Three $10,000 grants for Fullerton area organizations

December 9, 2004 -- Alcoa Fastening Systems, Fullerton Operations is pleased to announce that Alcoa Foundation has approved three grants of $10,000 each to the following Fullerton-based organizations:  Boys & Girls Club of Fullerton, Fullerton Arboretum Authority, and Fullerton School District Educational Foundation.

Alcoa Fastening Systems, Fullerton Operations employs nearly 1,000 employees and has two operations in Fullerton.  Not only is Alcoa Fastening Systems interested in bettering the community but the employees are also very generous and put enormous efforts in helping the community.  There are many community service programs where the employees participate.  For over 15 years, the employees have participated in the annual Angel Tree Gift Drive.  This drive benefits Orangewood Children’s Home and Kids Matter Auxillary of Crittenton Services and collects over 100 gifts each year for the children.  Just this past summer, 1,000 pine tree seedlings were donated to Firestone Scout Reservation in Brea.  The Firestone Reservation is owned by the Boy Scouts of America and many troops within the area planted the seedlings.  Then in October, a blood drive was held in which 63 units of blood were collected which helped save 189 lives in Southern California.  In addition, an ongoing recycling program is actively involving all employees; the profits raised are going to St. Jude Memorial Foundation. 
This year has been busy with many visits from dignitaries within the community.  Congresswoman Lorretta Sanchez visited the plant; she is the ranking woman in the House Armed Services Committee.  In April, the employees celebrated 2 million safe hours without a lost time injury in which Fullerton Mayor Mike Clesceri, Mayor Pro Tem Shawn Nelson and Chris Lowe, Executive Director of Fullerton Chamber of Commerce and Placentia Mayor Pro Tem participated.  In July, Assemblywoman Lynn Daucher visited the plant and talked to some of the employees.