In the wake of the devastating earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan recently, Western Union as of today, March 17, 2011, is waiving the fees for money transfers to that nation.
This program will continue to be available through April 17, 2011, and is subject to network and currency availability, the company said. Money transfers to Japan can be made at Western Union service locations, or online through their website, which is WesternUnion.com.
Earlier this week, the Western Union Foundation made a $50,000 contribution to Mercy Corps in support of Peace Winds Japan, its local partner, to provide for the immediate needs of Japanese disaster survivors, including supplying shelter, food, water, blankets and medicine.
Additionally, Western Union has activated a special account to enable U.S. consumers to support Japan disaster-relief efforts. People in the U.S. can donate to Mercy Corps by sending a no-fee money transfer using the Western Union Quick Collect service (code city: Japan Relief, CO) online or through any participating Western Union agent location.
The Western Union Foundation also has initiated a Japan Earthquake Relief Fund to match donations from Western Union employees.
I commend Western Union for taking these steps. This is exactly the kind of corporate social responsibility that we need to see more of. I encourage people to take advantage of this program by donating to Mercy Corps through Western Union.