December 6, 2011

The Alcoa Canada team at the heart of the success of the 6th Worldwide Month of Service

  • In Canada, 58% of employees offered a helping hand in their neighbourhoods.
  • Thirteen volunteer ACTION* projects were accomplished in only five weekends, including six in the same weekend, with more than 140 mobilised volunteers.
  • Six installations participated in the annual fund-raising campaign benefitting United Way.

With the involvement of 58% of Alcoa Canada employees in 2011, we have broken our 6th consecutive record for participation in the Worldwide Month of Service (MOS), a happening in October of each year. For the second October in a row, the Alcoa Canada team accomplished more activities than there are days in the month. Here are a few examples of the concrete and sustainable efforts that were made by more than 2200 of our colleagues:
Alcoa Canada announces important partnerships
Alcoa Canada Global Primary Products (GPP Canada) became the main partner of the Maison du développement durable (Centre for Sustainable Development) with an investment of $3 million over five years. A portion of this contribution, coming from Alcoa Foundation, will be used to create an information centre on sustainability open to the public. Also, during the ACTION project of cleaning up the shoreline of the Lachine Canal, which took place on October 2, more than 50 volunteers from Alcoa in Montreal collected close to 25 yard bags full of garbage. This day was also a prime opportunity to make a surprise donation of $10,000, from Alcoa Foundation, to the Pro-Vert Sud-Ouest organization for the planting of trees next spring as a part of the project Le Canal Lachine prend son envol.
At the Bécancour Smelter (ABI)
On October 1st, ABI announced a partnership worth $15,000 over three years with the Centre de la Biodiversité (Biodiversity Centre) to celebrate the collective work accomplished over nearly 15 years and to allow the community to take advantage of the positive impact of the Centre. On the same day, dozens of employees from ABI lent a helping hand to the Biodiversity centre by picking 68 cases of apples. As all luck comes in threes, Alcoa Foundation also announced an exceptional donation of $25,000 to the Centre in honour of the 25th anniversary of ABI. All in all, close to 50 ABI employees achieved a record of four volunteer ACTION events during the MOS.
At the Deschambault Smelter
On October 1st, a team of volunteers contributed to the landscaping of the shores of the Sainte-Anne River in Saint-Casimir with a clean-up and tree-planting activity. On October 5, a few Deschambault employees were united with CAPSA and 80 young students from the Saint-Marc High School to plant 1,500 bushes during a day of environmental education. Alcoa Foundation made a donation of $25,000 to CAPSA for a tree-planting project committing 6,500 trees, 2,000 bushes and 100 seedlings to the shores along the La Chevrotière River. Lastly, on October 25, 114 employees gave the gift of life during the Héma-Québec blood clinic, which is held annually at the plant. That same day the Deschambault team assembled 75 of its community partners and Alcoa volunteers to announce seven important Alcoa Foundation grants in the community of Portneuf. It was a perfect moment to highlight the 11,000 volunteer hours achieved by over 462 regional volunteers in 2011.
At the Baie-Comeau Smelter
Three ACTION programs provided as many organizations with contributions to the renovation of their installations. The Bravo!** campaign ran full force throughout the entire month to finally shatter its record for participation. More than 240 employees devoted 23,000 volunteer hours in the region this year. A Canada-wide draw awarded a Baie-Comeau Smelter employee with a $1,000 grant for the Knights of Columbus 3094, where he has volunteered for three years.
Elsewhere in Canada
Each year, our colleagues from various Alcoa Canada affiliates get together during the Month of Service in Ontario and Alberta. This year, they served 157 meals, and collected and distributed 157 pieces of winter clothing and accessories to people in need.
In more than 24 countries of the world
On a worldwide scale, more 31,000 Alcoa people enthusiastically devoted themselves to serving their communities with the accomplishment of 1202 activities.  Each Alcoa plant in Canada is at the very heart of this global success!
About the Alcoa Foundation - Canada
Alcoa Foundation is one of the largest corporate foundations in the U.S., with assets of approximately US$436 million. Founded over 50 years ago, Alcoa Foundation has invested more than US$530 million since 1952. In addition to responding to local needs identified by Alcoa communities, Alcoa Foundation seeks to find solutions to broader sustainability issues, like climate change. In 2010, Alcoa Foundation awarded more than US$825,000 in grants to non-profit organizations in communities where Alcoa Canada facilities are located. The work of the Foundation is enhanced through the involvement of Alcoa Canada employees who have dedicated more than 200 000 hours of their time to 200 organizations over the past five years. All four Alcoa Canada Primary products plants have been awarded the ICI ON RECYCLE! certification from Recyc-Québec. For more information, visit, under Community.
Additional information
** The ACTION program – which stands for Alcoans Coming Together In Our Neighborhoods – recognizes the work of employees who join efforts to accomplish projects directly in the community. Non-profit organizations not only benefit from the work of the volunteers, they also receive a financial contribution of $3,000 from Alcoa.
** The BRAVO ! program highlights the work of Alcoa employees who dedicate at least 50 hours per year to a non-profit organization by granting $250 to the organization the employee volunteers for.