Empower, a Niagara County-based not-for-profit service provider, is offering document shredding services at its Empties for Empower location, 4701 Military Road. The service is provided by people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, who are paid for their work.
Individuals, small businesses and nonprofit organizations can take their documents to Empower for shredding. The hours of operation are 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Documents are stored in a secure location per New York state regulations to protect customers' privacy. Fees for this service are 55 cents/per pound or $8 per bankers box of documents.
Each year, Empower helps 1,000 people with and without disabilities through a variety of programs and services. With 300 employees and a $14 million budget, Empower is one of Western New York's 60 largest nonprofit organizations. The administrative offices, preschool and community clinic are located on Lockport Road in the Town of Niagara. The job training and day programs division is based in the Town of Niagara and in the Town of Wheatfield, while residential facilities are located throughout Niagara County.
Licensed by the New York State Office for People with Developmental Disabilities and the New York State Education Department, Empower is an affiliate of the Cerebral Palsy Associations of New York state. Empower earned a three-year quality assurances accreditation from the Council on Quality and Leadership in 2018.