Protecting one’s financial information from ending up in the wrong hands is becoming more and more difficult. One tool which is very useful in fighting Identity Theft is to securely destroy unneeded personal and financial documents on a regular basis. To help in this effort, State Employees’ Credit Union (SECU) offers document shredding for its members and their neighbors. In 2014, SECU started a statewide document shredding service to provide members with a no-cost, convenient and safe way to destroy unneeded documents. In just a few years this service has grown rapidly to keep up with members’ increasing needs. Shred Day events are scheduled throughout the year at different regional locations around the state. In 2017, SECU held over 120 Shred Day events in North Carolina. At these events over 830,000 pounds of paper, equivalent to almost 7,100 trees, were shredded and recycled. This service saved North Carolinians approximately $142,000.
In May, the McGee’s Crossroads branch teamed up with staff and volunteers from SECU’s Benson and Clayton branches to host a Shred Day for members in their area. Jamerson Pearson, an employee at the Clayton branch, assisted members as they emptied boxes of documents into bins for shredding. “Providing this service allows people who might not have the opportunity, a convenient and secure way to destroy their documents.” Jamerson added, “I enjoy serving the surrounding communities in our area and being part of the positive impact SECU is making. Holding Shred Days is another way SECU puts into action its ‘People Helping People’ philosophy.”