March 16, 2012

Community Institutions benefit from Alcoa Foundation Grants

Some 34 community institutions in Clarendon, Manchester, St. Catherine, and Kingston received grants from the Alcoa Foundation totaling US$20,500. This was made possible through the voluntary service of some 230 Jamalco employees were involved in the Alcoa Foundation sponsored BRAVO programme during 2011. Representatives of various teams of volunteers were on hand to receive the cheques.

Managing Director Jerome Maxwell commended the volunteers for their service to their communities.  He noted, “we have come a long way from 3 and 4 Bravo volunteers per year. Whenever you volunteer, you get a satisfaction knowing that you have made a difference.”  Mr. Maxwell urged the volunteers to encourage their colleagues who are already volunteering in their communities to register for Bravo and apply for the grant when they have completed 50 hours.

Corporate Services Manager Leo Lambert also urged the volunteers to get their colleagues who are not doing so to start volunteering in their communities.  “It is no good if we shine but we don’t help others to shine. This year, I want you to pull others along with you. In this way, the communities and institutions that you assist will benefit even more from your efforts,” he said.

The cheques presented included $4,750 to the Prattville Primary and Infant School in South Manchester where 19 Bravo volunteers were assisted by their family members from Mining Operations to paint sections of the school, clean the school yard and plant flower gardens.

The Clarendon College Past Students Association, Clarendon Chapter also received grants totaling US$4,250 in recognition of the hours spent by 17 volunteers painting the school’s classrooms and science laboratories and fixing roadways inside the compound. 

The New Testament Basic School in May Pen also received US$3000.  Twelve volunteers from the production departments assisted in construction work at the school.

The grants now bring the total amount earned by Bravo volunteers in 2011 to US$29,500.

Bravo grants $250 to Jamalco employees who volunteer 50 hours or more with a nonprofit organization. In honour of Bravo’s 10th anniversary, Jamalco employees are encouraged to volunteer with three different institutions and apply for the US$250.00 grant for each project. 

Bravo Cheque Presentation to a Community Group.

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Jamalco's Managing Director Jerome Maxwell presents a Bravo cheque to community rep. Neigus Meikle.