminium smelter employees, along with members of the Portland Vintage Car Club, got their hands dirty participating in a working bee to remove overgrown vegetation at the Club.
And more recently, our people from Portland worked with members of the Portland Surf Life Saving Club (PSLSC) to help prepare the Club for the upcoming summer season. The group of employees included Alcoa of Australia Managing Director Alan Cransberg and visiting Alcoa Global Primary Products Chief Operating Officer Chris Ayers from the United States. The volunteers painted, tidied storage areas, cleaned equipment and laid adhesive non-slip flooring.
PSLSC President Maree Rundell said the volunteers’ efforts had a significant impact: “The Surf Life Saving Club continues to strive to provide the community with a reliable and professional service and Portland Aluminium, as a community partner, plays a very important role in the future of our Club.”
booragoon corporate head office, western australia
Employees from our Corporate Head Office in Perth’s southern suburb of Booragoon have been out in force this month in the City of Melville area.
A group of 30 employees assisted the Friends of Wireless Hill, for the third consecutive year. The group removed the introduced species, pink gladioli, from a large section of Wireless Hill Park which will help the native Australian plants thrive.
Margaret Mathews, of the Friends of Wireless Hill, said: “I can't tell you how valuable it is to have all this help, they did an amazing job. Having 30 Alcoans assist us is like Christmas.”
The National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF) was also given a helping hand, with Alcoa employees selling branded merchandise, including badges, pens, and pins, at Garden City Shopping Centre. The funds raised will be invested in breast cancer research.
Booragoon employee, Libby White, who assisted the NBCF, said: “I think we live in a world that cries out for more community spirit, so it was great to get out from behind the desk and do something that makes a real difference – it’s a great feeling.”
yennora rolling mill & recycling facility, new south wales
Fairfield Indigenous Flora Park has been given some assistance by Alcoa employees from Yennora.
Alcoa employees spent the morning doing some general garden maintenance and at the same time learned about the flora they were surrounded by.
Alcoa’s Gus Ferguson was impressed by the diversity of plants in what is a small oasis in the middle of busy western Sydney.
"It is fantastic that this park exists to educate people about what this whole area once looked like,” he said.
Robert Ward a regular park volunteer enjoyed the chance to impart his plant knowledge. He was able to teach our people about the conservation efforts of the local council to document and propagate many of the important native plants found in the park.
*ACTION & Bravo!
Each year, Alcoa’s Australian employees personally generate thousands in community funding, thanks to the company’s ACTION and Bravo! volunteering programs that match employee time with financial grants. A total of more than US$420,000 was donated to community groups last year – this was in addition to Alcoa’s regular partnership program which saw $5 million invested.
ACTION (Alcoans Coming Together In Our Neighbourhoods) recognises the team effort of at least five Alcoa employees who spend a minimum of four hours on a community service project for a local not-for-profit, community or non-governmental organisation. In recognition of the team's effort, Alcoa makes a contribution to the organisation and grants are up to $US3,000.
Bravo! recognises individual Alcoa employees’ who volunteer 50 hours of personal time, in one year, to a not-for-profit, community or non-governmental organisation. Every Alcoa employee in Australia is entitled to one Bravo! grant each year.
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