PLS, Western Union Join Forces on Relief to Communities in Alabama and Mississippi

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As tornado-ravaged communities in Alabama and Mississippi seek to recover and rebuild from the destructive storms that swept through the South, PLS and the Western Union Foundation are combining to send much-needed aid.

The tornadoes have left many of our neighbors injured or homeless. It’s our responsibility to help them get their lives back.

As tornado-ravaged communities in Alabama and Mississippi seek to recover and rebuild from the destructive storms that swept through the South, PLS and the Western Union Foundation are combining to send much-needed aid.

More than 300 people were killed, and hundreds more injured, when a massive outbreak of tornadoes started in Mississippi and swept north and east. Alabama was particularly hard-hit, suffering more than half the fatalities.

“The tornadoes have left many of our neighbors injured or homeless,” said Brian Johnson, Senior VP of Field Operations, PLS. “It’s our responsibility to help them get their lives back. We’ve made a $1,000 contribution to the American Red Cross for relief in these communities. And now we’re making an additional $2,500 donation, which will be matched by the Western Union Foundation, for a combined total of $6,000.”

The Western Union Foundation’s “Agent Giving Circles” program assists Western Union Agents in supporting their local communities. PLS received dollar-for-dollar matching funds for the second contribution to the American Red Cross, for a combined total of $5,000.

“PLS is one of Western Union’s top check casher Agents,” said Rob Koewler, Director of Strategic Accounts for Western Union. “We’re pleased to match their contribution to the American Red Cross with funds from the Western Union Foundation to help the rebuilding process.”

“The PLS family has been affected by these storms,” said Johnson. “Our store team members, and our neighbors, have seen the worst of what nature can bring. We’re going to continue to assist until these communities have been restored.”

About PLS: People. Location. Service.
The PLS group of companies, headquartered in Chicago, manages more than 300 financial service centers in Alabama, Arizona, California, Illinois, Indiana, Mississippi, New York, Texas and Wisconsin, with more than 3,100 employees. PLS is one of the largest, fastest-growing and most distinguished organizations in the check cashing industry, and is a top-ranked Western Union money transfer network.

PLS is listed on Inc. magazine’s “5000 Fastest-Growing Private Companies in America,” and has been named one of Chicago’s “101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For” by the National Association of Business Resources. For the past four years, PLS has been named one of Chicago’s Largest Privately Held Companies by Crain’s Chicago Business®, and was a member of Crain’s “Fast 50” (Fastest Growing Companies). Bob and Dan Wolfberg, PLS Presidents, were finalists for Ernst & Young’s 2010 Entrepreneur of the Year Award. The company has also been honored with the Activa Award from the Financial Service Centers of America (FiSCA) in recognition of its charitable efforts.

The PLS brands include PLS Check Cashers, which offers check cashing, prepaid debit cards, money transfer services, money orders and bill payments; PLS Loan Store, which provides consumer micro-loans and tax-preparation services; and PLS Motor Vehicle Services, which offers vehicle license and registration services.

About Western Union
The Western Union Company is a leader in global payment services. Together with its Vigo, Orlandi Valuta, Pago Facil and Western Union Business Solution 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. The Western Union, Vigo and Orlandi Valuta branded services are offered through a combined network of approximately 455,000 Agent locations in 200 countries and territories. In 2010, The Western Union Company completed 214 million consumer-to-consumer transactions worldwide, moving $76 billion of principal between consumers, and 405 million business payments. For more information, visit http://www.westernunion.com

About the Western Union Foundation
Through Western Union’s Our World, Our Family® signature program, the Western Union Foundation supports initiatives to empower people through access to economic opportunity. Recognized by the Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy in 2009, the program is a five-year, $50 million commitment reflecting efforts made by Western Union employees, agents and partners around the world. Since its inception, the Western Union Foundation has awarded more than $71.7 million in grants to more than 2010 nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) in 104 countries and territories. To learn more, visit http://foundation.westernunion.com

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