October 21, 2013

Volunteers from Alcoa make improvements in the José Avelino de Melo School


Some 30 volunteers painted the toys in the children’s playground, organized the library and planted trees during the community action in the José Avelino de Melo Municipal School


The students from the José Avelino de Melo Municipal School, located in the city’s rural area, had a pleasant surprise when they arrived at school for another day of lessons on Monday October 21. The toys in the children’ playground and the handrail that links the entry patio to the playground, had been freshly painted, the area behind the sport’s court now had fruit trees (mulberry, persimmon, graviola, plum and jabuticaba), and the books in the library had been reorganized. The improvements were carried out by 30 volunteers from the Alcoa unit in Poços de Caldas, who took part in the seventh community action of 2013 (7th ACTION 2013), on Saturday, October 19. The event formed part of the Worldwide Month of Community Service program and the 125-year anniversary of Alcoa, both of which are being celebrated throughout October.

For Tariza Bertozzi Risso de Carvalho, a GBS financial analyst, taking part in voluntary actions is already a habit in her life. “I’ve been doing voluntary work since I was 14 and I’m enjoying it more and more”, said Tariza. “In addition to collaborating with the community, activities like this in the José Avelino School are fun for us and help us make new friends”.

Marina de Souza Berti, an intern with GBS Financial, took part in a community action for the first time and loved it. “To be able to help is very gratifying, particularly children who live in the rural area”, she said. “This type of work contributes not only to our personal life but also our professional life”.

“The children were delighted and thought we’d bought new toys”, said Maria de Lourdes Pereira Venâncio, the school’s principal, who was visibly moved. “And were even happier because we’ve been wanting to paint the toys for a very long time. We can only thank the volunteers form Alcoa for this marvelous present for our students”.

In addition to benefiting from the voluntary work of the Alcoans of Poços de Caldas, the José Avelino School will also receive a donation that is the equivalent of US$ 3000 from the Instituto Alcoa.

This will be the fifth donation made to the school, since it has already been the beneficiary of four other community projects: expansion and improvements in the school; the acquisition of audio-visual equipment; the setting up of the children’s playground, and the purchase of instruments and uniforms for the marching band.


About the Alcoa Instituto


Established in 1990, the mission of the Alcoa Instituto is to generate a legacy of sustainability in the communities in which Alcoa operates, through strategic and articulated projects that value and strengthen their potential. The Instituto works with programs and actions that encourage corporate voluntary work, among which are ACTION, BRAVO!, Green Works, World Community Services Month program, the Program for Supporting Local Projects and its signature program, known as the ECOA (Community Environmental Education) Program, in partnership with CIEDS [Integrated Center for Sustainable Development Studies and Programs]. The areas considered to be a priority for actions or community projects are education, health, the environment, safety, governance, work and income. Since 1995, the Alcoa Institute, along with the Alcoa Foundation, has invested around R$ 100 million in more than 1,900 projects, which have benefited 39 Brazilian cities and involved more than 1.4 million hours of voluntary work.


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