Dumpster-diving Identity thieves stymied by outer East Portland businesses

Discover why Rose City Associates and Pacific Northwest Credit Union both provided free ‘Community Shredding’ days …

Car after car pulls up to this “Shred Day” event, hosted in outer East Portland by Rose City Associates.

Story and photos by David F. Ashton
Just six days apart, two community-minded businesses hosted free document-shredding events to help keep trash-sifting identity thieves from getting their hands on business and personal papers.

Shred day at Rose City Associates

Richard Sorem of Rose City Associates dumps financial documents to be shredded, while Darwin Rassi with AccuShred NW  and Pete Lackner of Rose City Associations look on.

“This is the second year that Bob Asher, Pete Lackner, and I have hosted a free shredding event,” said Rich Sorem of Rose City Associates, at their office located at 10011 SE 101st Ave. (off SE Division Street) on April 13.

The event was widely promoted among members of the East Portland Chamber of Commerce, of which Sorem is a past president.

Darwin Rassi with AccuShred NW sends another batch of documents up and into the powerful shredder.

“We’re working with one of our clients, AccuShred NW; and Met Life, one of our carriers, is sponsoring this event,” Sorem said. “We all decided it would be a good way to give back to the community we serve.

Sometimes, it can be difficult to find a secure way to protect one’s identity after tax time, Sorem added. “It’s a simple idea, but judging by the number of people who have come by – this is a valuable service we’re providing today.”

Pacific Northwest Federal Credit Union’s
shredding and recycling day

Pedro Urzua and Curtis Williams of Cintas Document Management fill another roll-can – containing documents ready for destruction by their truck’s powerful shredder, at the Pacific Northwest Federal Credit Union event.

Far to the north in Parkrose, Pacific Northwest Federal Credit Union (PNWFCU) held their annual shredding and recycling event on April 19.

Folks pulled up to their mid-County corporate offices, located at 12106 NE Marx Street, off NE 122nd Avenue, with bags, boxes, and folios of documents.

“This shredding is not just for our credit union members,” PNWFCU VP Marketing and Member Services Dana Eaton told East Portland News.

PNWFCU VP Marketing and Member Services Dana Eaton and Community Representative Judy Kennedy dump used electronic products, ready to be recycled.

“Importantly, we feel, we’ve opened it to members of our community,” Eaton explained.

“We do this every year, because we care about our community; and we’re a member-owned institution. We’re also helping to prevent electronics from going into the landfill, and disposing of them safely.”

Participant David Berk says he looks forward to his credit union’s annual shred day event.

“This is great!” commented David Berk, as he unloaded cases of documents to be shredded. “I watched out for the day, and made it a point to circle the date on my calendar. I appreciate their helping to reduce the possibility of identity theft.”

In addition, they were also asking folks to bring deposit-return bottles and cans. “The funds collected when these containers are recycled go to support the Parkrose Outdoor School Program,” Eaton said.

We salute our local outer East Portland businesses who show they care about the community by holding these events!

© 2013 David F. Ashton ~ East Portland News


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