'Month of Service' kicks off with 'Back the Pack' in Massena
Monday, October 8, 2012 - 5:15 pm

Alcoa employee Shawn Scott helps “Back the Pack” Friday afternoon in Massena, as Alcoa volunteers kicked off their annual month of service by helping pack snack bags for needy local children. Fifteen Alcoa volunteers helped Back the Pack organizers and volunteers get snacks ready for 251 children who received snacks weekly.

MASSENA -- Alcoa kicked off its annual Month of Service Friday with employee volunteers helping “Back the Pack” by packing snack bags for needy children in four elementary schools.

During Alcoa’s Worldwide Month of Service, dozens of Massena Alcoa employees will volunteer for nine different events that will benefit 11 organizations.

During Friday’s event, 15 Alcoa employees, under the direction of Julie Paquin and Kathy Amoyotte, packed weekend snack bags for 251 elementary school children.Packing takes place almost every week and is done entirely by volunteers. Snack bags are delivered to children at Jefferson, Madison and Nightengale elementary schools in Massena, as well as Trinity Catholic School. The participating children are identified by school counselors.

In addition to “Backing the Pack,” other Month of Service activities planned include volunteering at the Ellen Richards Memorial Cancer Awareness Four-Mile Run/Walk at Norwood Beach Oct. 6, which will benefit the Canton-Potsdam Hospital’s Cancer Navigation program; organizing and hosting a 5K run/walk Oct. 13 at Robert Moses State Park’s Barnhart Beach Pavilion to benefit four local food pantries; volunteering at the Robert Moses State Park Nature Center’s Fall Clean-Up Day Oct. 20; providing snowmobile trail maintenance in the Brasher area on Oct. 20; hosting an employee blood drive and bone marrow donor registry Oct. 29; and hosting an employee baked sale to benefit local food pantries.

Last year, 250 employees volunteered time to benefit local not-for-profit organizations.