December 13, 2011


Alcoa Announces Record Employee Volunteerism Rate

Tennessee Operations employees show volunteer spirit


Alcoa has announced a record 56 percent, or 31,000 employees, volunteered in their communities during the company’s annual Worldwide Month of Service held in October.  This is a 14 percent increase over last year and beats U.S. company- sponsored volunteer programs, which average between 17 and 31 percent, according to the Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship.


This year, Alcoa employees at Tennessee Operations demonstrated the true “Spirit of Volunteering.” With more than 400 employee volunteers sharing their time, talents and energy to help strengthen our society, Alcoa Tennessee Operations, including our Knoxville office employees:


  • Helped with 25 different events
  • Supported 21 different non-profit organizations
  • Earned $24,000 in grants for area non-profits through their volunteer efforts
  • Volunteered a total of 1,706 hours – that’s the equivalent of 42.6 people working a 40 hour work week


“We appreciate having Alcoa and the skills and expertise of their employees to complete the tasks that our other volunteers could not accomplish,” said Sue Kinser, volunteer coordinator at Mane Support, a non-profit organization in Maryville that provides equine-assisted therapy.


Events ranged from building a Habitat for Humanity home, to making a prayer garden a reality, to pumping gas for United Way, to increasing awareness of recycling at community events.


Alcoa employees from 24 countries participated in more than 1,200 projects to support local causes during the annual community service month. They partnered with more than 1,800 nonprofits and reached more than 890,000 community members with tangible impacts:


  • Planted more than 34,000 trees, improved more than 170 rivers and parks
  • Conducted more than 130 environmental workshops
  • Recycled more than 87,300 aluminum cans and distributed more than 4,400 recycling bins
  • Supported 360 schools by repairing infrastructure, improving literacy and advancing STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education


About Alcoa
Alcoa is the world’s leading producer of primary and fabricated aluminum, as well as the world’s largest miner of bauxite and refiner of 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 10 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
About Alcoa Foundation
Alcoa Foundation is one of the largest corporate foundations in the U.S., with assets of approximately US$436 million.  Founded more than 50 years ago, Alcoa Foundation has invested more than US$530 million since 1952. In 2010, Alcoa Foundation contributed nearly US$20 million to nonprofit organizations throughout the world, focusing on promoting environmental stewardship, enabling economic and social sustainability, and preparing tomorrow’s leaders through education and learning.  The work of Alcoa Foundation is further enhanced by Alcoa’s thousands of employee volunteers, who in 2010 gave more than 720,000 service hours. Through the company’s signature Month of Service (October) program, Alcoa employees share their energy, passion and purpose to make a difference in our communities. In 2010, a record 49 percent of Alcoans took part in nearly 1,000 Month of Service events across 24 countries, reaching 59,000 children, serving 17,000 meals, planting 16,000 trees and supporting 3,000 nonprofit organizations. For more information about Alcoa Foundation, please access