Thanks a million...make that three
The Alcoa of Australia employee charity PEACH (Personnel Employed at Alcoa Charity Help) recently celebrated reaching a significant fundraising milestone - $3 million. All of these funds have been donated by employees via payroll deductions.
The funds have been distributed among more than 200 Western Australian charity and community organisations that operate in the communities in which Alcoa employees live and work. These organisations provide services in the areas of welfare, health, family, safety and social improvement and range from large public hospitals and research institutions, to small support groups.
Founded in 1979 as a trust fund, PEACH was inspired by a small group of enthusiastic Pinjarra refinery employees keen to help those in need in their local community. It wasn’t long before employees at other Western Australian locations jumped at the chance to join in and make a difference. Now more than 800 Alcoa employees make regular contributions to the fund through payroll deductions.
Every organisation that applies for PEACH funding receives a visit from one of the PEACH administrators to ensure they have a good insight in to how the organisation operates and how PEACH funding will help.
This personal approach clearly demonstrates to community groups that PEACH contributors care about the work they are doing. The PEACH philosophy is that no organisation is too big or too small to receive funding. Recipients over the years have included the Starlight Children’s Foundation, St John Ambulance and numerous local aged care facilities.
PEACH funding often goes towards the purchase of equipment such as office supplies or medical and research equipment, search and rescue and other emergency services equipment. PEACH also funds activities like camps, mental health programs and school chaplaincy programs, among other things.