Submitted by: Alcoa Intalco Works
At Alcoa Intalco Works, we pride ourselves in having a strong community of veterans both within our plant and in the communities we serve. Veterans make up about 10 percent of our 700+ employee base at Intalco, and we are grateful for their service.
This year, Alcoans focused on giving back and supporting our veterans in a number of ways:
September: Growing Veterans
On September 27 a group of eight Alcoa volunteers helped Growing Veterans, remove hop vines at their farm in Lynden ahead of their annual Seeds of Hope Dinner and Action. Farm manager and Army veteran Joel Swenson gave the group an overview of their mission and organization, which seeks to end the isolation that leads to veteran suicide. Their farming and peer support programs in Lynden empowers veterans to cultivate purpose and belonging by growing food, community and each other.
Alcoa is also sponsoring Growing Veterans Seeds of Hope Annual Gala on November 16, 2019.
August: Wounded Warrior Golf Tournament, NW WA Fair’s Military Appreciation Day, & Intalco Veterans Council
On August 16, members of Intalco’s lead team participated in the Wounded Warrior Golf Tournament at the Semiahmoo Golf & Country Club in Blaine. The tournament was organized to benefit veterans and service members who incurred a physical or mental injury, illness, or wound while serving in the military on or after 9/11.
This summer, Alcoa Intalco Works sponsored the NW WA Fair on Military Appreciation Day to support our local veterans’ community and encourage them to consider Alcoa for the next chapter in their careers. All active and retired service members and their families received free admission to the Fair on August 14 as a “thank you” for their service. Throughout the day, 12 Intalco volunteers staffed the Alcoa booth to greet over 10,000 attendees and share about the work we do at Intalco.
Intalco’s Veterans Council held a lunch meeting on August 6 to hear from Jerry Pits, Outreach Specialist at the Bellingham Vet Center. Jerry shared important updates to VA benefits and services and was able to speak one-on-one with Intalco’s veteran employees. The Intalco Veterans Council is a great way to connect with other Intalco veterans and build a better, more supportive community.