October 22, 2015

New Alcoa chief transforms Silver Chain garden in 110th anniversary year


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Silver Chain’s Lesley Balkwill and Alcoa’s new chief Michael Parker transforming the outdoor area at Silver Chain’s Hilton multicultural social centre.

Alcoa of Australia’s new chief, Michael Parker, was among thousands of Alcoa employees who rolled up their sleeves at 100-plus projects across Australia to support non-profit organisations during the company’s 10th annual global Month of Service.
 

Showing their support for Silver Chain’s 110th anniversary celebrations, a team of Alcoa employees from the company’s Booragoon head office, led by the newly-appointed President Alcoa Refining and Australia Region, helped improve the outdoor area and gardens of the Silver Chain Multicultural Social Centre in Hilton.
 

The group gave 50 hours to Australia’s oldest and largest provider of in-home health and care services. Silver Chain also benefitted from two other employee groups gardening and painting at their Mandurah and Rockingham centres.
 

This service adds to the approximately 10,000 hours contributed throughout October by Alcoa employees to more than 100 non-profit organisations Australia-wide.
 

Month of Service is Alcoa’s signature employee volunteering event which harnesses and celebrates the energy of thousands of employees who have, among other things, donated blood, sewed blankets for children in foster care, cooked meals for the elderly and painted school classrooms.
 

Alcoa’s Michael Parker believes volunteering is in the company’s DNA and there is a mutual responsibility for both the business and local communities to remain healthy and thriving.
 

“Month of Service is a great time of year to be an Alcoa employee. Everyone joins together and contributes their time and expertise to support their local community,” Michael said.
 

“Collaborating for the benefit of the community is core to our values and the spirit of volunteering is a strong element of our culture. We believe for our business to thrive, so must the communities where we operate and Month of Service offers our employees the opportunity to actively, and in a fun way, make a difference where they live and work.”
 

The spirit of volunteering is embraced by Alcoa employees, from the President and his lead team to site operators and administration employees.
 

Each year, thousands of dollars in community funding is also generated by Alcoa’s Australian employees thanks to the company’s ACTION* and Bravo!** volunteering programs which match employee time with financial grants. This funding is in addition to Alcoa’s regular $4 million community investment program.
 

Alcoa is also once again participating in the Corporate Volunteer Council of WA’s Give1 Project*** which encourages employers to think about giving one day, one person, one hour or one per cent staffing hours towards a strategy includes volunteering. The campaign promotes volunteering efforts undertaken by a range of companies, including Alcoa.
 


 
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Summary of 2015 Month of Service worldwide
It is estimated more than 50% of Alcoa’s 60,000-strong global workforce will volunteer.
More than 600 community service projects are planned with potential for more than 100,000 hours of service donated.
Employees will partner with more than 350 non-profit organisation and community groups.
 
 
Other Alcoa employee volunteering initiatives
* 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 non-profit, community or non-government organisation. In recognition of the team's effort, Alcoa makes a contribution to the organisation with grants up to $US3,000.

 

** Bravo! recognises individual Alcoa employees who volunteer 50 hours of personal time in one year to a non-profit, community or non-government organisation with a US$500 grant to the organisation.

 
*** Give1 Project
The Corporate Volunteer Council of WA, of which Alcoa is a founding member, devised and launched the Give1 Project in 2012. Give1 encourages employers to think about giving one day, one person, one hour or one per cent staffing hours towards a strategy that includes volunteering. The campaign promotes volunteering efforts undertaken by a range of companies, including Alcoa. Volunteering WA, the convenor of the Corporate Volunteer Council, can assist any business wanting to direct or better understand their options for corporate volunteering initiatives.
 
 
Media contact: Jane McGuire on 0410 694 676 or jane.mcguire@alcoa.com.au