To help the communities impacted by Hurricane Sandy, The Western Union Company (NYSE: WU) and The Western Union Foundation today announced a series of disaster relief efforts.
Direct Support through Grantmaking:
The Western Union Foundation will provide a total of $75,000 in combined grants to organizations supporting disaster relief efforts in the areas impacted by Hurricane Sandy. Grant recipients include 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.
Mobilizing Consumer Giving:Western Union is also 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 Red Cross” as 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 and Agent 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. Western Union is also encouraging its Agents to join together in supporting relief efforts. Under its Agent Gift Match program, Western Union will provide a dollar-for-dollar match of qualifying Agent contributions to NGOs providing disaster relief support in the impacted regions. Employees and consumers can give online by using the “Donate Now” button: www.westernunionfoundation.org. “Western Union is closely monitoring the impact of Hurricane Sandy,” said Luella Chavez D’Angelo, Senior Vice President Social Ventures, Western Union and President, The Western Union Foundation. “We recognize the need to help balance immediate support and long-term needs and will continue to work with our Agents, employees and NGOs in support of the communities we serve.”