Western Union Responds to Hurricane Sandy
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- October 31, 2012
To help the communities impacted by Hurricane Sandy,The Western Union
Company(NYSE: WU) and The Western Union Foundationtoday announced a series
of disaster relief efforts.
Direct Support through Grantmaking:
The Western Union Foundation will provide a total of $75,000 in combined
grants to organizations supporting disaster relief efforts in the areas
impacted by Hurricane Sandy. Grant recipients include the American Red Cross,
to provide impacted communities in the U.S. with shelter, food and basic
necessities, and the International Federation of the Red Cross Red Crescent
Societies to support rebuilding efforts in Jamaica and Cuba.
Mobilizing Consumer Giving:
Western Union is also enabling consumers in the U.S. to give to theAmerican
Red Crossas part of a “no transfer fee” program usingthe Western
Union®Quick Collect® or Payments ServiceForm through participating Western
Union®Agent locations across the U.S.
Consumers need to complete the blue form,using "American Red Cross” as the
Pay To recipient; “REDCROSS DC” as the Code City, along with “Hurricane
Relief” in the account field.This consumer-giving option will be available
throughNovember 30, 2012.
Motivating Employee and Agent Giving:
To encourage and support employee philanthropy, Western Union, through The
Western Union Foundation, will matchall employee donations to the foundation
two-for-one for U.S.-based employees.
Western Unionis also encouraging its Agents to join together in supporting
relief efforts. Under its Agent Gift Match program, Western Union will provide
a dollar-for-dollar match of qualifying Agent contributions to NGOs providing
disaster relief support in the impacted regions.
Employees and consumers can give online by using the “Donate Now” button:
“Western Union is closely monitoring the impact of Hurricane Sandy,” said
Luella Chavez D’Angelo, Senior Vice President Social Ventures, Western Union
and President, The Western Union Foundation. “We recognize the need to help
balance immediate support and long-term needs and will continue to work with
our Agents, employees and NGOs in support of the communities we serve.”
TheWestern Union Company(NYSE: WU) is a leader in global payment services.
Together with its Vigo, Orlandi Valuta, Pago Facil and Western Union Business
Solutions branded payment services,Western Unionprovides consumers and
businesses with fast, reliable and convenient ways to send and receive money
around the world, to send payments and to purchase money orders. As
ofSeptember 30, 2012, theWestern Union, Vigo and Orlandi Valuta branded
services were offered through a combined network of approximately 510,000
agent locations in 200 countries and territories. In 2011, TheWestern Union
Companycompleted 226 million consumer-to-consumer transactions worldwide,
moving$81 billion of principal between consumers, and 425 million business
payments. For more information, visit www.westernunion.com.
AboutThe Western Union Foundation
The Western Union Foundationis dedicated to creating a better world, where
the ability to realize dreams through economic opportunity is not just a
privilege for the few but a right for all. With the support of theWestern
Union Company, its employees, Agents, and business partners, theWestern Union
Foundationworks to realize this vision by supporting education and disaster
relief efforts as pathways toward a better future. Our combined social
ventures efforts make life better for individuals, families and communities
around the world. Since its inception, theWestern Union Foundationhas
awarded more than$81.7 millionin grants to more than 2,551 nongovernmental
organizations in more than 124 countries and territories. To learn more,
Daniel Diaz, +1 720-332-5564
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