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First Data gives grant to Habitat

September 30, 2004

First Data Western Union Foundation has presented a $65,000 grant to Washington County Habitat for Humanity.

The grant, made Sept. 21, will pay for one home for Habitat, and marks the first time a company or organization in the Hagerstown area has sponsored the construction of an entire house.

The foundation, the charitable organization of First Data Corp., supports philanthropic initiatives worldwide.

First Data representatives Chris Clifford, vice president and site manager, and Diane Baker, community coordinator, presented the check during the Habitat for Humanity board meeting.

Groundbreaking for the First Data house is expected in the spring.

In Hagerstown, the foundation recently has provided grants to organizations such as REACH, Parent-Child Center, Community Free Clinic, Mason-Dixon Council of Boy Scouts of America, YMCA's Black Achievers Program and the Maryland Symphony Orchestra.

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For information about local First Data Western Union Foundation sponsorships, contact Baker at 301-766-5792 or e-mail her at diane.baker@firstdata.com

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