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.
During the National Day dedicated to Safety on roads, a group of 10 ACTION volunteers helped provide safety training and information to children and teenagers. Participants learned about road risks, bicycle and motorcycle safety rules, protective equipment use and safe behavior. Firemen, assisted by our volunteers, demonstrated first aid in case of an accident. Questionnaires were distributed, the results of which were used to identify new safety initiatives.
Working with the Hong Kong Christian Services Special Needs Children, 21 ACTION volunteers hosted a mini-Olympics with adventurous games under the supervision of professional trainers. Activities included rope climbing, gymnastics, track and field and ball games, among others. The program, targeting special needs children and their families, reached over 200 people in the community.
In March 2012, more than 40 Alcoa Fastening Systems (AFS)-Simi Valley employees, families, and friends came together to form an ACTION team to help beautify the Strathearn Historical Park and Museum. Volunteer activities included cleaning the museum’s exhibits, preserving historical artifacts, and helping prepare for the site’s spring opening.
In October 2012, 10 ACTION team members worked with St. Gerardus Majellaschool (GLO) Nieuw Lombe, to build a fence near the school’s soccer field and help with general maintenance. In addition to upgrading the facility, the fence enhances safety by preventing soccer balls from entering a nearby public roadway.