SACRAMENTO, Calif., November 8, 2011—A free community shred event hosted by The Golden 1 Credit Union on October 22 at the credit union’s Operations Center helped approximately 3,000 individuals by shredding their private and confidential documents, CDs and floppy disks.
More than 167,000 pounds of confidential information was destroyed on site by Iron Mountain, which then took the shredded remnants to be recycled. Since 2006, shredding events held by Golden 1 have destroyed more than 764,000 pounds of documents that contain personal and private information.
Golden 1 community shredding events are an innovative way to help people protect themselves from identity theft and other related crimes. Documents that contain sensitive information, such as Social Security numbers, are often targeted by thieves who are looking to commit fraud.
"The Golden 1 Credit Union is committed to helping people protect their identities," says Donna A. Bland, Golden 1's President and CEO. "Our shredding events, as well as our services such as Online Statements, help keep personal and private information out of mailboxes and recycle bins, which thieves can search in order to steal someone's identity."
The Golden 1 community shred event was recently commended by The California Credit Union League, which chose Golden 1 to receive the Dora Maxwell Social Responsibility Community Service Award. The award is granted to a credit union for its efforts to improve the lives of members of the community through outreach programs.
The Golden 1 Credit Union is California's leading credit union, with more than 80 branches, $7.4 billion in assets and nearly 600,000 members.
Caption: Employees at Golden 1 Credit Union helped the community by shredding more than 167,000 pounds of private and confidential documents, CDs and floppy disks
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