Tops in service

Alcoa, Inc., receives honors for community service, fund raising

Accepting the first place award at the Race for the Cure banquet are Alcoa, Inc., representatives, from left, Cindy Hill, Kelly Davis, Myra Hair, Janine McWilliams, Barbara Nicholson and Kate Mast.

Accepting the first place award at the Race for the Cure banquet are Alcoa, Inc., representatives, from left, Cindy Hill, Kelly Davis, Myra Hair, Janine McWilliams, Barbara Nicholson and Kate Mast.

As part of Alcoa, Inc.’s annual Worldwide Month of Service program, 177 local Alcoa employees and family members participated in the 2009 Race for the Cure, taking first place in the Extra Large Team Division and raising more than $17,000.

The award was presented to the Alcoa Team during a recent awards banquet. The Alcoa Team raised $17,910 with 177 Alcoa employees and family members registered on the Alcoa team.

The Oct. 24 Race for the Cure event was just one of local Alcoa employees’ 2009 Month of Service activities held this fall. Efforts to generate proceeds included the Race for the Cure BBQ and Fundraiser, T-shirt sales and the “Cook for the Cure” live auction. The barbecue, sponsored by the Tennessee Alcoa Women’s Network, raised more than $7,000. The live auction, hosted in Alcoa’s Knoxville office, raised nearly $2,000.

“We’re proud and honored to be presented with this recognition,” said Kevin Anton, vice president, Alcoa, Inc. “A lot of employees and their families put their hearts and souls in raising funds this year. Breast cancer is a disease that touches all of us in one way or another, and being able to give back and support such a worthy cause in this community where we live and work is a key value for us.”

Two of the Alcoa Team members were also recognized for raising more than $1,000 each. Cindy Hill, AWA Sales Coordinator, and Laura Walker, HR Services Specialist, were presented with a gift card and special Race for the Cure T-shirt during the awards ceremony.

Alcoa President and CEO Klaus Kleinfeld recently congratulated the record 23,000 Alcoa employees who took part in the company’s 2009 Worldwide Month of Service - volunteering in 800 community events to support those in need and invest in the sustainability of our planet.

Numerous services projects by the 360 (up 59 percent from 2008) local Alcoa employees helped benefit more than one dozen nonprofit organizations. Alcoa employees volunteered for 15 local events and activities from painting and cleaning on Alcoa Day at the Knoxville Zoo to recording business textbooks for Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic, a nonprofit effort to help students who cannot read print material effectively.

Through the collective hours of volunteer work by Alcoa employees, 1,579 service hours were contributed to the community - the equivalent of one person working 40 hours a week for 10 months.

The annual Worldwide Month of Service program brings together Alcoa’s global workforce to make a positive difference in the communities where they live and work - this year partnering with nearly 1,900 non profit community organizations across 23 countries.

Despite the challenging year, employee involvement in the company-wide initiative soared in 2009 - demonstrating a commitment to working in partnership to meet the challenges of the economic downturn and addressing priority community concerns such as climate change.

Month of Service is the centerpiece of year-round volunteer efforts by Alcoa employees, who last year gave 705,000 hours of voluntary service - the equivalent of more than 350 people working full-time.

Alcoa’s Tennessee Operations is the world’s largest producer of rolled aluminum can sheet for beverage cans. It has been in operation in Blount County, TN since 1913 and currently employs approximately 1,200 East Tennesseans in its Blount and Knox County locations.

Alcoa Foundation was established in 1952 as a global resource that actively invests in improving the quality of life in the countries around the world where Alcoa operates. The Foundation’s grants address global and local needs in Areas of Excellence that include: Conservation and Sustainability, Global Education and Workplace Skills, Business and Community Partnerships and Safe and Healthy Children and Families. Alcoa Foundation manages Alcoa’s ACTION and Bravo! programs which recognize the volunteer efforts of employees with grants to the organizations they serve. For more information about Alcoa Foundation, visit www.alcoa.com under Community.

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