NEW YORK, Nov 11, 2011 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- This Veterans Day, Alcoa Foundation is reaffirming its commitment to veterans. In 2011, Alcoa Foundation donated more than $375,000 in grants to organizations that provide veterans and their families with a variety of services such as career coaching and mentoring, room and board for hospital stays, meals and shelter, counseling for surviving family members and sports competitions.
"We're proud to support our veterans who have made enormous sacrifices to preserve the freedoms that we enjoy every day," said Paula Davis, President, Alcoa Foundation. "With outstanding character and strength, our nation's veterans deserve our gratitude and investment. To that end, Alcoa is partnering with organizations that help enable these talented men and women to contribute and thrive in all areas of society. With terrific nonprofit partners and strong employee engagement at all levels, we are confident we will -- together -- make a difference for our veterans."
In addition to Foundation grants, Alcoa employees also volunteer with veterans organizations. For example, they provide career advice through a mentorship program, visit patients, provide gifts such as handmade holiday cards and prepare care packages to boost the spirits of soldiers who are serving. When Alcoa Foundation partnered with Paralyzed Veterans of America and the Department of Veterans Affairs as a sponsor of the 31st Annual National Wheelchair Games in Alcoa's hometown of Pittsburgh, nearly 200 employees, friends and family volunteered during the games to cheer on the athletes and provide support.
Below is a list of the nonprofit organizations focused on veterans that received funding from Alcoa Foundation in 2011.
American Corporate Partners, New York, NY American Corporate Partners (ACP) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping veterans transition from the armed services to the civilian workforce. Alcoa is helping to launch ACP AdvisorNet, the only online business related "Quick Question Community" for veterans to provide advice related to career development, employment, and small business directly from business professionals. In addition Alcoa employees mentor 110 ACP veterans.
Greater Cleveland Fisher House, Fairview Park, OH Veterans being treated at the Cleveland, Clinic, U.H., Metro or any specialty hospital in Cleveland can stay for free as a result of funding from Alcoa Foundation.
Fisher House Foundation, Inc., Rockville, MD Fisher Houses provide a "home away from home" for military and veteran families to be close to a loved one during hospitalization. Alcoa's grant will support the first Fisher House in Pennsylvania, which will provide lodging for a large healthcare system that serves veterans throughout Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia.
Hampton Ecumenical Lodgings and Provisions Inc. (H.E.L.P., Inc), Hampton, VA Alcoa funds will assist with programs such as food, clothing, shelter, mats, blankets, medical and dental care and transportation. The program service area includes Hampton, Newport News, Poquoson, York and Williamsburg.
Paralyzed Veterans of America, Washington D.C. Alcoa Foundation sponsored the 31st Annual National Wheelchair Games. Alcoa hosted 31 veterans of Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom or Operation New Dawn, who were injured during the Iraq or Afghanistan conflicts. The grant also made it possible for athletes from the District of Columbia, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Ohio and Texas, to attend the Games with a spouse or companion.
Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors, Washington, D.C. Alcoa Foundation supports the Community Resource Reports that connect all military surviving families with grief and trauma support services in their local community and aid service packages tailored to meet their specific needs.
Veterans Place of Washington Boulevard, Pittsburgh, PA Alcoa Foundation's grant provides support to homeless military veterans in the Pittsburgh area which includes food, clothing, case management and referral for inpatient treatment of substance abuse and/or mental health issues.
About Alcoa Foundation Alcoa Foundation is one of the largest corporate foundations in the U.S., with assets of approximately US$436 million. Founded more than 50 years ago, Alcoa Foundation has invested more than US$530 million since 1952. In 2010, Alcoa Foundation contributed nearly US$20 million to nonprofit organizations throughout the world, focusing on promoting environmental stewardship, enabling economic and social sustainability, and preparing tomorrow's leaders through education and learning. The work of Alcoa Foundation is further enhanced by Alcoa's thousands of employee volunteers, who in 2010 gave more than 720,000 service hours. Through the company's signature Month of Service (October) program, Alcoa employees share their energy, passion and purpose to make a difference in our communities. In 2010, a record 49 percent of Alcoans took part in nearly 1,000 Month of Service events across 24 countries, reaching 59,000 children, serving 17,000 meals, planting 16,000 trees and supporting 3,000 nonprofit organizations. For more information about Alcoa Foundation, please access www.alcoa.com/foundation.
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