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CLERK COLLECTING USED CELL PHONES, PHONE CHARGERS FOR DOMESTIC ABUSE VICTIMS

Donated phones will go to three Palm Beach County shelters

WEST PALM BEACH, FLA. (September 29, 2011) – If you’ve got an old cell phone tucked into a drawer at home or at the office, Clerk Sharon Bock wants it – all to benefit victims of domestic abuse.

To mark Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October, Clerk Bock is asking Palm Beach County residents, business owners, government offices and others to donate their used cell phones and phone chargers. Phones can be donated at the Self Service Center on the second floor of the main courthouse in West Palm Beach, or at courthouse branch locations in Delray Beach, Palm Beach Gardens and Belle Glade.

All phones will be distributed among three local domestic violence shelters: Aid to Victims of Domestic Abuse, the Florida Resource Center for Women and Children, and the YWCA’s Harmony House.

“Many victims of domestic abuse arrive at these shelters with nothing,” Clerk Bock said. “Your old phone could be used to make potentially life-saving calls for help, or allow victims to connect with family members to let them know they’re safe.”

Donations will be accepted from October 3 through October 31. A representative from the Clerk’s office also will accept phones and chargers at the sign-in table for the annual Domestic Violence Awareness Month Unity Breakfast, at the Main Courthouse on October 4 at 8:30 a.m. 

After the Clerk’s office delivers the phones to the agencies, they will be refurbished and given by the agencies to their clients. Phones that can’t be refurbished will be recycled, and the recycling proceeds will go back to the domestic violence agencies to help them continue their vital work within the community.

This is the sixth year that the Clerk’s office has collected cell phones for local domestic violence shelters. “Last year, we were able to donate nearly 300 phones to help domestic abuse victims,” Clerk Bock said. “This year, we want to double that amount.”

The Clerk’s office is often a first stop for many domestic abuse victims, who visit the office to file injunctions against their abusers. The Clerk’s office Domestic Violence Department has resources for victims, including information about how to file an injunction or complaint, answers to frequently asked questions, and contact information for agencies that assist domestic abuse victims.

For more information about the Clerk’s office, please visit www.mypalmbeachclerk.com or call (561) 355-2996.

The Florida Constitution established the independent office of the Clerk & Comptroller as a public trustee, responsible for safeguarding public records and public funds. Clerk Sharon Bock is directly elected by and accountable to Palm Beach County residents.  In addition to the roles of Clerk of the Circuit Court, County Recorder and Clerk of the Board of County Commissioners, the Clerk & Comptroller is the Chief Financial Officer, Treasurer and Auditor for Palm Beach County.

 

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