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June 22, 2004

Alcoa Foundation Disaster Grant to Help Ebenezer Baptist Church Continue its Services to Community

PITTSBURGH--(BUSINESS WIRE)--June 22, 2004--Alcoa Foundation today announced that it has awarded a $20,000 grant from its Disaster Funds to The Hill House Association, a multi-faceted social service agency, to be used on behalf of the Ebenezer Baptist Church located in the Hill District to help the church continue with its outreach efforts in the Hill District community. The 131-year-old church was destroyed in a fire last March and intends to rebuild on the site. Since the fire, classes and social services have been absorbed by nearby churches and other Baptist congregations.

The Hill House Association will manage the Alcoa Foundation grant to assist the community with the loss of services since the fire.

"Ebenezer is a powerful force in the Hill District community. It is much more than a place of worship, but served hundreds of people through its various program. This grant will enable Ebenezer to continue some of these needed social services like its tutorial programs for school age children and the provision of food and clothing," said Kathleen W. Buechel, President and Treasurer of Alcoa Foundation

"Keeping the church's community service alive during the rebuilding process is essential. We thank Alcoa Foundation for its generosity in helping Ebenezer continue its service to the community," said Evan Frazier, executive director of the Hill House Association.

In 2003, Alcoa Foundation made $15 million in grants around the world. Communities where Alcoa has a presence are the primary focus of its grantmaking programs. Through disaster relief grants and employee engagement initiatives like ACTION and Bravo!, additional resources are made available to our communities. The Foundation's grants address global and local needs in Areas of Excellence that include: Conservation and Sustainability, Global Education and Workplace Skills, Business and Community Partnerships and Safe and Healthy Children and Families. For more information about Alcoa Foundation, visit, under Community.