On Saturday, June 2, An-lin Sloan '21 was presented one of the New Jersey State Governor's Jefferson Awards for Public Service, which celebrate volunteerism. Sloan's award was one of ten in the Ambassador category, which "recognizes individuals whose exemplary volunteer service beyond the borders of New Jersey have made the world a better place for some while reflecting favorably on the people of the Garden State."
In 2014 An-lin Sloan, who was adopted at age one from China by her parents, visited with her family the orphanage where she had spent her first year. Struck by the absence of many modern necessities and childhood basics there, Sloan decided that she wanted to help. The family located a foundation, OneSky, that works with orphanages in China, but the foundation said that to have a dedicated program for Dapu, Sloan's orphanage, she would need to raise $30,000. Otherwise, any funds she raised would go into the foundation's general operating fund.
Sloan decided that working toward that $30,000 goal would be her Bat Mitzvah project. As of the end of 2017, she had raised $62,000.