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Friday, December 06, 2013

President's Blog: Employees Engaging for Better

PatrickGaston_squareIt’s been a full year since I joined the Western Union Foundation. As I reflect on the past year, I am so proud to be affiliated with an organization that helps change people’s lives for the better. What makes me just as proud are the people who enable the Foundation to do what we do – the many Western Union® employees around the world who share a commitment and sense of responsibility for our global community.  Giving back isn’t part of their daily jobs, but a part of their daily routines – taking that extra step to help people in their local communities and beyond.

I spoke about it in my last blog post with respect to the employees I met in the Philippines – and the many more around the world who reached out to help the Filipino people in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan.  Although many had just donated to our annual Employee Giving Campaign, they once again reached into their hearts and their wallets. From Australia to Costa Rica, they turned their employee giving celebrations into disaster relief fundraising efforts – raising even more money to help those who survived the typhoon recover and rebuild.

And when there’s no disaster? A recent visit to Costa Rica helped me see how deep this commitment truly is. I visited with Fundadejo, an NGO that the Foundation has been involved with since 2009 – first funding a community center in an immigrant settlement and later, funding college scholarships for students from the same community. Our Latin America Regional Operations Center (LAROC) employees have been involved from the beginning too – donating funds each year during our employee giving campaign, and then extending the impact of our Foundation grants by volunteering their time. The community center the Foundation helped fund in 2009? These employees helped build it. They donated books to start a children’s library. And they continue to be an important part of this immigrant community.

We recently wrapped up our Foundation Employee Giving Campaign – with 72 percent of Western Union employees from across the globe donating to the Foundation. The number is powerful. But what’s even more powerful is the fact that this motivation and drive to help change lives for the better isn’t just about a campaign. It’s the Western Union culture.  And that is something that I am truly proud to be a part of.

Thank you for your ongoing interest.

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