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Thursday, September 06, 2012

Western Union Responds to Hurricane Isaac Relief Efforts

Thursday, September 6, 2012 01:30 PM

ENGLEWOOD, Colo.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- The Western Union Company (NYSE: WU) today announced a series of disaster relief efforts to help the victims of Hurricane Isaac along the Gulf Coast.

The Western Union Company has set up a no-fee Payments contribution account in the U.S., benefitting the American Red Cross. Through the month of September, donors in the U.S. can contribute to relief efforts by making a no-fee Payments transaction at retail Western Union® Agent locations, directed to the account, up to USD$5,000.

Donors will need to complete the Western Union blue Payments form, using the company name “American Red Cross” or the code city, “REDCROSS DC.” Please write in, “Hurricane Relief” as the account number.

Additionally, the Western Union Foundation today announced that it will match employee donations for disaster relief efforts through the Western Union Employee Gift Matching Program. The Western Union Foundation will match employee donations to the American Red Cross and other qualifying non-profit organizations on a one-for-one basis.

“The damage attributed to Hurricane Isaac has left thousands in need of support,” said Luella Chavez D'Angelo, senior vice president, Western Union Social Ventures and president, Western Union Foundation. “Funds collected through the Western Union Payments account will help the American Red Cross assist with critical efforts such as providing food, water and shelter to families and children most affected by the storm.

“We are committed to helping the communities we serve and join the people of the Gulf Coast during this time of need,” concluded Chavez D'Angelo.


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 committed more than $81.7 million in grants and other giving to more than 2,551 nongovernmental organizations in more than 124 countries and territories. To learn more, visit

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



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