Engaged employees earn grants
Attentive to the needs of their communities, our people are generous with the time they volunteer outside working hours for causes they believe in.
Each year, they show their generosity by supporting fund-raising drives for Leucan, Opération Enfant Soleil, Centraide/United Way, Operation Red Nose and other local causes they decide to rally behind as a group.
Their dedication is greater still. Alcoa Foundation has established programs to support community engagement which enable employees to make a grant to an organization in addition to helping them on a volunteer basis. Each year, some 20,000 volunteer hours are given through these programs, the equivalent of 500 workdays.
Find out more about Alcoa Foundation programs and how to submit a grant application for the Alcoans in Motion and ACTION programs.
Alcoans in Motion
Getting fit together
Alcoans in Motion supports teams of at least five employees who, run, walk, bike or participate in other fitness events for the benefit of nonprofit organizations. Nonprofits receive $2,500 grants from the participation of Alcoa employees.
In 2015, this program generated $47,500 for 19 Québec organizations.
Supporting group volunteering
ACTION projects involve a group of Alcoa employees helping out a non-profit organization by volunteering their time. To support them, Alcoa gives the chosen organization between $1,500 and $3,000, depending on the number of employees participating in the project.
In 2015, 37 ACTION projects generated $111,000 for as many non-profit organizations. Twice during the year, employees from our Baie-Comeau, Bécancour and Deschambault smelters completed projects during the same weekend. This included participation in Operation Red Nose in December, which received help from the Alcoa volunteers and a $12,000 grant from this program to three Foundations.
Supporting individual volunteering
Alcoa encourages employees to be regularly involved as individuals with its Bravo! program, which recognizes the work of every employee who volunteers at least 50 hours a year to a non-profit organization. The organization receives $500 for every participating employee. The causes are as varied as the areas of interest to employees.
Our employees submitted 192 applications in 2015, resulting in grants of over $96,000.
Month of Service
Centerpiece of Alcoa voluntarism
Each October, Alcoa recognizes the community engagement of its employees. Around the world, employees join forces to demonstrate the strength of teamwork and Alcoa’s positive impact on its communities.
More than half of Alcoa Global Primary Products’ employees in Canada and 100% of senior management participated in one or several of the following activities—food drives, Centraide/United Way campaign, blood drives, tree plantings, ACTION programs, Alcoans in Motion programs, recognition activities, etc.