Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar today joined Mary Jo Copeland at the White House today for a ceremony where President Obama awarded Copeland the “Presidential Citizens Medal,” the second-highest civilian honor, for her charitable work. Copeland founded Sharing and Caring Hands, the Minneapolis-based non-profit that provides care, shelter and food to those in need.

"Mary Jo Copeland has devoted her life to caring for the homeless in Minnesota and has been a strong voice for those who too often are not heard,” said Klobuchar“Mary Jo is a shining example of the strong tradition of service in our state, and I was proud to be at the President’s ceremony today recognizing her tireless work."

Copeland started Sharing and Caring Hands in 1985. She was one of 18 people honored at the White House today. She was selected out of 6,000 other nominees. This is the second time she has received Presidential recognition for her work. President George W. Bush also acknowledged Copeland as a leader in faith-based charitable initiatives.