PLS, Western Union Foundation Contribute to American Red Cross’s Efforts in Alabama

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PLS is helping Alabama communities recover from the recent onslaught of tornadoes with a $1,000 donation to the American Red Cross. The Western Union Foundation is matching the contribution, for a total donation of $2,000.

Our thoughts are with our neighbors in Alabama as they rebuild their lives and their communities.

PLS is helping Alabama communities recover from the recent onslaught of tornadoes with a $1,000 donation to the American Red Cross. The Western Union Foundation is matching the contribution, for a total donation of $2,000.

Early in the morning of January 23, an unusual winter outbreak of tornadoes struck Alabama, with winds up to 150 miles an hour. According to the National Weather Service, at least six different tornadoes skipped across the state, causing damage over a wide area. At least two deaths have been reported.

The American Red Cross (http://www.redcross.org) is providing food and shelter to people affected by the storms. The organization distributes relief supplies and provides support and basic health services to disaster survivors.

“Our thoughts are with our neighbors in Alabama as they rebuild their lives and their communities,” said Bob Wolfberg, President, PLS (http://www.PLShome.com). The company operates five consumer financial services centers in Alabama.

The Western Union Foundation’s (http://www.westernunionfoundation.org) “Agent Giving Circles” program assists Western Union Agents in supporting their local communities. “We’re proud to join with PLS in helping the American Red Cross care for those affected by these tornadoes,” said Rob Koewler, Director of Strategic Accounts for Western Union.

About PLS: People. Location. Service.

The PLS Group (http://www.PLShome.com), headquartered in Chicago, is comprised of more than 300 financial services centers in Alabama, Arizona, California, Illinois, Indiana, Mississippi, New York, Texas and Wisconsin, with more than 3,300 employees. PLS is one of the largest, fastest-growing and most distinguished organizations in the check cashing industry, and is a top performer for Western Union, a money transfer network.

The company’s mission is to provide innovative and convenient financial services delivered with the respect that hard-working consumers deserve.

PLS has been listed among Inc. magazine’s “5000 Fastest-Growing Private Companies in America” (http://www.inc.com/inc5000/list) for the past three years, and for three consecutive years has been named one of the “101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work for in Chicago” by the National Association for Business Resources (http://www.101bestandbrightest.com). For the past four years, PLS has been named one of Chicago’s Largest Privately Held Companies by Crain’s Chicago Business® (http://www.chicagobusiness.com), and was listed among 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 (http://www.ey.com). In 2011, Bob Wolfberg was recognized by Financial Service Centers of America [FiSCA (http://www.fisca.org)] as its Financial Service Provider of the Year. The company has also been twice honored with the Activa Award from FiSCA in recognition of its charitable efforts.

The PLS Group serves customers through its PLS Check Cashers stores, which offer check cashing, prepaid Visa® debit cards, money transfer services, money orders and bill payments; PLS Loan Store locations, which provide consumer short-term loans, auto insurance and tax-preparation services; and PLS Motor Vehicle Services facilities, which offer vehicle license and registration services.

About the American Red Cross

The American Red Cross is the nation’s premier emergency response organization, with a focus on natural disaster relief. Other services include community service that helps the needy; support and comfort for military members and their families; the collection, processing and distribution of lifesaving blood and blood products; educational programs that promote health and safety; and international relief and development programs. For more information, visit http://www.redcross.org
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 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. The Western Union, Vigo and Orlandi Valuta branded services are offered through a combined network of approximately 485,000 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 $73.8 million in grants to more than 2033 nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) in 120 countries and territories. To learn more, visit http://www.westernunionfoundation.org

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