More than 2,200 local residents (an all-time high) took action to protect themselves from fraud and identity theft by shredding old financial records and other paperwork at Redwood Credit Union’s (RCU’s) free annual Shred-a-Thon, held at RCU’s administrative offices in Santa Rosa on Saturday, August 10, 2019. Sixty-two RCU volunteers and several trucks from Shred-IT were on-site at the event to help the community safely dispose of and recycle approximately 71,800 lbs. of documents. Twenty-three people attended a free seminar at the event on ways to prevent fraud and identity theft.
Additionally, Conservation Corps of the North Bay collected 13,200 lbs. of e-waste on site at the event, including old TVs, printers, monitors, computers, and other personal electronics for secure recycling.
“Shredding sensitive documents—such as old financial statements and bills—is one of the best precautions people can take against identity theft,” said Matt Martin, senior vice president of community and government relations at RCU. “We were happy to once again provide this service to our community.”
Redwood Empire Food Bank was also on site at the event and collected $5,581 in monetary contributions and 350 pounds of food donated by attendees. These donations are estimated to help provide over 11,579 meals for those in need (another all-time high).
About Redwood Credit Union
Founded in 1950, Redwood Credit Union is a full-service financial institution providing personal and business banking to consumers and businesses in the North Bay and San Francisco. RCU offers complete financial services including checking and savings accounts, auto and home loans, credit cards, online and mobile banking, business services, commercial and SBA lending, wealth management and investment services, and more. The credit union also offers insurance and discount auto sales through its wholly owned subsidiary. RCU has over $4.5 billion in assets and serves more than 335,000 members with full-service branches from San Francisco to Ukiah, more than 30,000 fee-free network ATMs nationwide and convenient, free online and mobile banking. For more information, call 1 (800) 479-7928, visit redwoodcu.org, or follow RCU on Facebook at facebook.com/redwoodcu, Instagram @redwoodcreditunion, and Twitter @Redwoodcu for news and updates.