MASSENA -- Alcoa kicked off its annual Month of Service over the last few days with a breast cancer awareness walk, a work day at the Franklin County Fire Training Grounds, and a tree-planting project with the Massena Electric Department.
More than 40 employees have already participated in a variety of community service activities and many more will volunteer throughout the month.
Alcoa has designated October as the company’s Worldwide Month of Service, when special emphasis is placed on employees volunteering in Alcoa communities throughout the world.
Alcoa expects more than 50 percent of its employees worldwide will volunteer at more than 650 events.
On Sept. 24 a group of volunteers helped with a maintenance day at the Franklin County Fire Training Grounds and learned about the training that volunteer firefighters and first responders undergo, and on Sept. 27, Alcoans helped plant trees in Massena with the Massena Electric Department.
On Oct. 1, Alcoa employee and breast cancer survivor Pam Rowe organized the Ellen Richards Memorial Breast Cancer Awareness Run/Walk at Norwood Beach. Now in its fourth year, the event has raised over $12,000 to benefit cancer patient services at Canton-Potsdam Hospital.
On Oct. 8, employees will participate in and staff a 5K run to benefit the local food pantries. The event will be held at 9 a.m. at the Barnhart Beach Pavilion at Robert Moses State Park in Massena.
On Oct. 15, employees will help clean up the hiking trails at the Robert Moses Park Nature Center and prepare gardens and facilities for winter.
Employees will also lend a hand at Meals on Wheels, and they will have the opportunity to donate blood during blood drives at both Massena plants.