WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) recently met with Jefferson Award Recipients Jim Taylor and Shannon Longenecker, both of Toledo. Taylor, a Vietnam Veteran, created the DOVE Fund with eight other veterans. Since its establishment, the fund has raised more than $2.5 million to build schools, medical clinics, and clean water systems in Vietnam. Longnecker, a recent graduate of the University of Toledo, founded the International Justice Mision, aimed at support for victims of human trafficking. She also assisted students from other countries in assimilating to the United States and participated in three service missions to Haiti.

   “The Jefferson Awards honor everyday people who work hard to make our state and country a better place to call home,” Brown said. “Mr. Taylor and Ms. Longenecker both deserve enormous praise for their work in bettering America’s future and the Toledo community that they call home.”

The Jefferson Award for Public Service was cofounded by Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Sam Bear, and U.S. Senator Robert Taft, Jr. to honor United States citizens for community and public service.