Media Contact: Matt Burnam (310) 752-4400, ext. 245 [email protected] Shred Away Identity Theft for Children and Adults Local Water and Power Community Credit Union Earth Day events offer free paper shredding and financial education for National Credit Union Youth Month WHAT: Water and Power Community Credit Union (WPCCU) will host free environmentally friendly paper shredding events for the public at its four branch locations. Identity theft has been on the rise for the past 14 years and adults are not the only ones falling victim to this crime. According to the Identity Theft Assistance Center, one in 40 families with children under 18 has had at least one child’s personal information compromised. A child’s social security number can be used by identity thieves to open lines of credit, order utility services, rent property and for tax fraud. Shredding sensitive and confidential documents is an easy way for consumers to protect themselves from identity theft. WPCCU invites the community to bring boxes of paper clutter to be securely shredded and then recycled. In honor of National Credit Union Youth Month, attendees will learn about the credit union’s free resources that help members teach children about responsible financial habits. Attendees can bring up to five boxes or bags of paperwork, including bank and financial statements, receipts, tax records, school records and any sensitive documents, for easy, safe and secure shredding. Giveaways will include eco-friendly grocery tote bags, while supplies last. WHEN: Saturday, Apr. 18; Wednesday, Apr. 22 (Earth Day); Thursday, Apr. 23; and Saturday, Apr. 25 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. WHERE: Saturday, Apr. 18 Westchester 8800 S. Sepulveda Blvd. (at La Tijera) Westchester, CA 90045 Thursday, Apr. 23 Northridge/Granada Hills North Hills Plaza Shopping Center 16840 Devonshire St. Granada Hills, CA 91344 Wednesday, Apr. 22 Downtown/Sunset 1053 W. Sunset Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90012 Saturday, Apr. 25 Sun Valley 8413 Laurel Canyon Blvd. Sun Valley, CA 91352 WHY: Water and Power Community Credit Union is observing April as National Credit Union Youth Month and Earth Month. Last year’s event shredded more than 10,000 lbs. of sensitive documents and materials. VISUALS: Huge garbage cans of paper poured into shred trucks; residents bringing boxes of paper clutter to be shredded; families enjoying themselves with games, giveaways and advice from onsite financial representatives; bright tents and tablecloths; food trucks with food for sale. Paper Shredding Event at WPCCU Sunset Branch Location ### About Water and Power Community Credit Union Founded in 1936, Water and Power Community Credit Union is a full-service financial cooperative celebrating 79 years of service in the Los Angeles area. The credit union has more than 32,000 members, and holds more than $522 million in assets. Under its California State Charter, WPCCU members come from the employee and retiree associations of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, more than 60 other sponsor organizations, and others, who live, work, attend college, or worship in the greater Los Angeles area. For more information, visit www.wpcu.org or call (800) 300-9728. WPCCU is federally insured by the National Credit Union Administration.