Alcoans Coming Together in Our Neighborhoods (ACTION) supports the efforts of employees who volunteer together on a community service project. It’s a collaborative effort: Employee ACTION teams contribute time, energy, and skills to vital community programs and projects, and the Alcoa Foundation matches their time with grants of up to US$3,000 to help the local benefiting nonprofit organization.
ACTION projects are as diverse as the locations where Alcoa operates. The teams directly address local community needs, whether it’s constructing a compost garden and rainwater capture system at an elementary school in Viveiro, Spain, or renovating a United Way community center to improve its service infrastructure in Kingston, Jamaica.
Steven Finning and Gavin Nicholson of Point Henry host a Community Meals Program once a month. The program is run entirely by volunteers, including students from local schools. A well-respected contributor to welfare in Geelong, approximately 9,000 meals are served every year. For some of the beneficiaries, a meal at Christ Church Geelong is the main meal of the day; for others it is the only meal.
More than 200 Alcoa Bohai employees, families and friends participated in the Qinhuangdao Coastal Clean-up. The purpose of this project was to collect, analyze and safely dispose of trash and recyclables. The event also helped raise public awareness about environmental sustainability.
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Through Junior Achievement BizTown, fifth-grade students learned about economics, including how to run a business and manage personal finances. Each participant had a different role in the operation of 17 public and private enterprises including retail shops, banks, TV and radio stations, and a health center. Alcoa volunteers provided guidance and support to the students by conducting evaluations to make sure they understood the concepts.