For Immediate Release
March 8, 2002
President Bush to Recognize Floridian for Record of Service
ST. PETERSBURG, FLORIDA -- On his arrival in St. Petersburg, Florida, today, President George W. Bush will meet with Roxanne Hunt, a first-year officer with the City of Pinellas Park Police Department and alumnus of the AmeriCorps program. The President will recognize Officer Hunt as an example of the lifetime commitment to service he is hoping to instill in all Americans. In his State of the Union address, President Bush called on all Americans to dedicate at least two years -- the equivalent of 4,000 hours -- to service to their communities, our country and the world. As he visits communities across the nation, President Bush is recognizing men and women who are answering the call to service.
Hunt served for one year as an AmeriCorps volunteer in Pinellas County, Florida. During her service with AmeriCorps, Hunt was assigned to the City of Largo Police Department, where she led environmental clean-up and car safety programs for children as well as the department's annual bicycle safety program.
Hunt began volunteering with community organizations as a member of her local Girl Scouts troop. She has worked on several projects to clean-up Florida's waterways and with Metropolitan Ministries in Tampa to serve food to the homeless during the holidays.
Part of the White House, the USA Freedom Corps is working to encourage all Americans to respond to President Bush's call to service through federal service opportunities such as the newly created Citizen Corps, AmeriCorps, Senior Corps and Learn and Serve America programs at the Corporation for National and Community Service, and the Peace Corps. Interested volunteers can find information on USA Freedom Corps opportunities at www.usafreedomcorps.gov or 1-877-USA-Corps.