Western Union Sponsors PBS Documentary Highlighting NCLR Contributions

Western Union Sponsors PBS Documentary Highlighting NCLR Contributions

Voices of Vision documentary to air this fall


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AUSTIN, Texas–(HISPANIC PR WIRE)–July 15, 2003–Western Union Financial Services, Inc., now in its eighth year as a major contributor to the National Council of La Raza’s (NCLR) annual conference, today announced its sponsorship of the PBS television documentary Voices of Vision airing this fall. Not only will Western Union continue to support NCLR’s education division initiatives, but it also committed to make the PBS documentary available in Spanish to all of NCLR’s 300 affiliates in 37 states, Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia.

A compilation of archival and present day footage, Voices of Vision recounts the stories of individuals and organizations whose humanitarian and leadership efforts are making a significant impact on societal problems around the country and worldwide. The documentary explores the challenges that non-profits face in tackling issues such as human rights, childhood cancer, corporate responsibility and environmental preservation. The National Council of La Raza’s initiatives will be featured in one of the 30-minute episodes. This marks the first time NCLR’s contributions have been highlighted in a documentary on public television.

Established in 1968, NCLR committed to reduce poverty and discrimination, and improve life opportunities for Hispanic Americans. Now celebrating its 35th anniversary, NCLR initiatives have expanded into leadership development for Latino youth, education and health. “NCLR was founded in a time of great adversity when Hispanics were not afforded basic civil rights,” Raul Yzaguirre, president of NCLR said. “Through our efforts, the quality of life and opportunities for our community have improved. The producers of Voices of Vision have not only acknowledged our contributions, but also recognized the need for advancement of Hispanics in the U.S.”

“Through our own community initiatives and by supporting organizations like NCLR, Western Union is taking every opportunity to empower Hispanics toward excellence and credit those who have a long history of changing and developing their communities,” said Sharon Alexander Holt, director of community development for Western Union. “We were committed to underwrite this PBS special to bring a greater awareness to NCLR’s endeavors in the educational arena.”

In addition to sponsoring the documentary, Western Union has developed a long-time partnership with NCLR to address the need for language proficiency by developing a comprehensive global literacy initiative, Aprender es PoderSM. The program consists of two educational pieces: Sabemos y Podemos—an adult basic English as a Second Language curriculum, and Alrededor del Mundo, a bilingual workbook for teachers, parents and children.

About Western Union Financial Services, Inc. and First Data

Western Union Financial Services, Inc., a subsidiary of First Data Corp. (NYSE: FDC), is an international leader in consumer money transfer services. Consumers can quickly and reliably pay bills and transfer money around the globe using the company’s proprietary money transfer network. Western Union and its subsidiary, Orlandi Valuta, together make up one of the world’s largest money transfer networks with a total of approximately 159,000 Agent locations in more than 195 countries and territories. Famous for its pioneering telegraph service, the original Western Union dates back to 1851 and introduced electronic money transfer service in 1871. For more information, please visit the company’s Web site at http://www.westernunion.com.

First Data Corp., with global headquarters in Denver, helps power the global economy. Serving approximately 3 million merchant locations, 1,400 card issuers and millions of consumers, First Data makes it easy, fast and secure for people and businesses to buy goods and services, using virtually any form of payment: credit, debit, smart card, stored-value card or check at the point-of-sale, over the Internet or by money transfer. For more information, please visit the company’s Web site at http://www.firstdata.com.

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Western Union Financial Services, Inc.

Danielle Jimenez

303-967-6062

Western Union Sponsors PBS Documentary Highlighting NCLR Contributions