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Friday, November 08, 2013

President's Blog: Employee Engagement

PatrickGaston_squareI’ve been here at the Western Union Foundation for nearly a year and can honestly say that I am both proud and humbled.

As Foundation President, I am proud to be part of an organization that really helps change people’s lives for the better. At the same time, I’m humbled by the global team of Western Union® employees and their commitment to communities and improving lives. What I’ve found is that no matter where they are they are committed to Western Union and its customers. And they also have this shared sense of responsibility for the world around us. Giving back isn’t part of their daily jobs, but a part of their daily routine – taking that extra step to help those less fortunate.

For example, I recently visited an NGO in Costa Rica called Fundadejo (Boy With a Ball). Since 2009, the Foundation has been involved with this organization – first funding a community center in an immigrant settlement and later, funding college scholarships for talented students from within this very same community. Our Latin America Regional Operations Center (LAROC) employees in Costa Rica have provided support since the beginning – generously donating funds each year during our employee giving campaign, and then extending the impact of Foundation grants by volunteering their time. In 2009, they helped build the community center. They donated books to start a children’s library. And our LAROC employees continue to be an important part of this immigrant community.

This is just one example of why I’m so proud to be a part of the Western Union family. Here’s another one. The Foundation recently launched its annual Employee Giving Campaign. Thousands of employees from across the globe have donated so far, with their donations generously matched by the company. Participation, from the top down, has already reached more than 65 percent and we still have a couple more weeks to go.
 
Why do they do it? Because it’s the right thing to do. But it’s also the wise thing to do. And that is the true force of positive change, lifting up everyone involved.

 



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