Mining a seam of volunteerism
05 December 2008
by Libby Archell, Alcoa

Pittsburgh, USA: On International Volunteer Day, Alcoa CEO and President Klaus Kleinfeld congratulated the record number of 22,000 Alcoa employees who came together in almost 700 separate service events as part of the company’s Worldwide Month of Service, to support communities around all Alcoa locations, making a positive difference in the lives of 50,000 others.

Each year, this month-long programme mobilizes Alcoa’s global workforce to make a positive difference in the communities where they live and work – this year partnering over 1,700 not-for-profit community organizations across 26 countries, in projects as diverse as serving meals, to planting trees, to repairing community infrastructure, to improving child literacy.

Their efforts resulted in measurable improvement to our world – with over 20,000 trees planted, more than 7,300 meals served, 160 natural areas restored, and 270 community facilities and shelters repaired.  Alcoa employees also worked to drive sustainable change in areas such as environmental conservation, carbon reduction and injury prevention – running community workshops to raise awareness of critical issues.

“I’m inspired to see that during these times of increased economic uncertainty, our employees, their families and friends, have responded with energy, passion and dedication to the immediate needs of our communities and have acted to make a difference,” said Kleinfeld.

“I believe what we can achieve together through this energy and dedication inspires others– both within the company and beyond it – to make a powerful and lasting difference.

“Alcoa has a proud culture of volunteering and we chose International Volunteer Day to announce these achievements as further recognition of the way our people bring positive change to their communities around the globe.”

Alcoa employees actively volunteer in their communities year-round and in 2007 gave 634,000 hours of voluntary service, the equivalent of 362 people working full time. Alcoa proudly supports their personal dedication with matching grants, last year giving $3.8 million to the thousands of organizations they support.

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