May 07, 2020

Taking ACTION to help local communities


The coronavirus pandemic has strengthened Alcoa Australia's resolve to support local community groups and charities — with $156,000 already shared between 52 organisations under the Alcoans Coming Together In Our Neighbourhoods (ACTION) program this year.

Alcoa’s ACTION program usually involves grants of $3,000 being paid to nominated community groups and charities in recognition of the volunteering efforts of groups of employees from its bauxite, alumina and aluminium operations in Western Australia and south-western Victoria.

While group employee volunteering cannot proceed this year due to the social distancing requirements relating to COVID-19, Alcoa has opted to still issue the grants. 

Alcoa Australia Corporate Affairs Director Jodie Read said the grants were being made in recognition of employees’ planned volunteering efforts as well as the contribution the many organisations in question made to local communities close to where the company operates.  

“While it is disappointing employees cannot get out and volunteer with the organisations that are important to them in their local communities, we are pleased to still be able to assist financially,” Ms Read said.  

“Employee volunteering and supporting grassroots organisations is part of our culture at Alcoa. And we recognise that now, more than ever, it is important to help out where we can.” 

Organisations supported through Alcoa’s 2020 ACTION Grant Program range from sporting and service clubs, through to schools and emergency services. 

Media contact:
Jane McGuire, Senior Communications Advisor,, 0410 694 676

Mika Sangalli, Senior Communications Adviser,, 0410 774 424