Credit union helps community safely ‘clean up’

Discover why this Parkrose-based financial nonprofit again helped folks securely get rid of documents, old electronics, and bottles and cans …

At the PNWFCU “Shred Day”, Jeff Herzog of Shred-it helps Judy France unload documents to be securely destroyed.

Story and photos by David F. Ashton

Again this year, people from the northern area of outer East Portland were coming to the home office of Pacific Northwest Federal Credit Union (PNWFCU) to shred documents and drop off their outdated electronic equipment, on April 22.

PNWFCU Business Development Specialist Judy Kennedy shows the donations of deposit-returned bottles and cans that will help support the Parkrose High Senior All-night Party.

“You know what today is, right?” asked PNWFCU Business Development Specialist Judy Kennedy as she greeted our arrival.

“It’s ‘Earth Day’!” Kennedy prompted. “And, we’re celebrating it by providing this free service to help our credit union members and our neighborhood communities safely dispose of documents of all kinds – especially those that might contain information that identity thieves are seeking.”

Harold Smith, from the PNWFCU “IT” Department, shows some of the electronics products about to be recycled.

Some financial institutions focus solely on depositing money of customers and charging for pecuniary services. “But, it’s always been important to PNWFCU to give back to our community, and to give back to our members,” Kennedy told East Portland News.

“We are a not-for-profit organization, so this is what we believe in. We believe in giving back to our community and who are members,” she added

To learn more about this community-centered credit union, see their official website: CLICK HERE.

Eric Keyser and Brad Heinrichs strip old manuals from binders for shredding.

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