Western Union Introduces Our World, Our Family

    New Corporate Citizenship Program to Empower Migrant Families

    ENGLEWOOD, COLO., September 13 /CNW/ - Today The Western Union Company
and The Western Union Foundation introduced Our World, Our Family, a $50
million, five-year initiative to empower migrant families through education
and global economic opportunity programs that help them stay connected,
overcome barriers, and realize their dreams.

    The Western Union Company and the Western Union Foundation also announced
that MercyCorps, a global humanitarian organization, has been selected as the
first Our World, Our Family partner.

    As the company approaches its first anniversary as an independent,
publicly held company, Western Union has worked to build on its history of
giving. With this commitment, Western Union is realigning its corporate and
charitable investments and resources to focus on education and economic
opportunity issues important to the company's consumers, in an effort to
amplify the company's positive impact in communities around the world.

    Our World, Our Family will help leverage the impact of remittances, one
of the world's most powerful forces for economic development.

    "Education and economic opportunity means providing people around the
world with the tools to succeed," said Christina Gold, president and CEO,
Western Union. "We take great pride in our commitment to helping families stay
connected, and we strongly believe in making migration an option, not a
necessity. With Our World, Our Family, we will help open doors to new
opportunities supporting global citizens on their journey to a better life."

    Our World, Our Family is framed around four pillars designed to empower
individuals and families.

    Our World Gives will engage consumers and Western Union Agents to allow
community members, Western Union employees and Agents to pool their funds to
support social issues they care about most.

    Our World Learns applies Western Union's intimate understanding of
migrant populations to advance education with family scholarships to address
the educational needs of multiple generations. The program includes "learning
packs" that boost language, family connectedness and personal finance skills.

    Our World Strives includes a new volunteer mentor corps that provides
entrepreneurial and personal finance support at community centers and selected
Agent locations, and a new online Website and Agent-based kiosks that will
feature small business support and allow customers to track their remittances,
money management and savings goals.

    Our World Speaks will engage global leaders in a new dialogue to
encourage an inclusive approach to economic development and issues that impact
migrant communities.

    With MercyCorps, Western Union is piloting Our World, Our Family in four
countries: the United Arab Emirates, the Philippines, the United States and

    "Western Union plays a central role in the lives of people around the
world, and its reach creates an opportunity to enhance economic opportunity on
a massive scale," noted MercyCorps CEO Neal Keny-Guyer. "For every dollar
spent to increase economic equality, it is estimated that seven dollars are
saved by avoiding the terrible consequences of poverty. We look forward to
working with Western Union in fostering economic growth through critical new
learning tools."

    Our World, Our Family will be led jointly by the Western Union Foundation
and The Western Union Company. The company's $50 million initiative over five
years is a commitment to continue Western Union's historical giving program.
The funding is expected to consist of direct contribution and investment to
support Our World, Our Family together with contributions to the Western Union
Foundation and other company-supported initiatives.

    About MercyCorps

    MercyCorps works amid disasters, conflicts, chronic poverty and
instability to unleash the potential of people who can win against nearly
impossible odds. Since 1979, MercyCorps has provided $1.3 billion in
assistance to people in 100 nations. For more information, visit

    About the Western Union Foundation

    The Western Union Foundation began in 2000 as a philanthropic
organization to facilitate charitable giving programs worldwide. Through the
donations of The Western Union Company, its employees and Agents, the
Foundation helps to fund programs that enhance the quality of life for those
most in need around the world. Since 2001, the Western Union Foundation, in
collaboration with Western Union Agents and employees, has granted nearly $40
million to more than 1,500 non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in 70
countries around the globe to support humanitarian projects. In addition, the
Foundation has supported more than 50 disaster-relief operations and has
funded education and human services programs. For more information, visit

    About Western Union

    The Western Union Company (NYSE:   WU) is a leading provider of global
money transfer services. Together with its affiliates, Orlandi Valuta and
Vigo, Western Union provides consumers with fast, reliable and convenient ways
to send and receive money around the world, as well as send payments and
purchase money orders. It operates through a network of approximately 312,000
Agent locations in over 200 countries and territories. For more information,
visit www.westernunion.com.


For further information:

For further information: The Western Union Company Daniel Diaz,
+1-720-332-5564 daniel.diaz@WesternUnion.com or MercyCorps Eric Block,
+1-206-321-4957 eblock@sea.mercycorps.org

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