December 21, 2011

The Alcoa team participates in Operation Red Nose in three Québec regions simultaneously!

  • In two evenings, 215 volunteers fulfilled 426 requests for designated driver services.
  • A total of $22,000 was divided between three foundations supporting different regional causes.

Last Friday, 215 volunteers, including 86 Alcoa employees, fulfilled 426 requests for designated driver services in three Québec regions, all in support of Operation Red Nose. For the third consecutive year, and during the same evening, volunteers from the aluminum smelters in Baie-Comeau, Bécancour and Deschambault gave their time as volunteers in their respective region.
In addition to bringing people safely back to their homes, they collected roughly $7,000 to benefit three organizations: the Fondation Loisir et Sport Côte-Nord, the Fondation des amis des Estacades and the Mira Foundation. In order to highlight the volunteer efforts of its employees, Alcoa added another $15,000 to these funds, namely in the framework of Alcoa Foundation’s ACTION* program.
Safety, a priority value at Alcoa
For several years, Alcoa volunteers have been actively involved in Operation Red Nose, contributing to the pursuit of the organization’s mission which is to ensure the safety of citizens in our regions. “Once again, our people have demonstrated that safety and service to the community are important values for our organizations,” stated Pierre Morin, President of Alcoa Canada.
This community service initiative concludes a record season of 33 volunteer activities in Québec. That’s the gift the Alcoa team offered to our communities’ organizations in 2011.
About Alcoa Foundation – Canada
Alcoa Foundation is one of the largest corporate foundations in the U.S., with assets of approximately US$436 million. Alcoa Foundation has invested more than US$530 million since 1952. In addition to responding to local needs identified by Alcoa communities, Alcoa Foundation seeks to find solutions to broader sustainability issues, like climate change. In 2010, the Foundation awarded over US$825,000 in grants to organizations in communities where Alcoa Canada facilities are located. Its impact is magnified by the commitment of Alcoa employees in Canada who have devoted over 200,000 hours of service to 200 organizations in the course of the past five years. All four Alcoa Canada Global Primary Products plants have achieved certification under Recyc-Québec’s ICI ON RECYCLE! program. More information can be found at under Community.
Additional information
* The ACTION program–for Alcoans Coming Together In Our Neighborhoods–recognizes the work of employees who commonly direct their efforts to accomplishing hands-on community projects. Non-profit organizations not only benefit from the volunteer work of the Alcoa employees but also from a $3,000 contribution from Alcoa.

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Deschambault smelter employees taking part in Operation Red Nose On Friday, December 16.