More than 600 employees from Alcoa Davenport Works participated in volunteer projects and events connected to Alcoa Foundation Month of Service in October.

The local participation was part of Alcoa Inc.’s record 34,000 employees, or 60 percent of its workforce, who made a difference during the company-wide Month of Service.

“This year we had 630 employees volunteer hundreds of hours on more than a dozen different projects during October,” said Rob Woodall, Alcoa Davenport Works’ manufacturing director. “I am very proud of the positive impact our Alcoa employees made here in the Quad-City area during Month of Service.”

Many of the Quad-City projects qualified for Alcoa Foundation Action Grants ranging from $1,500 to $3,000. Those grants recognize the “sweat equity” employees invest in the project and the funds help pay for materials needed for the project.

“Our volunteer efforts this year generated $35,000 for local charities our employees care about here in the Quad Cities,” Woodall added. “This year, 29 percent of our employees participated in Alcoa Foundation month of service-related projects.”

This year’s Month of Service projects in the Quad-Cities included household hazardous waste day, Iowa Healthy State walk day, Casa Learning Center, Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center blood drive, Positive Parenting, Humility of Mary, Trees R Us, Family Resources, River Bend Foodbank, Habitat for Humanity, Rick’s House of Hope, United Way of the Quad-Cities Area and Winnie’s Place.

Across Alcoa, company employees, retirees, friends and families participated in more than 1,050 projects in 24 countries in October. They served more than 13,000 meals, helped 36,000 children, supported 400 schools, recycled 265,455 aluminum cans and partnered with 2,050 nonprofits.

To further the global aluminum maker’s impact, 10 nonprofit organizations that employees volunteered with in Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Hungary, Russia, the United Kingdom and United States received surprise grants of $10,000 each from Alcoa Foundation, for a total of $100,000.