Dec. 13, 2012


Alcoa Foundation grants awarded to 19 different local organizations


NEWBURGH, Ind.   Leaders from Alcoa Warrick Operations announced on Dec. 13 a total of $307,500 in 2012 grants from the Alcoa Foundation for continued improvements in the Evansville area.


More than 60 people attended the grant celebration program, conducted at Mesker Park Zoo & Botanic Garden. It received a two-year grant worth $37,000 to create the Alcoa Institute for Sustainable Living Education, a classroom for area students to get quick, practical lessons steps they can take to protect the environment.


This year, Alcoa Warrick Operations designated Alcoa Foundation funds to Mesker Zoo and 18 other non-profit organizations that are focused on improving education and protecting the environment.


“We’re always excited about the investments that Warrick Operations is able to make through the Alcoa Foundation,” said Royce Haws, Location Manager for Warrick Primary Metals.


“The organizations receiving grants have a record of success, high credibility and an organizational structure that will allow them to succeed.”


The Alcoa Foundation is focused on building sustainable communities through strategic investments that are focused on achieving measurable, long-term results.


Jeff Boris, the Manufacturing Manager for Alcoa Global Packaging at Warrick Operations said sustainability is an integral part of the culture at Alcoa. So the Foundation’s investments reflect the corporation’s emphasis on economic success, environmental excellence and social responsibility.


“We do not merely judge the success of our operation on how well our facility performs,” he said. “We believe we share a mutual responsibility to build sustainable communities, and Foundation investments are one tool for us to help accomplish that together.”


Haws and Boris were joined at the grant recognition ceremony by Joe Kuhn, Manager - Alcoa Warrick Power Plant; Yvette Vinson, Manager- Human Resources for Alcoa Global Packaging; and Jim Beck, the site's Communications and Public Affairs Manager.


They and other plant leaders made their decisions on Alcoa Foundation funding based on the counsel and guidance of Alcoa’s Community Advisory Board, a group with representatives from business, government and the community.


The advisory board provides guidance to the plant’s leadership, and its members also participate in the annual evaluation of Alcoa Foundation grant requests.


The majority of the grants from the plant’s Alcoa Foundation allocation are focused on a local giving strategy of “Shaping Tomorrow’s Workforce and Building a Sustainable Community.”


Organizations receiving Alcoa Foundation funding from Warrick Operations in 2012:

Ark Crisis Nursery
2012 Grant:  $9,000
Total Award Amount: $18,000
Year 2 or 2
 This year, Ark Nursery received funding to help it complete its plan to expand its crisis care program, preventing child abuse and providing more emergency care.

Boys and Girls Club of Evansville
2012 Grant: $7,500
Total Award Amount: $17,500
Year 2 of 2
The Boys and Girls Club in Evansville received a two-year grant worth $17,500 to develop a Keystone Club program, which included community service for all participants.

Children's Museum of Evansville
2012 Grant: $10,000
Total Award Amount: $20,000
Year 2 of 2
The Children’s Museum of Evansville, which the Alcoa Foundation helped start with an earlier investment, received funding for its Ready, Set, Recycle Program. This grant included environmental education programming and a recycled art show by students.

Evansville Zoological Society
2012 Grant: $18,500
Total Award Amount: $37,000
Year 2 of 2
The Evansville Zoological Society received a two-year grant to create the “Alcoa Institute for Sustainable Living Education.” Students who participate in this program will get lessons on simple and practical things they can do to reduce their ecological footprint, such as recycling aluminum and saving water.

Friends of Angel Mounds
2012 Grant: $15,000
Total Award Amount
Year 2 of 2
The Alcoa Foundation is investing $30,000 over two years to provide necessary resources for students to study archeology at this site near Alcoa Warrick Operations. For years, students have conducted research at the facility, but were limited on what they could do because there was not an on-site laboratory. The Alcoa Foundation will assist in recreating WPA-era buildings, providing these additional on-site educational resources for research and instruction.


Girl Scouts of Southwest Indiana
2012 Grant: $15,000
Total Award Amount: $53,500
Year 3 or 3
Girl Scouts of SW Indiana received funding for its Forever Green program. The overall goal is to engage, educate and empower girls to take the lead in developing and implementing sustainable initiatives to decrease the environmental footprints of their communities.

Habitat of Warrick County
2012 Grant: $15,000
Total Award Amount: $30,000
Year 1 of 2
Habitat for Humanity of Warrick County is receiving a two-year grant worth $30,000 to recycle more used building materials, keeping these items out of landfills and enhancing the services that Habitat provides. The project will increase the donations to Habitat’s ReStore, keeping hundreds of tons of material out of the landfills and increasing sales at the ReStore.

Indiana Urban Forest Council
2012 Grant: $20,000
One-year grant
The Indiana Urban Forest Council will receive a one-year, $20,000 grant to plant more trees in Southwestern Indiana. Communities in Warrick, Vanderburgh, Posey, Spencer, Gibson and Dubois may apply for funding to plant trees on public-owned property. The native trees will fulfill a specific environmental function, identified by research from the Indiana Department of Natural Resources -- Division of Forestry.

Ivy Tech Community College
Academic Skills Advancement:
2012 Grant: 9,000
Total Award Amount: $27,000
Year 4 of 4
The Academic Skills Advancement Scholarship Program is worth $27,000 over four years. It provides $9,000 each year to help defer costs for students who first need to take some remedial courses to begin their college careers.

