Custom House Ltd.

Custom House Ltd.

December 16, 2009 15:30 ET

Custom House and the Western Union Foundation Contribute $45,000 to Habitat for Humanity

VICTORIA, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Dec. 16, 2009) - Custom House, a Western Union company providing international payment solutions and foreign exchange risk management services, announced today a corporate donation of $45,000 to the Habitat for Humanity Global Village program on behalf of their clients worldwide.

"Our donation, in partnership with the Western Union Foundation, is intended to provide concrete support for families in need of essentials like shelter and a place to call home," said Peter Ciceri, President, Custom House, a Western Union Company. "We place great importance on our corporate social responsibility program and we are honored to make a gift to this important global charity on behalf of our clients this holiday season."

Luella Chavez D'Angelo, President, Western Union Foundation, said, "We recognize in these trying economic times how non-profit organizations like Habitat for Humanity rely on corporate giving as a means to fund their efforts in order to lift people out of poverty. By serving significant international initiatives like Habitat for Humanity's Global Village Program, we can help make an impact and empower individuals, families and communities through access to better economic opportunities."

Through volunteer labor and donations of money and materials, Habitat for Humanity builds and rehabilitates houses alongside homeowner partner families. In addition to monthly mortgage payments, homeowners invest hundreds of hours of sweat equity into building their Habitat house and the houses of others. Habitat houses are then sold to partner families at no profit and financed with no-interest mortgages. In addition, the homeowners' monthly mortgage payments are used to build still more Habitat houses for other families in need.

"It is through generous donations from Custom House and the Western Union Foundation that Habitat for Humanity is able to make headway in the fight for affordable housing. At this time of year especially, families need the warmth and comfort provided by their own home," said Stewart Hardacre, President and Chief Operating Officer of Habitat for Humanity Canada. "Custom House and Western Union are leading the way for other corporations to join our efforts to break the cycle of poverty and we greatly appreciate their support."

About Custom House, A Western Union Company
Custom House provides reliable, efficient international payment solutions for today's business. We offer advanced, customized foreign exchange solutions, addressing the unique needs of small to mid-sized enterprises (SMEs) and global businesses that require support managing foreign exchange risk and international payments. Through our strategic business relationships and worldwide network of trading offices we help our clients remain competitive when working in global markets. Western Union acquired Custom House in September 2009, and owns and operates the company along with its services under the Western Union name. For more information, visit www.customhouse.com.

About the Western Union Foundation
Through Western Union's Our World, Our Family ® signature program, the Western Union Foundation supports initiatives to empower individuals, families and communities through access to better education and economic opportunity. Recognized by the Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy in 2009, the program is a five year, $50 million commitment reflecting the efforts made by Western Union employees, Agents, and partners around the world. Since its inception, the Western Union Foundation has awarded almost $55 million in grants and disaster relief to over 1,870 nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) in 100 countries. For more information, visit http://foundation.westernunion.com.

About Habitat for Humanity Canada
Habitat for Humanity Canada is a national, non-profit, faith-based organization working for a world where everyone has a safe and decent place to live. The mission of the organization is to mobilize volunteers and community partners in building affordable housing and promoting homeownership as a means to breaking the cycle of poverty. Habitat for Humanity Canada was founded in 1985, consists of over 50,000 volunteers and 72 affiliate organizations from coast to coast, and is a member of Habitat for Humanity International which spans 93 countries, has built over 300,000 homes, and is now building a new home every 10 minutes.

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