For Immediate Release
March 16, 2002
President Bush to Recognize St. Louis Man for His Dedication to Service
President George W. Bush will be greeted by Derek Rapp, a local
businessman and founder of St. Louis Cares when he arrives in St. Louis
on Monday. President Bush will recognize Rapp 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--in service to their communities, our country and the
world. President Bush is recognizing men and women from around the
country who are answering the call to service as part of his USA
Freedom Corps initiative.
In 1999, Rapp founded St. Louis Cares to meet the St. Louis
community's growing need for short-term volunteer opportunities. St.
Louis Cares offers one-time volunteer opportunities to people with busy
schedules. In coordination with the United Way of Greater St. Louis,
St. Louis Cares has helped more than 2,400 volunteers accomplish nearly
President Bush created the USA Freedom Corps office at the White
House to foster an American culture of service, citizenship and
responsibility. Through the USA Freedom Corps, President Bush wants to
help every American answer the call to service by strengthening and
expanding service opportunities to protect our homeland, support our
communities and extend American compassion around the world.
Interested volunteers can find information on the USA Freedom Corps at
www.usafreedomcorps.gov or by calling 1-877-USA-Corps.