Credit Unions Protect, Engage Members on Community ‘Shred Days’

With the end of tax season just around the corner, several Northwest credit unions are helping their members stay protected from fraud and identity theft by offering safe disposal of sensitive documents on “shred days.”

Most shred days are hosted as a community service provided by the credit union and are open to the general public, regardless of credit union membership. Consumers are invited to bring personal documents for no-cost secure shredding—often using a professional third-party shredder. Both events will take place rain or shine.

“We are happy to provide our members and the public with a safe, secure way to dispose of unwanted personal documents to prevent them from getting into the wrong hands,” said Kathleen Romane, president and CEO of Lacamas Credit Union, which is hosting two shred days in May. “People really appreciate the opportunity to securely get rid of their unwanted personal documents.”

Lacamas’ Vancouver-area shred day is scheduled for Saturday, May 4, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the 192nd Avenue Financial Center in Camas, Wash. A second free shred day in Skamania County will take place at the credit union’s Stevenson Branch on Saturday, May 18, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Woodstone Credit Union is hosting its free Shred Day as part of Recycle Palooza and Family Green Fest, a free community environmental fair sponsored by the city of Federal Way. The event will be held at the Federal Way Community Centeron Saturday, April 27, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and will include a recycling contest with a $1,000 grand prize.

It’s a great opportunity to go through important paperwork such as old bills, tax documents, credit cards or anything containing your account numbers, signatures or Social Security numbers, and bring the materials down for secure disposal,” the credit union said in a statement. “It’s a great way to protect against identity theft, it’s open to the public, and best of all, it’s free.”

 

Questions or comments? Contact Matt Halvorson, Anthem Editor: mhalvorson@nwcua.org.

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