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OPPORTUNITY FOR TEENS TO EARN COMMUNITY SERVICE HOURS THIS SUMMER

Clerk & Comptroller Puts Out Call for High School Volunteers
During National Volunteer Week

WEST PALM BEACH, FL (April 13, 2011) – High School students can put their summer break to good use while earning community service hours and getting real-life work experience. Palm Beach County’s Clerk & Comptroller is looking for high school students who are at least 15 years old for its volunteer program this summer or year-round. Student volunteers earn community service hours while learning new skills that might spark an interest in a future career.

“We’re pleased to be able to offer a number of young people the opportunity to work side-by-side in a volunteer capacity in various locations throughout the county. Today’s youth are the future leaders and can benefit by learning how government and the justice system work,” said Sharon Bock, Clerk & Comptroller for Palm Beach County.

Volunteer opportunities are available at Clerk’s office locations in West Palm Beach, Palm Beach Gardens, Delray Beach and Belle Glade. Students may be assigned to help in court, financial or administrative departments and may learn numerous skills including data entry, filing of court documents and use of office equipment and software.

“I volunteered last summer,” said Jonathan Tellex, 18 and a senior at Park Vista Community High School in Lake Worth.  “Now, I’m thinking about a career in some aspect of law. The volunteer program through the Clerk & Comptroller’s office definitely had an impact on me.”

Volunteers can set their own hours, and work anytime between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Students between 15 and 17 years old must have parental consent. An application is available on the Clerk’s website at www.mypalmbeachclerk.com/volunteer.aspx. Once accepted into the volunteer program, teens will attend an orientation session before getting their assignment.  The first orientation for teen volunteers is April 29, 2011.

Each year, more than 300 people of all ages volunteer at the Clerk & Comptroller’s office, donating approximately 15,000 hours of service.  It’s estimated that the donated volunteer hours saves taxpayers more than $300,000 annually. The Clerk’s office raises awareness about volunteer opportunities the week of April 10-16, which is National Volunteer Week. To learn more about the volunteer program at the Clerk & Comptroller’s office please visit www.mypalmbeachclerk.com or call (561) 355-4172.

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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