November 17, 2011

Twelve Nonprofit Organizations Receive $10,000 Surprise Grants During Alcoa’s Worldwide Month of Service

NEW YORK, November 17, 2011—Alcoa employees in 24 countries were busy volunteering in their communities during its annual Worldwide Month of Service held in October. To further Alcoa’s impact, 12 of the nonprofits where employees volunteered received surprise grants of $10,000 each from Alcoa Foundation, totaling $120,000. Alcoa leaders joining the projects presented the organizations with the checks.
 
“While Alcoa employees volunteer year round, Month of Service is our way to ramp up our efforts and bring our impact to a higher level,” said Paula Davis, President, Alcoa Foundation. “Alcoa Foundation is proud to support the causes that are important to our people and present these surprise grants to our nonprofit partners that do important work in our communities."
 
Alcoa will announce all the impacts of its Worldwide Month of Service efforts on December 5, UN International Volunteer Day. The following organizations received the 12 surprise grants.
 
Supporting Our Seniors and Disabled, Western Australia
Alcoa’s Western Australia management team presented a grant to Supporting Our Seniors and Disabled. The organization helps seniors and people with disabilities enjoy independence and peace of mind.
 
Associação dos Produtores Rurais de Três Vistas, Juruti, Brazil
Franklin Feder, President and CEO, Alcoa Latin America and the Caribbean provided the grant to Associação dos Produtores Rurais de Três Vistas to renovate a community shed, build a new church and purchase water tanks.
 
Pro-Vert Sud-Oues, Quebec, Canada
Pierre Morin, President, Alcoa Canada presented the grant to Pro-Vert Sud-Oues, a nonprofit that promotes the environmental health of South West by engaging citizens in beautification and recycling programs.
 
China Forum of Environmental Journalists, Beijing, China
Jinya Chen, President, Alcoa Asia-Pacific and Cindy Bai, Vice President, Finance of Alcoa Asia-Pacific presented the check to the China Forum of Environmental Journalists. The grant will be used to strengthen the connection between media and society around protecting the environment.
 
Sarthe Fire Brigade, Saint Cosme, France
Pierre Emmanuel Gires, Vice President and General Manager of Aerospace Operations in Europe provided a grant to Sarthe fire brigade which will be used to train volunteer firefighters.
 
Russia Center of Cardiology and Cardiovascular Surgery, Belaya Kalitva, Russia
Andrey Donets, President, Alcoa, presented the grant to Russia Center of Cardiology and Cardiovascular Surgery, one of the leading cardiovascular surgery-related facilities of the Russian Federation.
 
Centre of Minors Lucentum,  Alicante, Spain
Manuel Ruano, Operations General Manager, European Mill Products, provided a grant to Centre of Minors Lucentum that provides assistance to children 9 to 17 who live in temporary homes.

Garaca Association, San Ciprián, Spain
Marcos Ramos, President, Alcoa Europe presented a grant to Garaca Association that promotes and organizes cultural, environmental and sports activities in the area.
 
United States
• The Nature Conservancy of Indiana, Evansville, IN
Ed Hemmersbach, Location Manager, Warrick Operations, provided a grant to the Nature Conservancy of Indiana to help with maintaining the native cane trees that employees planted.
 
• Mutual Housing Association of NY, New York, NY
Klaus Kleinfeld, Chairman and CEO, Alcoa, provided a grant to Mutual Housing Association of NY to purchase a new playground for children in Bedrock Park, Hunts Point in the South Bronx.

• AGAPE, Bloomsburg, PA
Glen Morrison, President, Alcoa Building and Construction Systems and Diana Perreiah, Vice President and General Manager, Alcoa Kawneer North America,  provided a grant to AGAPE an organization that provides services for people in need. 
 
• Lowcountry Food Bank, Mt. Holly, SC
Mt. Holly Plant Manager Mike Rousseau, Bob Wilt, President, Global Primary Products and Kevin Anton, Chief Sustainability Officer provided a grant to Lowcountry Food Bank that feeds the poor and hungry of the 10 coastal counties of South Carolina.

About Alcoa Foundation
Alcoa Foundation is one of the largest corporate foundations in the U.S., with assets of approximately US$436 million.  Founded more than 50 years ago, Alcoa Foundation has invested more than US$530 million since 1952. In 2010, Alcoa Foundation contributed nearly US$20 million to nonprofit organizations throughout the world, focusing on promoting environmental stewardship, enabling economic and social sustainability, and preparing tomorrow’s leaders through education and learning.  The work of Alcoa Foundation is further enhanced by Alcoa’s thousands of employee volunteers, who in 2010 gave more than 720,000 service hours. Through the company’s signature Month of Service (October) program, Alcoa employees share their energy, passion and purpose to make a difference in our communities. In 2010, a record 49 percent of Alcoans took part in nearly 1,000 Month of Service events across 24 countries, reaching 59,000 children, serving 17,000 meals, planting 16,000 trees and supporting 3,000 nonprofit organizations. For more information about Alcoa Foundation, please access www.alcoa.com/foundation.