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September 30, 2008
2008 Alcoa Worldwide Month of Service: Alcoa Employees to Make a Difference Where They Live and Work
NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Alcoa (NYSE:AA) announced today that October is the start of the company’s
third annual Month of Service (MOS) when more than 16,000 Alcoa
volunteers across the globe joining with their families, neighbors and
community groups to undertake over 450 community projects in 25
In 2007, Alcoa volunteers gave 634,000 hours of voluntary service –
the equivalent of more than 362 people working full-time.
“Alcoa’s Month of
Service is about achieving sustainable positive impact through our
pursuit of excellence and building our collective year-round commitment
to community service,” said Klaus Kleinfeld,
CEO and President of Alcoa.
“Together Alcoa employees apply their energy
and talent to make a real difference in our communities –
the Alcoa difference.”
Alcoa’s MOS has an impressive track-record of
achievement with over 80,000 people within Alcoa and the broader
community participating in the MOS since its inception in 2006.
During last year’s event, Alcoa volunteers
helped 187 schools, delivered over 2,300 meals, built Habitat homes,
contributed to wildlife preservation, planted 12,000 trees and saved
over 1,700 tons of CO2.
Alcoa’s 2008 MOS activities focus on
partnerships with local groups to improve and rehabilitate local
facilities and the local environment such as parks and rivers. Alcoa
volunteers will assist in building sustainable communities, provide aid
for children, the elderly and those in need, support schools and health
centers, and strengthen local infrastructure.
Through their volunteer efforts, Alcoa volunteers are applying and
sharing Alcoa’s core strengths and values,
and health, safety and education standards for the benefit of local
communities. These partnerships also reflect Alcoa’s
commitment to conservation and sustainability –
and its action to plant 100 Million Trees, to recycle, and to find
solutions to global climate change.
Month of Service is an extension of our determination to add real value
to everything we do – in the communities in
which we live and within our operations,”
“These are challenging times for many people
in many regions of the world, and we are committed to making a
difference. I am enormously proud of what Alcoa employees achieve
through their volunteer work in partnership with our local community
Highlights of Alcoa’s 2008 Month of
Alcoa and the Alcoa Foundation are committed to sustainable communities.
Alcoa Foundation has invested $49 million in communities around the
world since its inception. Alcoa invested over $8 million in community
climate change projects in 2007 alone, and over $1 million in recycling
Highlights of Alcoa's 2008 upcoming Worldwide Month of Service
activities from around the world are:
-- United States: Alcoa employees are holding recycling
workshops, planting trees, working with school children, holding
food drives, delivering meals to senior citizens, participating in
blood drives and book fairs, building homes for the most
vulnerable, and repairing buildings and facilities to benefit
non-profit groups and those in need. For example:
-- In Pennsylvania, volunteers will help in school literacy
programs, renovate a women's and children's shelter, and prepare
humanitarian and medical supplies to send to communities in least
-- In Michigan, volunteers will build wheelchair ramps at
homes, renovate a local library, clean-up a nature trail, and
assist senior citizens.
-- In Tennessee, 1,500 trees will be given away for
planting, and volunteers will participate in a "Day of Caring" to
renovate local shelters and gardens.
-- In Indiana, Alcoa employees will conduct a hands-on
recycling workshop for school children, and work with charity
organizations to donate food and clothing.
-- In Iowa, Alcoa employees are partnering with Habitat for
Humanity to build homes and with environmental and emergency
housing groups to deliver services.
-- In New York, with the American Natural History Museum's
"Movable Museum" bus, employees will conduct a global cultures day
at a Bronx school.
-- Brazil: Over 3,100 employees will participate in over 50
events, from environmental, recycling and safety workshops,
programs for children, classroom improvement projects to a series
of events to recognize and encourage Alcoa employees' volunteerism
spanning the country.
-- Across Europe, Alcoa employees will be repairing
schools, assisting orphanages, donating and distributing food and
essentials to the needy, hosting free health clinics for the
community, planting trees and gardens, cleaning rivers, lakes,
parks and sand dunes, and holding environmental education
workshops. For example,
-- In Italy, Alcoa employees will hold over 20 events to
assist the community, including host a free eye check-up for those
in the community.
-- In Romania, volunteers will participate in a "Clean
Rivers for Humanity" day and an environmental field trip for
children, as well as a program of activities at local orphanages.
-- In Hungary, over 20 projects are planned to help
schools, build a sports ground and plant trees on school grounds.
-- Australia: Over 2,000 employees will participate in 70
activities, including climate change "Carbon Crunch" events and
workshops for employees and their families to understand and
offset their carbon emissions; and National Ride to Work Day to
reduce their GHG footprints by bicycling to work.
-- China: In Shanghai and Bohai, Alcoa employees will
participate in environmental protection workshops, support local
villages with environmental improvements, and volunteer at a local
school for disabled children.
-- Russia: In Moscow, Belaya Kalitiva and Samara, Alcoa
employees will upgrade the environs of a centers for children and
the elderly, create a sports-ground for a local orphanage, as well
as clean-up a local nature reserve and develop an ecological path
and Alcoa tree alley.
-- Canada: Alcoa employees plan 20 activities, including
working with schools to raise funds for playgrounds, and
continuing construction of a bicycle path. Just last week, 200
employees and their families spent 814 hours renovating non-profit
-- Mexico and Honduras: Will hold a community health fair,
undertake park improvements and women's health workshops.
-- Jamaica: In addition to improvements to a senior
citizens infirmary and several schools, 2000 trees will be planted
during October under Alcoa's 100 Million Trees Initiative, and
they will hold programs on natural resource management for school
-- Suriname: Alcoa employees will partner with local
community members to undertake over 30 events and projects,
including a road safety project and renovations to schools and
-- In Africa: Volunteers in Guinea will hold events
focused on education and resource management for school children.
Alcoa is the world leader in the production and management of primary
aluminum, fabricated aluminum and alumina combined, through its active
and growing participation 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, and building systems. The Company has
97,000 employees in 34 countries and has been named one of the top most
sustainable corporations in the world at the World Economic Forum in
ABOUT ALCOA FOUNDATION
Alcoa Foundation is a separately constituted nonprofit U.S. corporate
foundation with assets of approximately $500 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 $466 million invested
The Foundation's grants address global and local needs in over 36
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 2007, Alcoa and Alcoa Foundation invested a combined total of $49.0
million in community programs in 36 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. Alcoa Foundation manages the Alcoa
employee volunteer programs ACTION and Bravo!
For more information, visit www.alcoa.com/foundation.