From: Lancaster New Era, Pa.
Published January 27, 2005 12:00 AM

Alcoa Grants Help Conservation, Life-Skills Programs, Dental Clinic

Jan. 25—Alcoa Inc.'s Lancaster facility and the Alcoa Foundation recently announced more than $107,000 in grants and contributions to local nonprofit organizations.

One grant assisted an Octoraro Watershed Association pilot program to spread the message of water conservation to Amish children.

A pamphlet explaining the benefits of water conservation was distributed. The association plans to visit each Amish school in the area to present the information and provide trees to plant.

Another grant supported the Learning for Life program of the Pennsylvania Dutch Council of the Boy Scouts of America. The program teaches positive character traits, career development, leadership and life skills.

SouthEast Lancaster Health Services received funds for its emergency dental walk-in clinic and its pediatric care program. SELHS helps the medically underserved in Lancaster City.

Alcoa's announcement did not specify the amounts of each contribution.

Alcoans Coming Together in Our Neighborhoods, known as Action, contributed to the Spanish American Civic Association, Fulton Opera House, American Chestnut Foundation and Council on Drug and Alcohol Abuse. Action involves Alcoa employees in community service, and the employees provided 150 hours of volunteer work in 2004 and $3,000 in funds.

Additional Alcoa-related contributions helped the Southern Manheim Township Fire Company purchase equipment and provided Lancaster City with 20 trees, which Alcoa employees planted on the McCaskey High School campus.

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