ENGLEWOOD, Colo.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--
In response to the worst wildfire season in Colorado history, The
Western Union Company (NYSE: WU) today announced an expansion in
disaster-aid efforts to support the communities in Colorado impacted by
Western Union is enabling Colorado residents to give to the Colorado
Fire Relief Fund 2012 as part of a “no transfer fee” program using
Western Union® Quick Collect® service at King
Soopers, City Market, Safeway and any other Western Union Agent
locations across the state. The Western Union Foundation will match
consumer contributions up to $50,000. Consumers need to complete the
blue form, using “COLORADO WILDFIRE DONATIONS” as the Pay To recipient,
and “WILDFIRE, CO” as the Code City and State. This consumer giving
option will be available through Saturday, August 4, 2012.
Western Union previously announced that The Western Union Foundation
committed to matching designated employee contributions up to $50,000 to
benefit the Colorado Fire Relief Fund 2012 to maximize employee giving
efforts. Employees and others can give online at www.westernunionfoundation.org.
“The impact of the Colorado wildfires in our communities has been
Luella Chavez D'Angelo
, senior vice president,
Western Union Social Ventures and president, Western Union Foundation.
“We are looking to leverage our Agent and consumer relationships, our
compassionate employees and the resources of The Western Union
Foundation to help the communities where we live, work and serve. We
want to thank King Soopers, City Market and Safeway for joining us as we
work with residents across Colorado, Governor
, and the
Colorado Fire Relief Fund 2012 during this time of need in our state.”
The Colorado Fire Relief Fund 2012, first announced by Governor
, benefits Colorado communities impacted by wildfires in
2012. These funds will be administered and distributed by a committee of
community foundation executives appointed by the governor.
About the Western Union Foundation
Through Western Union’s Our World, Our Family®
signature program, the Western Union Foundation supports initiatives to
empower people through access to economic opportunity. Recognized by the
Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy in 2009, the program is a
five-year, $50 million commitment reflecting efforts made by Western
Union employees, agents and partners around the world. Since its
inception, the Western Union Foundation has awarded more than $80.1
million in grants to more than 2,045 nongovernmental organizations
(NGOs) in 109 countries and territories. To learn more, visit http://foundation.westernunion.com.
About Western Union
The Western Union Company is a leader in global payment services.
Together with its Vigo, Orlandi Valuta, Pago Facil and Western Union
Business Solutions branded payment services, Western Union provides
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 of April 24, 2012, the Western Union, Vigo and Orlandi
Valuta branded services were offered through a combined network of
approximately 500,000 agent locations in 200 countries and territories.
In 2011, The Western Union Company completed 226 million
consumer-to-consumer transactions worldwide, moving $81 billion of
principal between consumers, and completed 425 million business
payments. For more information, visit www.westernunion.com.
Source: Western Union