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October 10, 2010
Alcoa Foundation Marks 10.10.10 with Surprise Community Grants
10 charities in 10 locations around the world receive $10,000 each
NEW YORK--People around the world are finding interesting ways to celebrate
10.10.10. Many couples chose this date to get married. Alcoa Foundation
saw it as a fun opportunity to give back - surprising 10 charities in 10
communities around the world with $10,000.
The Alcoa Foundation “Give 10” is part of Alcoa’s annual Month of
Service, a global volunteering event that this year will mobilize more
than 23,000 employees to make a positive impact in their communities,
giving 6,000 service hours through 700 service events throughout October.
The “Give 10” will take place on Sunday, October 10, in 10 Alcoa
communities around the world, from Tennessee where we’ve operated for
almost 100 years, to our newest center of operations in Iceland, and
everywhere in between – Russia, Brazil, Switzerland and Canada.
The funding will be awarded by Alcoa executives to 10 diverse recipient
charities addressing the most pressing social and environmental
priorities in the communities where Alcoa operates - hunger and
homelessness, HIV prevention, safety, and environmental sustainability.
“The ‘Give 10’ Project was conceived to further strengthen the work of
our thousands of employee volunteers, who are this month transforming
their communities – planting trees, improving child literacy, serving
meals and repairing community facilities,” said Alcoa Foundation
President Paula Davis.
“Our people are passionate about giving back where they live and work,
and we are thrilled to be able to further support their work with these
10 special gifts to 10 very deserving charities, and make an even
greater difference in the lives of who need it most.”
Alcoa Foundation is committed to strengthening community sustainability
in the communities where Alcoa operates, with $515 million granted to
address priority local challenges since 1952. The work of Alcoa
Foundation is further enhanced by Alcoa’s thousands of employee
volunteers, who in 2009 gave 650,000 service hours to improve their
neighborhoods, the equivalent of 325 people working full-time for a year.
Alcoa Foundation “Give 10” Grant Recipients:
Chelan Douglas Land Trust, Wenatchee, WA, USA
Bob Wilt, President, US Global Primary Products, will grant $10,000 to
the Chelan Douglas Land Trust after Alcoa volunteers spend the day
cleaning up the natural surrounds of HorseLake Trailhead viewpoint. The
funding will help the Land Trust improve wildlife habitat, eradicate
invasive species and build a culture of conservation in North Central
Washington. Alcoa Foundation has worked with the Land Trust since 2007.
City of Maryville, Tennessee, USA
Alcoa Foundation will grant $10,000 to help green the City of Maryville
at the Foothills Fall Festival. At this all aluminum event, Alcoa
volunteers will help educate the community about the environmental
benefits of recycling and manage the recycling areas.
Friends of Muketawa Trail, Whitehall, MI, USA
Alcoa Howmet will grant $10,000 to the Friends of Muketawa Trail to help
create 26 linear miles of a multi-county trail system constructed in an
abandon railroad bed. Alcoa volunteers have supported the group for the
past eight years, working to improve community sustainability and local
Blind Children’s Center, Fullerton, CA, USA
Craig Brown, Vice President, Global Aerospace Customers and Marketing,
Alcoa Fastening Systems, will grant $10,000 to the Blind Children’s
Center in Fullerton, California, after working with Alcoa volunteers to
improve facilities at the Center through painting and repairs. The
Center teaches the blind and visually impaired Braille and other
important life skills.
Association of Small Farmers, Sao Luis, Brazil
Frank Feder, President, Alcoa Latin America, will grant $10,000 to the
Associação dos Pequenos Produtores Rurais (Association of Small
Farmers), which has been supported by Alcoa volunteers in Brazil since
2007. The organization promotes the economic and social development of
small farmers in the region surrounding Alcoa’s Sao Luis operations.
Clinical Hospital for War Veterans of the Samara Region, Samara,
Alcoa Samara will grant $10,000 to the Clinical Hospital for War
Veterans of the Samara Region, which provides medical services to
veterans in Samara. Alcoa Russia works with veterans organizations in
both Samara and Belaya Kalitva, where the company has operations,
providing both financial support and volunteer time to improve the lives
of retired servicemen and women.
Arsol Rescue Squad, Reykavik, Iceland
Marcos Ramos, President, Alcoa Europe, will grant $10,000 to the Arsol
Rescue Squad in Iceland, after volunteering alongside Alcoa Volunteers
to improve the Squad’s facilities, making the operation safer and more
efficient. Alcoa employees give 300-400 hours a year at this
organization, training rescue dogs to save people after avalanches or
earthquakes and helping with search efforts.
Quebec Society for Disabled Children, Quebec, Canada
Pierre Morin, President, Alcoa Canada, will grant $10,000 to the Quebec
Society of Disabled Children, which provides respite to families of
disabled children. The funding will support the installation of lifts
and other necessary infrastructure and equipment to ensure the safety of
young residents. Alcoa and Alcoa Foundation have supported the facility
since 2008, with both funding and volunteer time.
Samara Foundation for Social Development Time to Live, Russia
Alcoa Russia will grant $10,000 to the Samara Foundation for Social
Development Time to Live, an organization dedicated to HIV prevention
among young people through awareness and educational outreach. The
organization is a member of AIDS Action Europe.
Dolo Municipality/Protezione Civile, Fusina, Italy
Ingrid Muhlbock, President, European Mill Products, granted $10,000 to
Dolo Municipality/Protezione Civile (Civil Protection) association in
Italy to support a safety training program for the children of the
Fusina-Venice communities. The grant was made at a Family Day event
attended by almost 700 participants, including Alcoa employees and
Alcoa is the world’s leading producer of primary aluminum, fabricated
aluminum and alumina. In addition to inventing the modern-day aluminum
industry, Alcoa innovation has been behind major milestones in the
aerospace, automotive, packaging, building and construction, commercial
transportation, consumer electronics and industrial markets over the
past 120 years. Among the solutions Alcoa markets are flat-rolled
products, hard alloy extrusions, and forgings, as well as Alcoa® wheels,
fastening systems, precision and investment castings, and building
systems in addition to its expertise in other light metals such as
titanium and nickel-based super alloys. Sustainability is an integral
part of Alcoa’s operating practices and the product design and
engineering it provides to customers. Alcoa has been a member of the Dow
Jones Sustainability Index for eight consecutive years and approximately
75 percent of all of the aluminum ever produced since 1888 is still in
active use today. Alcoa employs approximately 59,000 people in 31
countries across the world. More information can be found at www.alcoa.com
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. Their time was matched with
US$4million in Alcoa volunteer grants. More information can be found at www.alcoa.com/foundation