CLERK BOCK DISTRIBUTES DIAPERS, CELL PHONES TO LOCAL
DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AGENCIES
Clerk & Comptroller’s office employees donate thousands of diapers, collect 547 phones
Photo Caption: (Left to Right) Monique Force, AVDA; John Fattorusso, AVDA; Shandra Dawkins, Florida Resource Center for Women & Children, Inc.; Sharon Bock, Clerk & Comptroller, Palm Beach County; Mary Cauthen, YWCA of Palm Beach County
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WEST PALM BEACH, FLA. (November 8, 2012) – Three domestic violence shelters in Palm Beach County received more than 14,000 diapers donated by Clerk & Comptroller’s office employees and 547 cell phones collected by the office throughout October.
Clerk Sharon Bock distributed the diapers and cell phones on Wednesday to representatives from Aid to Victims of Domestic Abuse, the Florida Resource Center for Women and Children, and the YWCA’s Harmony House. It is the first time that Clerk’s office employees have donated diapers for the shelters, and the seventh year they have collected phones.
“Last year, we asked the agencies what the Clerk’s office could donate in addition to cell phones. They all agreed that diapers were a critical need, and our employees answered the call,” Clerk Bock said. “Giving back to the community is an important part of our culture at the Clerk’s office. I’m so happy we were able to make such a significant donation to these agencies that provide such important services.”
Clerk’s office employees also collected 547 used cell phones during a month-long drive. The drive is part of the Clerk’s office observation of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, which is in October. The three agencies receiving the phones will give them to domestic abuse victims to make emergency calls.
This record-setting collection includes generous donations from Clerk’s office employees, the Sugar Cane Growers Cooperative of Florida and Zeller & Associates, LLC.
In addition to donating 14,576 diapers and 547 phones to the three shelters, the Clerk’s office raised $2,000 for the Domestic Violence Council of Palm Beach County by offering employees the chance to purchase “dress-down days,” which permitted them to dress casually every Wednesday in October.
The diapers and phones were split evenly between AVDA, the Florida Resource Center and Harmony House. The agencies will send the donated phones to be refurbished and then distributed to their clients, who can use them to make emergency calls. The phones also can be connected with service providers so abuse victims – who often arrive at shelters with nothing – can use the phones for other calls as well.
Those phones that can’t be refurbished are recycled, with money going back to the domestic violence agencies.
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’s Domestic Violence Department has many 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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