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"You've Got... Help" AOL Celebrates Company's 25th Anniversary with "Monster Help" Day

May 20, 2010

2,500 AOL Volunteers Perform 20,000 Community Hours in Global Service Initiative

New York, NY - May 20, 2010 - AOL is kicking off its 25th anniversary celebration with a global volunteer effort personifying the company's mission of being genuinely helpful. The employee-inspired concept, called "Monster Help," in reference to one of AOL's popular new logo treatments and the expansive scope of the unprecedented global effort in which AOL employees will donate thousands of hours to causes they've selected in areas where they live and work. The "monster" day of service on Thursday, May 20, will include more than 40 projects in 18 communities worldwide, empowering employees with rewarding opportunities to mark the company's 25th anniversary and underscoring AOL's longstanding commitment to being a useful and meaningful part of peoples' lives.

"AOL got its start 25 years ago and became a household name by helping people get online and connect with communities. Today, helping people is the center point of our brand, and we believe that investing in our local communities with our time, energy and resources is important," said AOL Chairman and CEO Tim Armstrong. "The AOL team created the idea of Monster Help Day with the goal of celebrating AOL's birthday by helping their own neighborhoods and communities. It speaks volumes about the people who work at AOL and the degree to which they embody our mission and how they see things through. It's just the right sentiment we want to bring to the next 25 years."

AOL was founded on May 24, 1985 and now reaches a U.S. audience of more than 100 million unique visitors per month and more than 250 million unique visitors globally, according to comScore Unified March 2010 data. Working side by side with their colleagues – from Bangalore to Boston – AOL employees will team up with local community groups and local government organizations to plant trees, serve meals, visit the elderly, support disaster relief, mentor students and much more.

"At AOL, we believe everything we do should be about serving people, from the content we create to the products we provide to helping neighbors in this community," explained long-time AOLer Holly Hawkins, who is donating her time to Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children (CASA) as part of the Monster Help Day. "AOL has an amazing history, and it's great to do something for the community that has always welcomed AOL. The Monster Help idea originated from employees within the organization and the entire company is rallying behind it," added Hawkins, who serves as Director, Consumer Policy and Child Safety, AOL.

"As is often the case with nonprofit organizations, our mission is huge and our resources don't always keep up with the work that needs to be done," said American Horticultural Society Executive Director Tom Underwood. "We are so very appreciative of our AOL volunteers – they are critical to our success, helping us leverage our resources and doing much more than would otherwise be possible."

"Northern Virginia Family Service is proud to have the support of AOL for their day of service. Each year, we rely on thousands of volunteer hours to help address the critical needs of vulnerable children and families in our community. Our work and the lives of our clients are enriched by each individual and company that contributes their time to our cause," said Mary Agee, President and CEO of NVFS, one of many organizations benefiting from AOL anniversary initiatives.

Monster Help community activities on May 20 include:

About AOL
AOL Inc. (NYSE: AOL) is a leading global Web services company with an extensive suite of brands and offerings and a substantial worldwide audience. AOL's business spans online content, products and services that the company offers to consumers, publishers and advertisers. AOL is focused on attracting and engaging consumers and providing valuable online advertising services on both AOL's owned and operated properties and third-party websites. In addition, AOL operates one of the largest Internet subscription access services in the United States, which serves as a valuable distribution channel for AOL's consumer offerings.


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