October 26, 2011

Alcoa's $10,000 surprise for seniors

A Sunday morning volunteer event in Coodanup turned into a major windfall for Mandurah non-profit organisation, Supporting our Seniors and Disabled Inc (SOS), when Alcoa's WA management team handed over a check for $10,000.

The group partnered with SOS to volunteer at the home of local senior, Ken Price, as part of Alcoa's worldwide 'Month of Service', and took the opportunity to present SOS Volunteer Field Officer Mario Galea with the surprise grant – one of just 12 awarded globally.

Alcoa's General Manager of WA Operations, Simon Butterworth, said SOS was a very worthy organisation that captured the essence of Month of Service.

“Month of Service is all about giving back to the communities in which we live and work through volunteerism,” Mr Butterworth said.

“SOS provides a very valuable service by matching volunteers to people in need. I am delighted we can support their mission with our hands-on help today and this donation from the Alcoa Foundation* - the only surprise grant awarded in Australia during this year‟s Month of Service.”

Mr Galea accepted the check, thanking Alcoa for its generosity.

“These funds will help us to continue to serve our clients by ensuring we have the tools and equipment needed to undertake jobs just like this one today,” Mr Galea said.

The team of 10 Alcoa employees - including managers from Alcoa's mining operations as well as Pinjarra, Wagerup and Kwinana alumina refineries - pruned, trimmed, mowed and cleaned during the three-hour event, helping to fire-proof the home of Mr Price in preparation for summer.

The activity was one of around 50 volunteer events by Alcoa's WA employees during the 2011 Month of Service.

It is anticipated around 40% of the company‟s 4,000-plus WA employees will participate in the 6th annual celebration of volunteerism.

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About SOS
SOS is a registered non-profit organisation that provides a home maintenance program for seniors and people with a physical disability in the Peel region. SOS volunteers are primarily mature aged and/or retired men and women, although some are still working and volunteering their services on their days off. SOS operates independently in the Peel region and independently raises all funds.

About Alcoa Foundation
In 2010, Alcoa Foundation contributed nearly US$20 million to non-profit organisations throughout the world, focusing on promoting environmental stewardship, enabling economic and social sustainability, and preparing tomorrow‟s leaders through education and learning. The work of Alcoa Foundation is further enhanced by Alcoa‟s thousands of employee volunteers, who in 2010 gave more than 720,000 service hours. Through the company‟s signature Month of Service (October) program, Alcoa‟s worldwide employees share their energy, passion and purpose to make a difference in our communities. In 2010, a record 49% of Alcoans took part in nearly 1,000 Month of Service events across 24 countries, reaching 59,000 children, serving 17,000 meals, planting 16,000 trees and supporting 3,000 non-profit organisations.

For more information about Alcoa Foundation, visit: www.alcoa.com/foundation.

Media contact: 
Jodie Read, 0404 800 335, jodie.read@alcoa.com.au