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Jul 22nd 2013

Monster Help Day 2013: A Video Montage

Thanks to everyone who participated in Monster Help Day 2013. We made a big impact in the local communities surrounding our offices around the globe. On May 16, we deployed nearly 3,000 AOLers who devoted more than 10,000 hours volunteering with 60+ nonprofit partners.

We're excited to share our video recap this year, which features photos and video taken by our very own AOLers! Watch the video to get an idea of the many projects we took part in on our day of service!

Did you miss the huge photo gallery? AOLers uploaded more than 1,650 pictures!

May 16th 2013

AOL Celebrates Our 28th Birthday With the Fourth Monster Help Day

Beverly Hills office, Operation Gratitude

Monster Help Day is back! Today, AOL is embarking on its fourth Monster Help Day whereby over 2,000 employees will be supporting 54 volunteer projects across 21 offices worldwide. Monster Help Day, which started in honor of AOL's 25th birthday, (we are now 28!) enables employees to step away from their busy working lives and give back to the communities around them.

Employees will engage in a variety of different service activities including Hurricane Sandy Disaster response cleanup, painting wall-sized canvases for hospitals and even reading to elementary school children in underserved schools to promote early literacy. The day of service AOLers are doing will total roughly 10,000 hours of community service.

One of our core values at AOL is that we are in the business of helping people, period. And although AOL employees demonstrate this value each and every day, they take it one step further on Monster Help Day.

The charities are in the communities in which our offices are located, as well as near and dear to our employees' hearts. Visit the Monster Help Day website to learn more about AOL's Monster Help Day and the charities we are working with.

Jun 4th 2012

AOLer Ting Wang Takes Us Behind the Scenes of Monster Help Day

How do you put together a day of service that involves thousands of employees working with local charities all around the world? It takes lots of planning and teamwork! Ting Wang, Manager of Corporate Events and Employee Programs at AOL, knows firsthand about the intricate details involved in organizing such an event. Ting, along with the events team, began planning Monster Help Day, a global service day where AOLers around the world come together as a company to help support the communities we live and work in, way back in January.

Involving nearly 3,000 employees in 21 offices helping 38+ charities around the world, the most challenging aspect of the event is the sheer scale. "It's a logistical beast of a project," said Ting, "but that's what makes it so rewarding. Seeing AOLers from all different facets of the business come together from social media and corporate communications doing promotion to our facilities team setting up on-site activities to our cause marketing team creating a cause module on the AOL mail sign-in page, we all come together. And at the end of the day, it's all about how we're helping and the impact we are making on others."

With different locations and time zones, the team also relied on site leads to organize the charge on the ground. The site leads were AOLers who volunteered to go above and beyond their normal job descriptions which include advertising execs and office managers, to help rally people and get them involved.

How does AOL pick the charities they will partner with on Monster Help Day? Ting and team incorporate employee feedback from past events as well as looking for causes that employees are already committed to. "What makes Monster Help Day so powerful is when employees personally connect with the community and the cause, leaving the day feeling like they've really made a direct impact," said Ting. "We want to work with causes AOLers are passionate about. For instance, the Denver office is all about sustainability and going green. They worked with Grow Local Colorado to plant a vegetable garden that will in turn help feed the homeless and hungry. The Dublin office created a unique opportunity for developers, graphic designers, photographers, etc. to utilize their skills to help local charities revamp their websites."

Ting executes a number of different events at AOL, from brand activations to global company meetings to community projects. "One of my favorite projects was when we donated a mobile computer lab to St. Jude Children's Hospital. As a digital media company, it was amazing to be able to utilize our resources to help these children and their families connect with one another while going through such a difficult time in their lives." Ting thrives at working on consumer and industry events and the challenge of creating an event from scratch where she can build innovative, fresh, strategic events that achieve the business goals while being original with out-of-the-box ideas. When Ting is not traveling around the globe creating world-class events she enjoys watching her summer TV guilty pleasure "So You Think You Can Dance," reading Game of Thrones, and attempting to survive the Insanity workout.

May 18th 2012

Gone Fishin' for #monsterhelpday!

If you're having trouble reaching us today, we apologize, but we are out in our communities making a difference! Today is Monster Help Day - an initiative created by employees encouraging all AOLers around the globe to step away from the ringing phones, overflowing inboxes and packed conference rooms to help strengthen the communities in which we live and work. This year, nearly 2,500 AOLers from 21 offices are supporting more than 38 charities around the world. We're also excited to share Monster Help Day with our audience of millions via the homepage cause module. Find out more information about Monster Help Day by visiting our page on AOL Impact and follow us all around the world on Twitter today at #monsterhelpday.

May 16th 2012

AOL Celebrates Birthday with Annual Day of Service

Here at AOL, we're in the business of helping people, period. Although we try and live this value every day, each year on AOL's birthday, we take it to the next level with Monster Help Day, a global community service day where AOLers around the world come together as a company to help strengthen the communities we live and work in while sharing a rewarding experience with our colleagues. On Friday, May 18th, we are celebrating our third annual Monster Help Day – an initiative created by employees, for employees.

This year AOLers from 21 offices around the globe will support more than 38 charities by doing volunteer activities like building care kits for troops, serving lunches at food banks, and planting trees in local parks. From Bangalore to Palo Alto, AOL employees will take the day off from work and support the charitable organizations in our local communities while reinforcing one of our core values. Over the last two years AOL employees have spent over 50,000 hours doing community service on Monster Help Day and have helped nearly 100 charities. We've built houses, sent packages, and helped those most in need, take a look at what we accomplished at last year's event:

Interested in getting involved in Monster Help Day? Find out more information by visiting our Monster Help Day page on AOL Impact and follow us all around the world on Twitter on Friday at #monsterhelpday.

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