Alcoa has announced that a record 60%, or more than 33,000 of its employees, volunteered during the company’s annual Worldwide Month of Service, held in October.
In Canada, 2,035 employees (53 %) took part in 40 community events over 31 days, including thirteen ACTION* group volunteer activities that helped further education, provide necessities to people in need, and build/renovate community facilities. They also participated in the United Way fundraising campaign and in Waste Reduction Week, which saw the unveiling of 43 new recycling bins on the premises of two Alcoa Foundation partners.
“Volunteerism is at the heart of Alcoa’s culture. Including the activities held during Alcoa’s Worldwide Month of Service, Alcoa Canada employees took part in 54 ACTION events in 52 weeks this year, for a total donation of US$150,000 to non-profit organizations in our communities. This is truly a model for future generations,” declared Martin Brière, President of Alcoa Canada Global Primary Products.
Worldwide, Alcoa employees from 24 countries participated in more than 1,500 projects in October – collecting and distributing food, planting trees, donating blood, and improving literacy, to name a few. In partnership with 2,050 non-profits, Alcoa’s employees and members of various host communities:
- Recycled 265,455 aluminum cans
- Served more than 13,000 meals
- Helped 36,000 children and enhanced 400 schools
- Assisted 484,000 community members
We are also pleased to announce the winners of Alcoa’s ‘Spirit of Volunteering’ employee photo contest. Winners were selected by Alcoa employees, Alcoa Chairman and CEO, Klaus Kleinfeld, the Alcoa Executive Council, the senior leadership group, Alcoa customers and Alcoa Foundation nonprofit partners. Each winner will receive a US$5,000 grant from Alcoa Foundation for their favorite charity. Visit www.alcoa.com/monthofservice to view the winning photos and a video of Canadian employees making a difference.
ABOUT ALCOA FOUNDATION
Alcoa Foundation is one of the largest corporate foundations in the U.S., with assets of approximately US$446 million. Alcoa Foundation has invested more than US$550 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 2011, the Foundation supported 35 projects managed by organizations in communities where Alcoa Canada facilities are located, including five major tree planting projects. Its impact is magnified by the commitment of Alcoa employees in Canada who have contributed more than 210,000 hours of service and $1M to 200 organizations in the course of the past five years, thanks to Alcoa Foundation volunteering support programs. More information can be found at www.alcoa.com/canada, under “Community”.
*The ACTION program recognizes the work of employees who join forces to carry out hands-on community projects. Non-profit organizations not only benefit from the volunteer work of the Alcoa employees but also from a $3,000 Alcoa contribution.
On September 29-30, 125 people launched Alcoa’s Worldwide Month of Service by participating in one of the activities organized that weekend to benefit five non-profits. Alcoa donated $3,000 to each, in addition to announcing two $5,000 surprise grants.