February 13, 2012

Jamalco Distributes Grants Valued at $4.5M

Grants valued at over $4.5 million were presented to schools and others NGOs in recognition of Jamalco employees voluntary service in 2011. 

230 employees were involved in the Alcoa Foundation sponsored BRAVO and 123 in Alcoans Coming Together in our Neighbourhood (ACTION) programmes during 2011. The grants were handed over at a special function to launch the 2012 Volunteer Programme.
Keynote Speaker and Member of the Board of Directors of the United Way of Jamaica, Michelle Wilson-Reynolds, charged the employees to “start your own infection…the infection of volunteerism,” she said.
Mrs. Wilson-Reynolds who is also Snr. Vice President, Capital & Credit Financial Group is encouraging all employees to get involved and give back to their communities as the opportunities that abound are endless. “Volunteerism connects you to others and to your community and helps to make it a better place for you and your family and benefits the cause that you choose to assist,” she declared.
She called on everyone to pool their efforts and make our country a better place by volunteering “to help others to shake off their troubles and step up,” she added.
Corporate Services Manager Leo Lambert reiterated the call for employees to volunteer and make a positive impact on the lives of others. “We have a commitment to not only inhabit the earth but to make a difference in the space that we occupy. “Last year our level of volunteerism was tremendous but I want this year to be even better,” he said.
In his remarks, Managing Director Jerome Maxwell said, “We have made significant strides although only 40% of the employees volunteered last year. Our aim is to get to 100% and we will continue to work at it until this objective is achieved.”
Principal of Garvey Maceo High School, Mrs. Madjeta Pinto who spoke on behalf of the beneficiaries thanked Jamalco for helping to build better communities. “You have helped to make our institutions better places to live and work in and we thank you for everything you have done from the bottom of our hearts,” she stated.
Of the 230 persons who registered to do Bravo projects, 131 volunteers completed at least 50 hours and applied for grants. These volunteers completed over 7,228 hours. Over 40 institutions benefitted from the Bravo Programme. Similarly, the 123 employees who participated in ACTION projects gave a total of 617 hours. The ACTION projects that received funding include Winston Jones High, Bellfield Primary, Ramble Community Centre, Gravel Hill Action Committee and Campbell’s Castle All Age School.

MD Jerome Maxwell presents a grant cheque.

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MD Jerome Maxwell presents a grant cheque to Garvey Maceo High School's principal Mrs Madgeta Pinto.