Western Union Supports Mexico Earthquake Relief Efforts

Press Release By Western Union Published OnSeptember 22, 2017

ENGLEWOOD, Colo.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– The Western Union Company (NYSE: WU), a leader in global payment services, today announced a multi-faceted response along with the Western Union Foundation, Western Union employees and its Agents, in order to provide support for communities in Mexico affected by this week’s earthquake.

  • Fee-Free Money Transfers: Western Union is offering $0 fee* money transfers to senders in the U.S., at participating Western Union® Agent locations, for cash payouts in Mexico D.F., Morelos, Puebla, Oaxaca and Chiapas** until midnight September 27. To be entitled to the $0 fee*, a ‘disaster relief pricing – earthquake relief option’ should be requested.
  • Western Union Foundation: The Western Union Foundation is donating USD $30,000 to Save the Children, one of the foundation’s disaster relief partners. The donation includes a USD $10,000 contribution from the Western Union Foundation, plus a USD $10,000 contribution from El Alamo, a Western Union Agent, and USD $10,000 matching funds from the Western Union Foundation to match El Alamo’s contribution.

    The Western Union Foundation will provide a dollar-for-dollar match of qualifying contributions from Western Union Agents, business customers and other business partners to NGOs providing disaster relief support in the impacted region. Western Union employee contributions toward relief efforts will also be matched 2:1, up to USD $25,000.

  • Consumer Red Cross Donations: Consumers can also make fee-free donations to the Red Cross in Mexico at Western Union® Agent locations in the US through December 31, 2017. To donate, complete the blue Payments section on the Western Union form, using “Mexican Red Cross” as the Pay To recipient; “REDCROSS DC” as the Code City, along with “Mexico Earthquake Relief” in the Account field.

“Our thoughts are with everyone who has been impacted by this disaster. We will continue to engage with our NGO partners to support relief efforts around the world that help people and communities recover and rebuild, as well as increase their preparedness for future emergencies,” said Western Union Foundation Executive Director Elizabeth Roscoe.

* Western Union also makes money from currency exchange. When choosing a money transmitter, carefully compare both transfer fees and exchange rates. Fees, foreign exchange rates and taxes may vary by brand, channel, and location based on a number of factors. Fees and rates subject to change without notice.
** Due to the severity of the earthquake, some agent locations may not be immediately operational or possess sufficient funds.

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, 2017, the Western Union, Vigo and Orlandi Valuta branded services were offered through a combined network of over 550,000 agent locations in 200 countries and territories and over 150,000 ATMs and kiosks, and included the capability to send money to billions of accounts. In 2016, The Western Union Company completed 268 million consumer-to-consumer transactions worldwide, moving $80 billion of principal between consumers, and 523 million business payments. For more information, visit www.westernunion.com.

About The Western Union Foundation

The Western Union Foundation believes that education is one of the surest pathways to economic opportunity. Through collaborations with NGOs around the world, the Foundation has embarked on a five-year mission to equip 50,000 migrants and refugees – with a focus on women and young people – with the skills they need to thrive in the global economy by 2020. The Foundation also partners with The Western Union Company to rapidly respond to communities in crisis with humanitarian relief. To date, more than $113 million has been given to fund projects affecting more than 800,000 people in 137 countries across the globe. The Western Union Foundation is a separate charitable corporation that is tax-exempt under §501(c)(3) of the US Internal Revenue Code, contributions to which are tax-deductible for US income tax purposes, and receives support from The Western Union Company, its employees, agents and business partners. To learn more, visit foundation.westernunion.com/index.html or follow on Twitter @TheWUFoundation.


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