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November 4, 2003

Alcoa Foundation Grants Help Southern California Disaster Relief Organizations

PITTSBURGH--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov. 4, 2003--With thousands of displaced California families still dependent upon volunteer efforts for daily living needs, Alcoa Foundation has announced grants to disaster relief organizations from the San Bernardino Mountains to San Diego. A total of $60,000 has been awarded to the following organizations:

  • $20,000 to the Inland Empire Chapter, American Red Cross
  • $20,000 to the Ventura County Chapter, American Red Cross
  • $20,000 to the Sierra Del Mar Division, Salvation Army


These grants are part of Alcoa and Alcoa Foundation's longstanding commitment to providing immediate support to victims of natural disasters in Alcoa communities worldwide.

To date, the California wildfires have destroyed more than 720,000 acres of land and 3,100 structures. More than 6,400 evacuees have been cared for in Red Cross shelters.

Alcoa in California

Ventura, Orange and Los Angeles Counties (Simi Valley, Torrance, City of Industry, Carson, Fullerton)--headquarters and operating facilities for Alcoa Fastening Systems --a leading worldwide designer and manufacturer of fastening systems, specialty fasteners, components, and installation systems for aerospace and commercial product assembly.

San Diego County (San Diego) and Orange (Irvine) Counties--Alcoa's (AFL) wireless telecommunications facilities.

Tulare County (Visalia)--operating locations for Reynolds Food Packaging products and Kawneer architectural products.

About Alcoa Foundation

Established in 1952, Alcoa Foundation is a global resource that actively invests in improving the quality of life in more than 29 countries around the world where Alcoa operates. The Foundation's grants address global and local need in Areas of Excellence that include: Conservation and Sustainability, Global Education and Workplace Skills, Business and Community Partnerships and Safe and Healthy Children and Families. Alcoa Foundation also manages ACTION and Bravo!, two Alcoa employee engagement programs. For more information about Alcoa Foundation, visit www.alcoa.com, under Community.

About Alcoa Inc.

Alcoa is the world's leading producer of primary aluminum, fabricated aluminum and alumina, 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 as a single solution to customers. In addition to aluminum products and components, Alcoa also markets consumer brands including Reynolds Wrap(R) aluminum foil, Alcoa(R) wheels, and Baco(R) household wraps. Among its other businesses are vinyl siding, closures, fastening systems, precision castings, and electrical distribution systems for cars and trucks. The company has 127,000 employees in 41 countries.