Alcoa Canada launches the 7th Alcoa Worldwide Month of Service by holding five
volunteer activities on the same weekend
MONTREAL, Oct. 1, 2012 /CNW Telbec/ - On the September 29-30 weekend, Alcoa
Canada employees participated in volunteer activities benefitting
organizations in their communities. In total, more than 125 people—including
employees, their families, and Alcoa community partners—donated more than
500 hours of their time to five organizations. Alcoa also took advantage of
the occasion to make $15,000 in donations, with $3,000 going to each
organization, and to announce an additional two surprise $5,000 donations,
including one going to the Montreal organization. The event marked the launch
of the 7(th) Alcoa Worldwide Month of Service.
In Montreal, a group of about 50 people volunteered their time at the Canadian
Aviation Heritage Centre. Centre president John Lawson said, "The Alcoa team
helped us carry out a number of tasks in a safe and environmentally friendly
manner. Throughout the day, the people from the Montreal headquarters and the
Howmet (Laval) and Kawneer (Pointe-Claire) divisions demonstrated their
commitment to making a difference." Mr. Lawson noted that the money received
would go toward ongoing restoration projects that will benefit all visitors to
The event was the 27(th) in a series of 46 ACTION* programs taking place in
2012. Alcoa Canada president Martin Brière, who participated in the events
with his family, said, "Participating in three of the five activities held
during the weekend gave me an opportunity to see just how involved our people
are in their communities, with commitments that extend far beyond the scope of
their work. They generously share their time, care about safety and the
environment, and want to make a difference for future generations."
The success of the first event is promising since, for the third consecutive
year, Alcoa will have more activities scheduled in October than there are days
in the month. More than fifty percent of the employees at the nine Alcoa
Canada facilities will make tangible contributions in their communities
through volunteer days, a fundraising campaign for the United Way, item drives
for people in need, blood drives, etc. Furthermore, Alcoa Foundation is again
holding its worldwide photography contest, which gives employees a chance to
win one of five $5,000 prizes for the charitable organization of their choice.
In 2010, two of those prizes were awarded in Quebec—one in Baie-Comeau and
the other in Portneuf.
About Alcoa in Canada
In Quebec, Alcoa Canada Global Primary Products (GPP Canada) comprises the
Baie-Comeau, Deschambault, and Bécancour smelters, as well as the Bécancour
Rod Plant. These four plants have an annual production capacity of over one
million metric tons of ingots, castings, billets, and aluminum rods. Alcoa has
pproximately 3,200 employees in Quebec, and its activities generate more than
$1.3 billion in economic spin-offs annually in the province. Further
information is available at www.alcoa.com/canada.
About Alcoa Foundation in Canada
Alcoa Foundation is one of the largest corporate foundations in the U.S., with
assets of approximately US$446 million. Alcoa Foundation has invested more
than US$550 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 2011, the foundation
supported 35 projects led by organizations based in the communities where
Alcoa facilities are located, including five major tree-planting initiatives.
The work of the Foundation is enhanced by the involvement of Alcoa Canada
employees, who have volunteered more than 210,000 hours of their time over the
past five years and donated more than $1 million to 200 organizations through
Alcoa Foundation's volunteer support program. For more information, go to
www.alcoa.com/canada and click on "Community."
*The ACTION—Alcoans Coming Together In Our Neighborhoods—program
recognizes the work of employees who pool their efforts to carry out hands-on
community projects. Non-profit organizations benefit not only from the
volunteer work of Alcoa employees but also from a $3,000 contribution from
Lysane Martel Manager, Communications and Public Affairs, Alcoa Canada
Director, Alcoa Foundation in Canada 514-906-2537
SOURCE: ALCOA Ltd.
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