Community Capacity and Resilience
Economic success depends on a region’s ability to attract and retain a talented workforce. By investing in the quality of place – including community infrastructure, arts and culture, as well as a strong non-profit sector – we help build capacity of communities to ensure resilience of communities and give them a competitive edge in the global economy.
Give Where You Live Geelong
Alcoa Point Henry has partnered with Give Where You Live, Geelong's premier charitable organisation, since our operations commenced in 1963.
Alcoa Point Henry is a Premier Supporter of Give Where You Live and has a broad partnership with the organisation.
Each year, Give Where You Live raises money for over 70 vital health and human care agencies within the region. Tens of thousands of people within the Geelong region benefit from a Give Where You Live funded organisation each year, including children, youth, the elderly, families, people with disabilities and people in crisis.
Alcoa Point Henry makes an annual corporate donation to Give Where You Live and is the naming rights sponsor of the Alcoa Australian Head of the River, an event which raised more than $135,000 for the Geelong community in 2011.
Alcoa employees personally support the Give Where You Live Workplace Giving Program through making personal donations from their salary, and each year an Alcoa representative participates in the Loaned Executive Program.
Alcoa Point Henry also supports employees to take part in a range of other Give Where You Live fundraising events including the Barwon Banks Fun Run and Corporate Triathlon.
Geelong organisation Kommercial provides supported employment for people with a disability.
Kommercial first established an enclave of workers at Alcoa in 1994, which further diversified in 1998 when Kommercial took over care of Alcoa Point Henry’s ground maintenance.
In 1993, Alcoa formed a partnership with Kommercial to promote workplace diversity at the Point Henry Smelter.
At the time, the concept of enclaving groups of employees with disabilities within an industrial site was considered revolutionary. Today the practice, whilst not common, is being replicated around Australia.
While the partnership started with providing a primary mail service to Alcoa Point Henry, it has since grown to now also offer land care, administrative support and the day-to-day running of all the site’s food service requirements through the Kommercial Café at Alcoa.
Alcoa is committed to providing a more inclusive and flexible workplace as diversity in the workplace makes all Alcoans’ working lives more interesting and more rewarding.
The enthusiasm and positive attitudes of the Kommercial team is inspiring for other Alcoa employees and contractors.
In October 2008, Kommercial celebrated its 50 year anniversary where Alcoa was acknowledged as its longest-serving partner.
Read more about Kommercial's services at our Point Henry smelter
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