ENGLEWOOD, Colo.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--
Following through on its commitment to support the communities it
serves, Western Union, through The Western Union Foundation Agent Gift
Match Program, will donate up to USD $400,000 to help support Hurricane
Sandy disaster relief efforts.
The Western Union Agent Gift Match Program matches one-for-one Agent
donations to eligible nonprofit organizations. To date, Western Union
Agent Gift Match participants include:
The Rite Aid Foundation donated $100,000 to the American Red Cross
Food Lion is accepting customer donations and The Western Union
Foundation will match contributions up to $100,000 benefiting the
American Red Cross
The Western Union Foundation will match qualifying Agent donations on a
To help facilitate support between family and friends, Western Union, in
cooperation with its Agents, also has introduced a “Hurricane Sandy”
reduced money transfer fee of $5* when sending up to $1,000 within the
U.S. to Connecticut, New Jersey and New York.
The “Hurricane Sandy” reduced fee* program will be available, across
participating Western Union® Agent locations, starting
Friday, November 02, 2012 through Thursday, November 08, 2012.
Other Western Union programs supporting Hurricane Sandy disaster relief
Mobilizing Consumer Giving:
Western Union is enabling consumers in the U.S. to give to
the American Red Cross as part of a “no transfer fee” program
using the Western Union® Quick Collect® or Payments Service Form
through participating Western Union® Agent locations across the U.S.
Consumers need to complete the blue form, using "American
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 through November 30, 2012.
Motivating Employee Giving:
To encourage and support employee philanthropy, Western Union, through
The Western Union Foundation, will match all employee donations to the
foundation two-for-one for U.S.-based employees.
Consumers and employees can also give online by using the “Donate Now”
Direct Support through Grantmaking:
As previously announced, The Western Union Foundation provided an
initial combined grant totaling $75,000 to 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.
*Western Union also makes money from currency exchange.
About Western Union
The Western 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
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 September 30, 2012,
the Western 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, The Western Union
Company completed 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.
About The Western Union Foundation
The Western Union Foundation is 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
the Western Union Company, its employees, Agents, and business partners,
the Western Union Foundation works 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, the Western Union Foundation has awarded more than $81.7
million in grants to more than 2,551 nongovernmental organizations in
more than 124 countries and territories. To learn more, visit www.westernunionfoundation.org.
Source: Western Union