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October 1, 2010
Alcoa Launches Fifth Annual Worldwide Month of Service
23,000 Employees to Volunteer across 24 Countries
NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Alcoa (NYSE:AA) employees are preparing to set a new volunteering record
this month during the company’s annual Worldwide Month of Service, with
more than one-third of Alcoa’s global workforce ready to give their
time, talent and hands-on support to strengthen local communities.
Throughout October, 23,000 Alcoa employees will volunteer in close to
700 service events across 24 countries. The projects will address the
needs of local communities where Alcoa operates, from strengthening
literacy and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) skills, to
bolstering capacity of community service organizations, to improving the
natural environment through tree planting and recycling. Employees’
collective efforts will support the work of 1,600 non-profit
Celebrating its fifth year, Alcoa’s Month of Service is a company-wide
event that mobilizes employees to make a positive impact in their local
communities. More than 190,000 people across Alcoa and the broader
community have participated in Month of Service volunteer events since
its inception in 2006.
“At Alcoa, community service is a core value, and our employees
continually look to give back in ways that are both meaningful and
sustainable,” said Alcoa Chairman and CEO Klaus Kleinfeld.
“Month of Service was organized five years ago to demonstrate Alcoa’s
commitment to its people, the causes that are important to them and the
needs of the local communities where we do business. Working with
outstanding nonprofit partners throughout the world, we have grown our
Month of Service activities each year, reflecting the passion and
persistence of our people and enabling us to help more people in need.
This is the outcome by which we ultimately measure our success,”
Last October, 22,000 Alcoa employees took part in Month of Service.
Partnering with local organizations, they planted 11,000 trees, served
14,000 meals, ran 4,000 charitable campaigns, and volunteered at 400
ABOUT ALCOA FOUNDATION AND MONTH OF SERVICE
Alcoa Foundation is one of the largest corporate foundations in the
U.S., with assets of approximately US $420 million. In addition to
addressing local needs in communities where Alcoa operates, Alcoa
Foundation is focused on promoting environmental stewardship, enabling
economic and social sustainability, and preparing tomorrow’s leaders
through education and learning. Alcoa Foundation was founded more than
50 years ago and has invested more than US $515 million since 1952.
Through the company’s signature Month of Service program, Alcoa
employees share their energy, passion and purpose to make a difference
in our communities. Month of Service is the centerpiece of year-round
volunteer efforts by Alcoa employees, who in 2009 gave 650,000 hours of
service to 9,000 charitable organizations – the equivalent of 325 people
working full-time. Their time was matched with US$4million in Alcoa
HIGHLIGHTS OF ALCOA’S 2010 MONTH OF SERVICE
North America: Across the United States, Alcoa’s workforce will
mobilize to complete more than 200 service projects -- repairing
recreational and educational facilities, restoring vegetation at
national parks, running recycling programs, and supporting skills
development and employment readiness. In Canada, 1,800 employees will
renovate a community center, collect winter clothes, and raise funds for
the United Way and the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation.
South America: In Brazil, 87 percent of Alcoa’s workforce will
participate in more than 60 Month of Service events through October.
Their efforts will strengthen environmental conservation and improve
local infrastructure. In Suriname, employees will work with three local
schools on nutrition education and revitalization of facilities.
Europe: More than 6,000 Alcoa employees in 12 countries across
Europe will take part in Month of Service. In Russia, 2,500 Alcoans will
work on environmental restoration projects and assist the underserved.
Alcoa Spain will work alongside 150 local nonprofit organizations,
restoring waterways and planting 1,000 trees. In France, employees will
promote sustainability by hosting biodiversity workshops, cleaning
rivers and recycling. Alcoa Switzerland employees will serve meals to
those in need and provide skills development at a women’s shelter.
Asia: Alcoa China employees will volunteer to improve
environmental sustainability by educating students on conservation and
recycling, planting trees and cleaning parks.
Australia: In Australia, more than 1,500 employees will give 400
hours to improve school infrastructure, deliver safety education to
students, raise awareness for the National Breast Cancer Foundation, and
plant native trees.
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