Englewood, CO–(HISPANIC PR WIRE – BUSINESS WIRE)–March 7, 2008–Together with the First Lady of Mexico, Mrs. Margarita Zavala de Calderon, The Western Union Company presented a $20,000 grant to Centro San Juan Diego, a non-profit organization serving families and children in the greater Denver area.
Following through on its commitment to empower migrant communities through education and global economic opportunity programs, the grant is part of Western Union Our World, Our Family and will help Centro San Juan Diego address the root causes of poverty through strength-based, family support and education programs in four areas:
— Education, Adult Literacy and Computer Skills Training
— Community Economic Development and Leadership
— Health Education and Counseling
— Legal Assistance and Advocacy
“One family at a time, and one community at a time, migrants are transforming our world,” said Liz Alicea-Velez, executive vice president Western Union Latin America and the Caribbean. “Western Union’s grant will help Centro San Juan Diego provide opportunities to families on their journey to a better life.
“First Lady Zavala’s participation signals her commitment to better understand and explore ways to help migrant families living in the United States; and to recognize the great humanitarian service of organizations like Centro San Juan Diego.”
Our World, Our Family is a $50 million, five-year joint initiative of the Western Union Company and the Western Union Foundation. Since its launch, Western Union Our World, Our Family has granted more than $5 million to more than 150 non-profit organizations worldwide.
The Our World, Our Family initiative is the result of extensive research. During its development, Western Union consulted with leaders in corporate philanthropy and experts in global migration as well as its own consumers, employees and Agents. The program is framed around four pillars or focus areas: Our World Gives; Our World Learns; Our World Strives and Our World Speaks. Each pillar is given equal attention and is designed to address the critical needs and challenges of the world’s migrant population.
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 (NYSE:WU), 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 $45 million to more than 1,500 nongovernmental 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 http://www.westernunion.com/foundation.