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WageWorks Supports Hurricane Relief Efforts Through Innovative Fundraising Program

San Mateo, CA (January 31, 2018)

Employees Raise More Than $129,000 Through Charitable Leave Donation Program for Direct Relief’s Hurricane Community Health Fund

SAN MATEO, Calif., January 31, 2018 – WageWorks, Inc. (NYSE: WAGE), a leader in administering Consumer-Directed Benefits, raised more than $129,000 in 2017 for Direct Relief ’s Hurricane Community Health Fund through the use of a company sponsored paid leave donation program. In the wake of the devastating hurricanes in Texas and Florida, WageWorks initiated a charitable leave donation program allowing employees to convert unused Paid Time Off (PTO) or floating holidays into cash to donate to a pooled fund. 

WageWorks implemented the charitable leave donation program, a first of its kind for the company, based on employee feedback to provide an avenue for employees who do not have readily expendable resources to donate to recovery efforts in Texas and Florida. The program’s initial goal was to raise $50,000 from September 25, 2017 to December 24, 2017. Within just two months, employees raised $62,000 and were challenged to reach a new goal of $100,000, which was quickly surpassed.

“Many of our employees knew someone who was impacted by hurricanes Harvey or Irma or were directly affected, so it was extremely important that WageWorks provide a way to support disaster relief efforts,” said Kim Wilford, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary. “The charitable leave donation program introduced a new way for WageWorks employees to help those in need, and their generosity is astounding.”

Direct Relief’s Hurricane Community Health Fund supports community health centers and free and charitable clinics for the benefit of the most vulnerable residents in hurricane-affected communities, particularly those with low incomes and lack of insurance. On December 29, 2017, Direct Relief received a donation of $129,316.24 from WageWorks, Inc.

“We are deeply grateful to the employees of WageWorks for their generosity,” said Thomas Tighe, Direct Relief’s President and CEO. “This donation will enable Direct Relief to provide essential medical resources to free clinics, community health centers, and other healthcare organizations in Texas and Florida that treat people who would otherwise lack access to care. WageWorks employees graciously donated their hard-earned vacation time to help others in need. That is truly inspiring.

About WageWorks

WageWorks, Inc. (NYSE: WAGE) is a leader in administering Consumer-Directed Benefits (CDBs). WageWorks is solely dedicated to administering CDBs, including pre-tax spending accounts, such as Health Savings Accounts (HSAs), health and dependent care Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs), Health Reimbursement Arrangements (HRAs), as well as Commuter Benefit Services, including transit and parking programs, wellness programs, COBRA, and other employee benefits. WageWorks makes it easier to understand and take advantage of Consumer-Directed Benefits for more than 100,000 employers and approximately 6.5 million people. WageWorks is headquartered in San Mateo, California, with offices in major locations throughout the United States. For more information, visit www.wageworks.com.

About Direct Relief

Founded in 1948, Direct Relief is a California-based nonprofit organization that provides humanitarian medical aid in all 50 states and more than 980 countries, with a stated mission to improve the health and lives of people affected by poverty or emergency situations. Among other distinctions, Direct Relief has been named among the world’s ten most innovative nonprofits by Fast Company, received the CECP Directors’ Award, the President’s Award from Esri for Excellence in GIS mapping, and the Peter F. Drucker Award for Nonprofit Innovation. Of the more than 8,000 charities rated by Charity Navigator, Direct Relief is one of only 49 to receive a perfect overall score of 100. Direct Relief has worked closely with NACHC, NAFC and their members since 2005 and has delivered more than $650 million (wholesale) in medical support to over 1,300 facilities.  For more information, visit www.directrelief.org.

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Elizabeth Anderson
VP, Corporate Communications

J.D. Whittenburg
Director, Corporate Communications