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December 5, 2008
50,000 Helped as Alcoa Employees Make a Difference in Challenging Economic Times During 2008 Alcoa Worldwide Month of Service
PITTSBURGH--On International Volunteer Day, Alcoa CEO and President Klaus Kleinfeld
congratulated the record number of 22,000 Alcoa employees who came
together in almost 700 separate service events as part of the company’s
Worldwide Month of Service, to support communities around all Alcoa
locations, making a positive difference in the lives of 50,000 others.
Each year, this month-long program mobilizes Alcoa’s global workforce to
make a positive difference in the communities where they live and work –
this year partnering over 1,700 not-for-profit community organizations
across 26 countries, in projects as diverse as serving meals, to
planting trees, to repairing community infrastructure, to improving
child literacy. Details can be found at www.alcoa.com/volunteers
Their efforts resulted in measurable improvement to our world – with
over 20,000 trees planted, more than 7,300 meals served, 160 natural
areas restored, and 270 community facilities and shelters repaired.
Alcoa employees also worked to drive sustainable change in areas such as
environmental conservation, carbon reduction and injury prevention –
running community workshops to raise awareness of critical issues.
“I’m inspired to see that during these times of increased economic
uncertainty, our employees, their families and friends, have responded
with energy, passion and dedication to the immediate needs of our
communities and have acted to make a difference,” said Kleinfeld.
“I believe what we can achieve together through this energy and
dedication inspires others– both within the company and beyond it – to
make a powerful and lasting difference.
“Alcoa has a proud culture of volunteering and we chose International
Volunteer Day to announce these achievements as further recognition of
the way our people bring positive change to their communities around the
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.
2008 Month of Service Highlights
Throughout October, Alcoa employees reached out and made a difference.
And so much was achieved…
- 21,975 Alcoa volunteers (28% increase over 2007 participation
working with over 1,700 community organizations
in 699 service events, across 26 countries.
- 140 health and safety projects completed
- 160 rivers, parks and recreation areas rehabilitated and
- 270 community facilities and shelters restored
- 280 workshops on recycling, environmental conservation and
- 320 schools helped or improved
Over 7,300 meals served to those in need.
Over 20,000 trees planted
Over 24,000 children and 1,600 senior citizens assisted
- 50,000 community members positively impacted
8,600 employees took part in 272 events, alongside over 500 community
groups - more than doubled their participation numbers. They held
recycling workshops, planted trees, worked with school children on
literacy programs, held food drives, delivered meals to senior
citizens, participated in blood drives and book fairs, built homes for
the most vulnerable in communities, and repaired buildings and
facilities to benefit those in need.
Almost 200 Canadian employees held over 20 events and gave over 800
hours to constructing and renovating community buildings over one
weekend. In addition, volunteers gave their services to non-profit
groups serving disabled children and vulnerable families, and held
events to recognize Alcoa and volunteers.
South America and the Caribbean
In Brazil, 72 MOS events were held involving 4151 employees
(representing an impressive 66% participation rate) and 300 community
and non-profit groups. These events included an ‘Alcoa Panel and the
Community’ review of community projects in San Luis, environmental
activities, recycling and safety workshops, community events for
children and classroom improvement projects.
In Jamaica, in addition to improvements to a senior citizens infirmary
and several schools, 2400 trees were planted during October and events
focused on education and natural resource management for school
In Suriname, 290 employees worked energetically on 37 projects,
devoting 3,843 hours of their time and partnering with local community
member, to assist 10 schools, brighten up an orphanage, clean and
repair over 30 community facilities and playgrounds, plant over 350
trees, and improve safety at some road crossings.
In Mexico and Honduras, over 2700 employees, families and community
members came together at all locations for volunteer recognition
events, community health fairs, park improvements, workshops and
programs for unemployed and vulnerable youth, and health workshops.
In China , over 400 employees, family and friends teamed up with
environmental conservation groups and local authorities to improve
wildlife and habitat protection, joined with the China Forum of
Environmental Journalists at the Alcoa Environmental Protection Base
to environmental workshops, and lent a hand to a hospital, schools and
a senior citizens rest home.
In Korea and Singapore, volunteers worked hard preparing the grounds
at a senior citizens home and shared a day of outdoor adventures with
partners and friends from the Handicapped Welfare Association.
In Australia, 2245 employees participated in 73 events partnering 67
NGOs and community groups, reflecting a 37% participation rate. Their
volunteer activities included planting over 7655 trees, painting at
non-profit organizations, and holding environmental workshops to learn
how to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Across Europe, over 4,000 Alcoa volunteers repaired schools and
hosting activities for orphanages, planted trees and gardens, cleaning
rivers, lakes and sand dunes, and holding environmental education
workshops. In Spain, a workshop for a neighborhood association will
share our 5S’ System to help improve effectiveness.
Against a backdrop of severely challenging economic conditions, Alcoa
Iceland employees and their families turned out in record numbers to
repair local search and rescue facilities, and improve health and
recreation facilities and hiking trails for the benefit of the local
community. Notwithstanding the trying times and zero degree
temperatures, they increased overall participation by 290% over last
year’s Month of Service rates.
In Russia, over 210 employees and 340 participants upgraded the
environs of centers for disabled children and the elderly, create a
sports-ground for a local orphanage and host a field trip to Moscow
for disadvantaged children, as well as developed the ecological path
and Alcoa tree alley in a national park area in the Samara region.
In Boke, Guinea, all employees teamed up with the Jane Goodall
Institute, School to School International and local authorities and
780 school children to foster local community capacity and share
knowledge about sustainable natural resource management.
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