Shred-A-Palooza Recap

Our first Shred-A-Palooza was a success! On Saturday, April 23rd we held our first annual U of I Community Credit Union Shred-A-Palooza at our First Street branch. This event was also the kick-off to Money Smart Week in Champaign/Urbana.

By 9:00 AM we already had a line for the shred portion of our event, which started at 10:00 AM. The community could bring up to 5 boxes of documents that they no longer needed and we would shred them for free. The goal of these shred events is to prevent identity theft by encouraging people to shred sensitive documents instead of simply throwing them away.

After shredding their documents, we encouraged visitors to check out the “palooza” portion of the event located behind our First Street branch. We had community partners, inflatables, bubbles, food trucks, and even a guest appearance by Dee Brown. We also had an open house in our lobby with free coffee, mugs, and desserts.


We ended up with over 700 people in attendance at this year’s Shred-A-Palooza and filled almost 3 shred trucks. Our next shred event will take place in October 2016, but our next Shred-A-Palooza will not be until April 2017. We hope to see you there!

We would like to say thank you to Dish Passionate Cuisine, Maui Wowi Hawaiian Coffee & Smoothies, Dragon Fire Pizza, Cracked: The Egg Came First, Dee Brown, Stevie Jay Broadcasting, Joyful Bubbles, Action Inflatables, Illini Athletics, Girl Scouts of America, Urbana Farmer’s Market, Champaign Farmer’s Market, U of I Extension, State of Illinois, Campus Police, and United Way.