Verity has always made it known that we are a credit union “where you truly matter” and this means protecting and educating our members in fraud and identity theft prevention. One way we do this is by hosting Shred-A-Thons to benefit our branches’ communities.

Protecting our identities and personal information should be a top priority for consumers today, especially given the times in which we are currently living. With the current recession (recovering slowly as it may be) and unemployment rates, the increase of fraud and identity theft is on the rise and unfortunately, is to be expected. Verity has always made it known that we are a credit union “where you truly matter” and this means protecting and educating our members in fraud and identity theft prevention. One way for Verity to do this is by hosting Shred-A-Thons to benefit the surrounding branches’ community.

What is a Shred-A-Thon? Read on for details and an update on our Saturday, June 13, event.

Shred-A-Thons provide the surrounding communities of Verity the ability to rid their lives of the increasing personal and sensitive paper information (credit card pre-approvals, miscellaneous mail, old financial records etc.) in a safe and secure way. We do this by hiring a large shredder or shred-truck to be on-site at selected branches so that the community can bring their bags and boxes of sensitive paper waste to be destroyed properly, eliminating the worry and risk of possible fraud or identity theft.

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On Saturday, June 13th, Verity hosted its 3rd annual Shred-A-Thon at its Beacon Hill and Alderwood Branches. The events kicked off at 10:00 am and continued steadily through the business day (shred-a-thons end at 2:00 pm or until the truck is full).

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In addition to providing a resource to destroy sensitive paper waste we utilize Shred-A-Thons as a way to help the local food banks raise money and non-perishable food items. To have Verity assist in shredding your sensitive information, we simply ask for a mere $5 donation to the local food bank or to donate as many non-perishable food items as possible. No amount of shred is too much and no donation is too high. As stated above, the current recession has left many families in need of a little extra assistance in providing for their loved ones.

Both events were a grand success with Alderwood raising $466 in monetary donations and a barrel of food for the Lynnwood Food Bank and Beacon Hill raising $524.01 and a barrel of food for the Beacon Ave Food Bank. Of course, the success of each Shred-A-Thon could not have happened without the help and assistance provided by the following volunteers or Shred-IT (our shredder provider for the past 3 years and counting):

Joe Lancaster (Alderwood Branch Shred-A-Thon Organizer)
Courtney Ilsley (Beacon Hill Branch Shred-A-Thon Organizer)
Andrea Martineau (Verity Volunteer)
Kathy Karrasch (Verity Volunteer) and son Ryan
Clayton Aderhold (brother of Verity Employee Katie Stevenson)
Hector Montano (Verity Volunteer)
Vivian Valencia (Verity Volunteer)
Pete Spalding (Verity Volunteer)
To all members and their surrounding communities for their participation and donations

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