SOURCE: VolunteerMatch

July 31, 2006 14:09 ET

LexisNexis and Harcourt Education Partner With VolunteerMatch to Engage Workforce in Volunteer Service

MIAMISBURG, OH and ORLANDO, FL -- (MARKET WIRE) -- July 31, 2006 -- LexisNexis and Harcourt Education (members of Reed Elsevier, plc) have partnered with VolunteerMatch, the nonprofit dedicated to making it easier for anyone to find a rewarding way to volunteer, to help engage their employees in volunteer opportunities throughout the United States.

With VolunteerMatch's business service, the LexisNexis and Harcourt Education workforce can now access the VolunteerMatch network of over 41,000 nonprofit organizations, and any of their employees can use VolunteerMatch to receive a list of volunteer opportunities based on individual interests and ZIP code.

"Because we value the importance of volunteerism and the service our employees provide to their communities," said Andy Prozes, CEO of LexisNexis Group, "we are pleased to offer a nationwide online service to help them locate volunteer opportunities that fit their interests, skills and schedules."

Pat Tierney, President and CEO of Harcourt Education, stated, "Harcourt Education has a heritage of giving back to the communities we serve. Partnering with VolunteerMatch reinforces that commitment." Both agree that working with VolunteerMatch will allow their employees to find and support new volunteer opportunities across the US.

VolunteerMatch also helps make it easier for employees of companies like LexisNexis and Harcourt Education to volunteer, and for national nonprofit organizations like The American Red Cross and the National CASA to recruit volunteers locally, regionally, and nationally.

The Reed Elsevier Cares Program, sponsored by Reed Elsevier, parent company to LexisNexis and Harcourt Education, encourages employees to be actively involved in their communities through volunteering. All employees are encouraged to take advantage of a two-days off (with pay) employee benefit to participate in volunteer activities. Reed Elsevier Cares is not just about volunteerism. Together with significant programs like Matching Gifts, community partnerships with key customers, and monetary donations both regionally and throughout the developing world, Reed Elsevier Cares demonstrates the company's leadership and commitment to Corporate Social Responsibility. Both LexisNexis and Harcourt Education continue to raise the bar with innovative projects like the VolunteerMatch initiative.

LexisNexis Group

About LexisNexis

LexisNexis® (www.lexisnexis.com) is a leading provider of information and services solutions, including its flagship Web-based Lexis® and Nexis® research services, to a wide range of professionals in the legal, risk management, corporate, government, law enforcement, accounting and academic markets. A member of Reed Elsevier Group plc (NYSE: ENL) (NYSE: RUK) (www.reedelsevier.com), the company serves customers in 100 countries with 13,000 employees worldwide.

In the United States, LexisNexis® (www.lexisnexis.com) offers its customers total practice solutions comprised of an extensive range of online and print legal, regulatory, news and business information products, tools, customized Web applications and critical filing services that help legal professionals achieve excellence in the business and practice of law.

Harcourt Education

Harcourt Education is a global education provider serving students and teachers in PreK through grade 12, adult learners, and readers of all ages. The Harcourt companies are: Harcourt School Publishers; Holt, Rinehart and Winston; Harcourt Achieve, Professional and Trade (including Harcourt Achieve, Harcourt Trade, Greenwood-Heinemann, Global Library, and Classroom Connect); Harcourt Assessment; and Harcourt Education International. For further information, please visit www.harcourt.com. Harcourt Education is part of Reed Elsevier Group plc (www.reedelsevier.com), a world-leading publisher and information provider. It is owned equally by Reed Elsevier PLC (NYSE: RUK) and Reed Elsevier NV (NYSE: ENL).

VolunteerMatch

VolunteerMatch is where volunteering begins, enabling volunteers and businesses to find local nonprofits by ZIP code, get involved based on skills and interests, and support a community network committed to civic engagement. Since 1998, VolunteerMatch has helped volunteers make more than 2.5 million matches to 41,000+ nonprofits throughout the United States, earning the national nonprofit worldwide acclaim, two Webby Awards, and recognition from M.I.T., the Smithsonian Institution and The White House.

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