October 11, 2013

Community action raises community awareness regarding the services of SAMU


Event was promoted by Alcoa volunteers and forms part of the Worldwide Month of Community Service and the company’s 125-year celebrations


On October 4 a group of volunteers from Alcoa got together to carry out yet another community action (ACTION), the sixth such event in 2013. They arranged an educational ‘blitz’ in the center of the city to raise people’s awareness of the importance of using the services of SAMU (Public Mobile Emergency Service) in an appropriate manner. The institution’s own professionals also took part.

“Our aim was to help reduce the number of hoax calls and calls that have nothing to do with urgent or emergency cases”, says Mônica M. Frison, the Institutional Affairs Supervisor for the Alcoa unit in Poços de Caldas. “We think it’s essential that people know exactly what services SAMU offers and know how to use them”.

In addition to benefiting from the voluntary work of Alcoa employees, SAMU will also receive a donation equivalent the US$ 3000 from the Alcoa Foundation to be invested in improvements in the institution.

The community action forms part of Alcoa’s Worldwide Month of Service program and its 125-year anniversary commemorations, which are being celebrated in all company locations worldwide during October. In Poços de Caldas, in addition to the community action on behalf of SAMU, six community projects will be inaugurated, a BRAVO! 2011 donation will be delivered to the fire brigade, trees will be planted and there will be another action in the José Avelino de Melo Municipal School.


About Alcoa


Alcoa Alumínio S.A. is a subsidiary of Alcoa Inc. which is the world’s leading producer of primary aluminum and fabricated aluminum, as well as the world’s largest miner of bauxite and refiner of alumina. The company employs approximately 61,000 people in 31 countries and for the twelfth consecutive year the company is a member of the Dow Jones Sustainability Index. Alcoa is present in Latin America and the Caribbean where it has operations in Brazil, Jamaica and Suriname and about 7,000 employees.  This year, the company completes 125 years of operations in the world.


In Brazil the company operates in the whole of the aluminum production chain, from bauxite mining to the production of transformed products. Alcoa has six production units and three offices in the states of Maranhão, Minas Gerais, Pará, Pernambuco, Santa Catarina, São Paulo and the Federal District. The company also has shareholdings in four hydroelectric power stations: Machadinho and Barra Grande on the border of the states of Santa Catarina and Rio Grande do Sul; Serra do Facão in Goiás; and Estreito, between Maranhão and Tocantins. In 2012, Alcoa recorded revenues of R$ 2,6 billion in Brazil. In the same year it was considered a benchmark in sustainability, being one of the year’s 21 model companies in the Guia EXAME de Sustentabilidade [EXAME Magazine’s Sustainability Guide]. In 2013, it was recognized for the twelfth time as one of the Best Companies to Work and for the second consecutive year the Best Company for Women to Work in Brazil, by the Great Place to Work Institute. Further information can be found at and follow @Alcoa on Twitter at and follow Alcoa on Facebook at