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December 5, 2007
Alcoa Marks International Volunteer Day with Tribute to Alcoa Employees for their Record Volunteer Effort in 2007 Worldwide Month of Service
PITTSBURGH--(BUSINESS WIRE)--A record of more than 47,000 people participated in volunteer activities
during Alcoa’s 2007 Worldwide Month of Service
held in October, it was announced today by Alcoa (NYSE:AA)
and Alcoa Foundation. Now in its second year, the Worldwide Month of
Service is a dedicated timeframe during which the company’s
locations around the world hold community service events to recognize
the commitment and achievement of Alcoa employees who volunteer in their
Under the theme of “Alcoa in the Community,”
participation this year was up nearly one third from 2006. Alcoa’s
senior management was actively involved in many of the more than 780
events held in 36 countries in 200 communities. Alcoa employee
volunteers partnered with local nonprofit organizations, neighbors,
government officials, and family members to make maximum impact in their
local communities. Volunteer efforts included service to nearly 37,000
community residents, planting of over 12,000 trees, and direct
assistance to nearly 200 schools. Many events were held with
non-governmental organizations (NGOs) where Alcoa employees volunteer
year-round and where Alcoa Foundation grants complement their efforts.
“I am proud to congratulate all those
employees and their families who make Alcoa’s
Worldwide Month of Service a true demonstration of the spirit of giving
and community involvement has been a core part of Alcoa’s
Values since our founding,” said Alain Belda,
Alcoa’s Chairman and Chief Executive Office. “We
chose International Volunteer Day to announce these achievements as
further recognition of the significant positive change these Alcoa
volunteers make on a regular basis in their communities around the globe.”
In 1985, the General Assembly of the United Nations designated December
5 for an annual celebration of all that is achieved by volunteers; International
Volunteer Day is celebrated in more than half the world’s
countries. Details can be found at www.worldvolunteerweb.org
“Our Worldwide Month of Service extends and
deepens our regular, day-to-day community involvement,”
said Meg McDonald, President of Alcoa Foundation. “The
goal is to make a real and sustainable impact on Alcoa communities
Some highlights from the Month of Service:
In China, 10 Alcoa locations partnered around the key themes of
safety, children, protection of the elderly, and environmental issues.
More than 500 employees were involved in events such as a 10-day
volunteer project for the Special Olympics in support of the USA
Special Olympics Team and helping Team Bahamas and Austria handle the
athletes' special needs.
Over 30% of Alcoa's Australian employees and more than 3,000 community
members participated in events focused around the "Make An Impact"
greenhouse "Climate Change Challenge." On National Ride to Work Day,
employees saved an estimated 1,734 tons of greenhouse gas by walking,
biding, taking public transportation, or car-pooling to work—positively
impacting some 66 community organizations.
Brazil and Alcoa locations in Latin America held over 100 community
events and 23 workshops to benefit more than 130 NGOs.
In Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 263 employees took part in major service
projects for nonprofit organizations, including escorting senior
citizens to visit the National Aviary, painting at Light of Life
Rescue Mission, cleaning the riverfront, and visiting hospitalized war
In Richmond, Virginia, employees helped restore Capitol Square by
planting six mature trees in the grounds of the newly refurbished
State Capitol and conducted several clean-up projects. These trees
planted for perpetuity with a $60,000 grant from Alcoa and Alcoa
Foundation completes the historic original (but never realized)
landscape plan for the Capitol.
In Canada and Iceland, employees at 10 Alcoa locations spent 800 hours
actively participating in National Waste Reduction Week by building,
cleaning, removing, reusing, and recycling to reduce waste. Key
efforts were landscaping grounds and building composting containers
for children to use in schools.
In Jamaica, Alcoa volunteers worked with the local Lions Club to
repair damage to Welcome Beach, an 800-meter stretch that was battered
by Hurricane Dean. The beach is now clean and free of boulders, tree
trunks, and debris thanks to their efforts.
Alcoa Technical Center in Upper Burrell Township, Pennsylvania, held a
Community Luncheon at which $160,000 in funding was presented to local
organizations and a two-year partnership with the Community Health
Clinic in New Kensington was announced. The grant will help increase
clinic services by 30%.
In Spain, local community representatives and politicians, Alcoa
senior management, and all Alcoa San Ciprián
volunteers attended an Employee Volunteering Celebration Ceremony to
acknowledge the 735 Alcoa volunteers who devoted around 50,000 hours
volunteering at 58 nonprofit associations.
Alcoa Ireland organized a Suicide Awareness & Prevention month,
providing information stands and DVDs in plants and local shopping
In the United Kingdom, Alcoa employees at Kitts Green partnered with a
local organization to run a community Open Day at The Pump Lea
Village, with activities such as art competitions, music performances,
information technology courses, and displays and demos by various
local training facilities and organizations.
Alcoa in France launched an exhibition on sustainable development that
will tour France in 2008, and announced the creation of an educational
orchard financed by an Alcoa Foundation grant.
Alcoa Russia volunteers held a mass event which cleaned and planted
trees and bushes to create a new garden at a local Home for Elderly
and Disabled People.
Alcoa is the world's leading producer and manager of primary aluminum,
fabricated aluminum and alumina facilities, and is active in all major
aspects of the industry. Alcoa serves the aerospace, automotive,
packaging, building and construction, commercial transportation and
industrial markets, bringing design, engineering, production and other
capabilities of Alcoa's businesses to customers. In addition to aluminum
products and components including flat-rolled products, hard alloy
extrusions, and forgings, Alcoa also markets Alcoa®
wheels, fastening systems, precision and investment castings, structures
and building systems. The company has 116,000 employees in 44 countries
and has been named one of the top most sustainable corporations in the
world at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. More
information can be found at www.alcoa.com.
About Alcoa Foundation
Alcoa Foundation, the second largest asset-based corporate foundation in
the United States, .is a separately constituted nonprofit U.S. corporate
foundation with assets of approximately $534 million. Its mission is to
actively invest in the quality of life in Alcoa communities worldwide.
Throughout its history, the Foundation has been a source of positive
community change and enhancement, with nearly $437 million invested
The Foundation's grants address global and local needs in over 30
countries by partnering with Alcoa communities around the world to make
a difference. Global and local grantmaking is responsive to the needs
and aspirations of Alcoa communities and marshals the combined
expertise, energies, and values of Alcoa and Alcoa Foundation to provide
a world-class standard of excellence in corporate citizenship.
In 2006, Alcoa and Alcoa Foundation invested a combined total of $42.3
million in community programs in 32 countries, focusing on four areas of
excellence: conservation and sustainability, global education and
workplace skills, business and community partnerships, and safe and
healthy children and families.
In addition to grantmaking, Alcoa Foundation offers two employee
programs to encourage volunteerism. Bravo!
recognizes individual employees who spend a minimum of 50 hours per
calendar year doing volunteer work for an
approved nonprofit/non-governmental organization; in recognition of the
employee's effort, Alcoa contributes $250 to the nonprofit organization.
ACTION (Alcoans Coming Together In Our Neighborhoods) recognizes the
team efforts of at least five Alcoa employees who spend a minimum of
four hours on a community service project for a local
nonprofit/non-governmental organization; in recognition of the team's
effort, Alcoa contributes either $1,500 or $3,000 to the nonprofit
organization, depending on the size of the team.
For more information, visit www.alcoa.com,