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AOLTW, Yipes pitch in on relief effort

Sun, 09/16/2001 - 8:00pm
Anne Kerven

In an open memo to employees, AOL Time Warner chiefs Steve Case and Gerry Levin called for suggestions of where the company could contribute most effectively to the relief efforts in New York. They also outlined what AOLTW has already done, including donating $5 million and offering to match more.

"Ours is a unique enterprise, and we have unique resources," including AOL and CNN, the two wrote.

AOLTW will divide the $5 million between six relief entities, including the American Red Cross, the September 11th Fund, The Twin Towers Fund, the International Association of Fire Fighters, the New York Fraternal Order of Police WTC Fund and the National Organization for Victim Assistance.

AOLTW also will match up to $1,000 per employee. The company employees 90,000 people.

Finally, the company set up its Web site to let members make one-click donations to the Red Cross, the September 11th Fund and IAFF. Members already have donated $4 million via the feature, the duo says. AOLTW included links to more information, and community and other resources. It's also outlined ways for employees to contribute more.

Case and Levin note the "obscene" terrorist attacks are rooted in a desire to destroy life, and to "undo the ties of compassion, trust and community that give life significance and purpose." They urge employees to reinforce the ties and "get on with the work of rebuilding." Also contributing to the effort is Yipes Communications Inc., which is providing free service to Manhattan companies displaced by the attack.

Free services include Internet access or office-to-office metro area network access. The company also offers point-to-point metro area network access. Services include speeds up to 100 Mbps.

Yipes will provide the free service for three months in buildings it already serves or those where it plans to deploy.

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