In 2003, Lorin Kline graduated from Whittell High School in South Lake Tahoe, California having founded a Key Club along with her sister and assuming the charter presidency. This was the first community service organization of any kind at her school, and although it was not Lorin’s first foray into serving the community, it was the first stop on a road of excellence she continues to travel.
Upon arriving at Washington University in St. Louis, Lorin volunteered in service projects before classes even started through a pre-orientation program, Leadership Through Service in St. Louis (LTS). This intensive, four-day program introduces freshmen to social justice issues in St. Louis and ways they can use their leadership ability to serve the community. Lorin maintained her commitment to this program in 2004 and 2005 by becoming a program coordinator and by launching and chairing the LTS Alumni in Action program. Through Alumni in Action, Lorin and other former LTS alumni worked with Lift For Life Academy, an urban school for at-risk youth. Thanks to Lorin’s leadership and vision, over 50 of these youth and their drum line were featured at WUSTL’s Relay For Life, and they worked closely with LTS alumni to raise hundreds of dollars for the American Cancer Society.
Lorin also has a strong passion for eradicating hunger and poverty. She is highly dedicated to Operation Food Search, where she volunteers in the food warehouse and as a teaching assistant in their education program. Lorin assists with public outreach and edits for Whats Up Magazine, which includes work in idea development and implementation for their Homeless Empowerment Project. Finally, Lorin serves as WUSTL’s delegate to the National Student Campaign Against Hunger and Homelessness.
As Lorin continues to give back to her community in the many ways noted above, she is also deeply involved in Alpha Phi Omega National Co-ed Community Service Fraternity and the St. Louis Area Dance Marathon (a 12-hour fundraising event for Children’s Miracle Network). Kaitlin Mattos, her nominator, describes Lorin’s spirit best when she states, “She does not do any of this service because she feels obligated; rather, she does it with a true inner compassion and need to share with those who might need the influence of such a strong individual.”