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Volunteers Help Ease Foreclosure Backlog and Save Taxpayers
$300,000 Annually

2011 Volunteer Recognition

Photo Caption: Clerk Sharon Bock; Susan Schupp, Realtor and Director of Illustrated Properties Community Partnerships; and other volunteers from Illustrated Properties.

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WEST PALM BEACH, FL (April 11, 2011) – Clerk Sharon Bock will recognize the office’s hundreds of volunteers this week during National Volunteer Week, which is April 10-16. Nearly 300 people volunteer at the Clerk & Comptroller’s office annually, donating their time and saving taxpayer dollars. This year’s volunteers include a team from Illustrated Properties, a South Florida real estate agency whose employees wanted to help ease Palm Beach County’s foreclosure backlog.

“Volunteers support departments that have been severely affected by state-mandated budget cuts and layoffs over the past two years, helping with the heavy workload and saving taxpayer money,” said Clerk Sharon Bock, Palm Beach County’s Clerk & Comptroller. “Last year, our volunteers logged approximately 15,000 hours and saved county taxpayers an estimated $309,658 in donated work hours.”

Volunteers perform basic functions including photocopying and filing—helping to free up clerks for other essential tasks and customer service. Since September, more than 20 volunteers from Illustrated Properties have volunteered service hours in the area of foreclosures.

“Our agents have a long history of volunteering to help our local communities in times of need.  We saw an opportunity to jump in and help our county get through the local real estate foreclosure crisis,” said Susan Schupp, Realtor and Director of Illustrated Properties Community Partnerships. “This community partnership effort is one small way we can all really help the local economy heal faster.”

The Clerk & Comptroller’s office seeks volunteers year-round. There are opportunities for adults wanting to give back to their community, seniors with a lifetime’s worth of experience to share and students who need community service hours. Volunteers set their own hours from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., weekdays, and work in a variety of Clerk locations throughout Palm Beach County.  Visit www.mypalmbeachclerk.com to read about the many benefits of volunteering with the Clerk’s office. Or, call 561-355-4172 for all the details.

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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