Alcoa volunteers make a difference for youth at risk

Alcoa volunteers make a difference for youth at risk

A safe-haven for at-risk youth in the Peel region has been given a winter maintenance check and general upkeep by a group of employee volunteers from Alcoa’s Pinjarra Alumina Refinery.

“This is a place where our young people need to feel safe, happy and comfortable in their surroundings, so the volunteering efforts to maintain the farm grounds and facilities really help,” Homestead For Youth co-founder Carla Fadelli said.

Homestead For Youth, a local not-for-profit support service, recently hosted the volunteers as part of the Company’s Alcoans Coming Together in Our Neighbourhoods (ACTION) Program.

By providing young people with a safe refuge and a home, Mrs Fadelli saw the difference in how relaxed and open young clients were with her therapy.

Alcoa’s ACTION Program encourages employees to volunteer in their local communities by donating $3000 to chosen charities in recognition of those volunteering efforts.

The program is this year set to inject more than 2000 volunteer hours and $200,000 into communities close to where Alcoa operates.

More than 80 Alcoa employees from the Pinjarra Alumina Refinery have agreed to take part this year. The volunteering activities range from busy bees at local charities, schools and sporting clubs through to assisting with community events and fundraising for not-for-profit services.

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