Seven local charities are the beneficiaries of Alcoa Inc. employees’ good ideas. During a recent luncheon to recognize innovative and “above and beyond” projects of Tennessee Operations’ employees, a total of $7,000 or $1,000 each , was presented to representatives from:
• American Red Cross, Blount County - disaster relief fund
• Angelic Ministries - food and clothing for the needy
• Blount County Humane Society - animal shelter/foster program
• Lost Sheep Ministry - food and clothing for the homeless
• The Love Kitchen - food for the homeless and homebound
• Muscular Dystrophy Association - Research
• RIO Revolution - Helping Hands ministry
“We appreciate Alcoa, and all they do in our community,” said Chris Davis, Executive Director of the American Red Cross, Blount County Chapter. “We are able to do what we do with the help from companies like Alcoa stepping up and lending a hand, especially during times of disasters like the floods in Nashville.”
The donations were made possible through Tennessee Operations’ suggestion system. Employees are encouraged to make suggestions on how to improve certain areas of business operation within the plant. With every suggestion, Alcoa contributes $5 to the “community chest.”
“By making suggestions for improvements, our employees are not only helping to improve our reliability and the long term viability of this facility, they are making a difference in our community,” said Chris Jackson, Alcoa Tennessee Operations Location Manager.
Local organizations were nominated and selected for funding by Alcoa employees.