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Monday, August 20, 2012

Western Union and Belle Foods Donate $225,000 to Habitat for Humanity, American Red Cross, Salvation Army and United Way

Monday, August 20, 2012 08:00 AM

ENGLEWOOD, Colo.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- The Western Union Company (NYSE: WU), a leader in global payments, and its Agent, Belle Foods, which recently acquired Southern Family Markets, today donated a combined $225,000 through the Western Union Foundation to benefit four nonprofit organizations that provide services in Alabama:

  • Habitat for Humanity International: works in partnership with low-income families to construct, rehabilitate or preserve homes; advocates for fair and just housing policies; and provides training and access to resources to help families improve their shelter conditions. Habitat for Humanity International will receive a grant totaling $75,000.
  • American Red Cross Alabama Region: feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; contributes to the supply of more than 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The American Red Cross Alabama Region will receive a grant totaling $50,000.
  • Salvation Army (Greater Birmingham Command): provides a broad array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, clothing and shelter to the homeless, transitional and permanent housing programs, outreach to families, seniors, individuals and opportunities for underprivileged children. The Salvation Army (Greater Birmingham Command) will receive a grant totaling $50,000.
  • United Way of Central Alabama: through its partner agencies works in communities to strengthen families and individuals with programs in education, income, health and access to services. United Way embraces bold initiatives that produce lasting results. United Way of Central Alabama will receive a grant totaling $50,000.

The Western Union Agent Giving Program matches qualifying Agent donations to eligible local nonprofit organizations on a one-to-one basis and select global nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) on a two-to-one basis.

Southern Family Markets donated $100,000 prior to its acquisition by Belle Foods, and Western Union provided matching grants totaling $125,000. The Habitat for Humanity International donation will be matched by Western Union at a rate of two-to-one for an additional $25,000 to fund a global microfinance program and the local Volunteer Builds program in Alabama.

“Western Union is a purpose-driven brand,” said Luella Chavez D'Angelo, senior vice president, Western Union Social Ventures and president, Western Union Foundation. “Our philosophy is to collaborate with our Agents and employees to give back to the community. Together with its Agents, Western Union believes in helping to create jobs and grow local economies all while Moving Money for Better. This is one way we demonstrate our corporate social responsibility.”

“Belle Foods understands how important it is to give back to the communities we serve,” said Bill White, President and CEO of Belle Foods. “By working with the Western Union Foundation, we have aligned our company’s philanthropic activities and amassed nearly a quarter-million dollars to benefit consumers across Alabama.”

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 Belle Foods

Belle Foods LLC, which recently acquired Southern Family Markets, LLC, is a family owned neighborhood grocer with 57 stores in 4 Southern states, originated by the father-son team of Bill and Jeff White. Belle prides themselves in providing great quality food, excellent customer service, and affordable prices in a clean, family friendly environment. For more information, visit http://belle-foods.com.

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 June 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.



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