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10,000 volunteer hours pledged to inaugural Give1 Project in support of Month of Service
 
Thousands of Alcoa volunteers were once again out in force during October, donating approximately 10,000 volunteer hours to help more than 100 community and non-profit organisations across Australia.
 
The seventh worldwide 'Month of Service' is Alcoa’s signature employee volunteering event and is held each October to harness the energy of thousands of employees who want to do odd jobs to help organisations in their local communities.
 
Employees weeded wetlands, painted fences, packed food hampers, marshalled at aged care games, built sensory gardens for dementia patients, served food to those in need plus so much more, including delivering intangible benefits like socialising with homeless people and helping ‘at risk’ teenagers build up their confidence and self esteem.
 
In conjunction with Alcoa’s Month of Service commitments, 10,000 volunteer hours were pledged to Volunteering Western Australia’s inaugural Give 1 Project, a call-to-action campaign challenging Western Australian businesses to start or ramp up volunteering programs.
 
Western Australian employers were encouraged to think about giving one day, one person, one hour, or one per cent staffing hours toward a strategy that includes volunteering.
 
Sarah Fordham, Alcoa of Australia’s National Partnerships Manager, sits on the Corporate Volunteer Council of Western Australia which created the Give 1 idea, then implemented by Volunteering Western Australia. Sarah succeeded in getting October selected as the month for giving, so it linked with Alcoa’s own Month of Service commitments.
 
"The volunteering movement was alive and well around the world this October, with tens of thousands of Alcoa employees and thousands of Western Australians rolling up their sleeves and getting their hands dirty in support of their local communities," said Sarah.
 
“Volunteering and community engagement are critical aspects of how we do business and this year was no exception with everyone from our Managing Director to our many site operators pitching in to make a difference.”
 
During Month of Service 2012, 2,423 Alcoa employees ended up donating more than 10,000 volunteer hours, in support of more than 100 community groups nationwide; an extraordinary effort.
 
With the benchmark for corporate volunteering in Australia sitting at 35% employee participation, Alcoa achieved 43% engagement during its Month of Service.
 
In 2012 Alcoa was a ‘Corporate Volunteer of the Year’ finalist in the annual Volunteering WA awards.
 
Additional information about the Give 1 Project, including photos of participating Alcoa employees, can be found at the Give1 Project Facebook page. Western Australian employees also feature in this online album.

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Managing Director Alan Cransberg with residents Bill and Kathlene at Amana Living Osborne Park



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Alcoa employees celebrate Month of Service 2012



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Kwinana refinery employees relaxing at the end of a hard day



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Many hands make light work



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Alcoa’s Pinjarra refinery Production Manager lends a hand to set up a game of skittles at the Aged Care Games.