Ivy Tech Community College
Novice-Level Robotics
2012 Grant: $14,000
Total Award Amount: $42,000
Year 2 of 3
This grant has created a novice-level robotics education and competition program for area students, increasing interest in STEM-based education

Junior Achievement of Southwestern Indiana
2012 Grant: $10,000
Total Award Amount: $20,000
Year 1 of 2
This investment will help Junior Achievement further expand its curriculum, reaching 80 classes with its 5th grade curriculum, which teaches business globalization and STEM skills.

Keep Evansville Beautiful
2012 Grant: $15,000
One-year grant
Keep Evansville Beautiful is receiving $15,000 in a one-year grant to develop and install a sustainable landscape plan at the exit of the Evansville Regional Airport on Highway 57. The Gateway Project will include native trees, shrubs and flowers at a high-profile urban area.  This project is one component in a multi-phase plan by KEB to beautify major transportation corridors, enhancing the experience for tourists, business travelers, and commuters.

Owensboro Community College
2012 Grant: $8,500
Total Award Amount: $17,000
Year 1 of 2
The Owensboro Community and Technical College will be receiving a new grant worth $17,000 to help support its successful robotics education program, which involves area high school students from Southern Indiana and Western Kentucky. Students will gain a better understanding of the importance of STEM to the area’s future workforce needs.

Rotary Foundation of Evansville
2012 Grant: $20,000
Total Award Amount: $30,000
Year 1 of 2

Located near the Vanderburgh / Warrick County line, this investment will create the area’s first “blue trail,” with a canoe/kayak launch on the Warrick/Vanderburgh County line on North Green River Road. It will allow residents to launch into Pigeon Creek at North Green River Road and exit downstream at the launch located off of Heidelbach Avenue and along the Pigeon Creek Greenway. The grant is being made to the Rotary Foundation of Evansville, which will also provide funding to assist with environmental education for various youth-serving organizations in the area.

University of Evansville
2012 Amount: $15,000
Total Award Amount: $30,000
Year 1 of 2
The university is receiving $15,000 this year for a two-year grant worth $30,000 to provide scholarships to female minority students in Warrick and Vanderburgh Counties who attend the university’s OPTIONS program. The OPTIONS program focuses specifically on science and engineering and has a proven track record of success

USI Foundation
Project Lead the Way Scholarship
2012 Grant: $8,500
Total Award Amount: $34,000
Year 3 or 4
The Alcoa Project Lead the Way Scholarship works closely with public schools that have instituted Project Lead the Way, which focuses on preparing students for careers in Science, Engineering, Technology and Math. High school students who have completed three of five courses as part of this STEM curriculum will be eligible to apply for this scholarship to study engineering at USI. This partnership is increasing the number of students enrolled in engineering, and the number of workforce-ready candidates for employers such as Alcoa.

USI Foundation
Alcoa Advanced Manufacturing Camp
2012 Grant: $25,000
Total Award Amount: $50,000
Year 1 of 2
This investment supports the University of Southern Indiana’s outreach and instruction in Advanced Manufacturing. This will be complemented through an Advanced Manufacturing Camp, which will engage students entering their senior year of high school in a two-week long hands-on learning program, including time at USI’s new Advanced Manufacturing Center. Participants will represent a diverse group of students from across Southwestern Indiana.

Warrick School Corp.
Service Learning Initiative
2012 Grant $10,000
Total Award Amount: $30,000
Year 2 of 2
The grant program helped create service-learning projects for Warrick County students.

Warrick School Corp.
Project Lead the Way
2012 Amount: $15,500
Total Award Amount: $31,000
Year 1 of 2
This investment will introduce the Project Lead the Way (PTLW) Curriculum at Castle South Middle School. This program is focused on STEM, and the school intends to increase the number of students who take higher-level math courses and pursue engineering and related fields. This program will be piloted at Castle South Middle School and then evaluated for implementation at other schools.

Wesselman Nature Society
2012 Grant: $22,000
Total Award Amount: $88,000
Year 3 or 4
Dedicated in October, the Alcoa Raptor Wing at Wesselman Woods is providing high-quality environmental education to thousands of area students and also providing a safe, top-notch sanctuary for these impressive birds. All suffered injuries that would have otherwise caused them to be euthanized.

Youth First
2012 Grant: $15,000
Total Award Amount: $30,000
Year 2 of 2
Youth First received $30,000 over two years to assist students in the Warrick County schools. Youth First provides social workers to the school system, use their profession's best practices and evidence-based programs to ensure student success.

Youth Resources
2012 Grant: $10,000
Total Award Amount: $20,000
Year 1 of 2
Youth Resources is successfully using Alcoa Foundation funding to empower young people in grades K-12, performing community projects that enhance their general education skills. The Make a Difference Grant program, which is supervised by adult mentors, has demonstrated results in increasing leadership skills.



VIDEO: Non-profit organizations discuss the partnership they have with Alcoa Warrick Operations and the Alcoa Foundation.



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Non-profit organizations gather at Mesker Park Zoo & Botanic Garden for the announcement regarding 2012 Alcoa Foundation grants from Warrick Operations.




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Organizations receiving 2012 Alcoa Foundation grants from Warrick Operations:


  • Ark Crisis Nursery
  • Boys and Girls Club of Evansville
  • Children's Museum of Evansville
  • Evansville Zoological Society
  • Friends of Angel Mounds
  • Girl Scouts of Southwest Indiana
  • Habitat of Warrick County
  • Indiana Urban Forest Council
  • Ivy Tech Community College
  • Junior Achievement of Southwestern Indiana
  • Keep Evansville Beautiful
  • Owensboro Community College
  • Rotary Foundation of Evansville
  • University of Evansville
  • USI Foundation
  • Warrick School Corp.
  • Wesselman Nature Society
  • Youth First
  • Youth Resources