11 November 2015

Portland Aluminium injects US$36,000 into the local community through ACTION grants

Portland Aluminium employee Mark Sherwood, Jason Stephens, Craig Cooter, Ron Jorgensen and Peter Schwarz help with paving at the Portland Re- Engagement Centre as part of the ACTION grants.

Fifteen groups and organisations were successful in receiving an ACTION grant from Portland Aluminium.
ACTION (Alcoans Coming Together in Their Neighbourhoods) is a program developed by the Alcoa Foundation to recognise the collective efforts of Alcoa employees in communities where they live and work.
ACTION recognises the team efforts of Alcoa employees who spend a minimum of 20 hours on community service project for a local non-profit organisation. In recognition, non-profit organisation receive either a US$1500 or US$3000 grant.
Portland Aluminium Plant Manager, Peter Chellis said that ACTION grants were an important part of Portland Aluminium’s commitment to building stronger communities.
“Encouraging and supporting our employees to volunteer is a key part of our commitment and it is great to see so many of them getting involved and recognising the needs within the community and putting their hand up to help out,” Mr Chellis said.
“It not only benefits the community but also benefits our employees who get the opportunity to learn more about their community and to contribute in a practical way.
“Portland Aluminium values the volunteer efforts of our employees and their families and is very glad to be able to assist these groups and organisations who are doing some really valuable work in our community.”
Portland Bay School - Garden Project
Portland Re-Engagement School - Paving and Maintenance
Kyeema Support Services - Kyeema Spring Sale
Bundarra Primary School - Outdoor Stage
Karingal Inc. - Mental Health Forum
Portland Surf Life Saving Club - Decking
Kyokushin Karate Club - Border Challenge Tournament
Narrawong Primary School - Play Equipment
Colts Cricket Club - Paving and maintenance
Portland Pistol Club - Roofing, Wheel Chair access and maintenance
Portland South Primary School - Pathway and paving
Portland Runners Club - Winter Solstice
Portland Primary School - Sensory Garden
Bolwarra Primary School - Bolwarra Fair
Portland YMCA – Cancer Carers Program
About Alcoa Foundation
 Alcoa Foundation is one of the largest corporate foundations in the US, with assets of approximately $470million. Founded 62 years ago, Alcoa Foundation has invested more than $590 million. Each year the Alcoa Foundation contributes more than $25 million to non-profit organizations throughout the world, building innovative partnerships to improve the environment and educate tomorrow's leaders for careers in manufacturing and engineering.
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About Alcoa
A global leader in lightweight metals technology, engineering and manufacturing, Alcoa innovates multi-material solutions that advance our world. Our technologies enhance transportation, from automotive and commercial transport to air and space travel, and improve industrial and consumer electronics products. We enable smart buildings, sustainable food and beverage packaging, high-performance defense vehicles across air, land and sea, deeper oil and gas drilling and more efficient power generation. We pioneered the aluminum industry over 125 years ago, and today, our approximately 59,000 people in 30 countries deliver value-add products made of titanium, nickel and aluminum, and produce best-in-class bauxite, alumina and primary aluminum products.
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