by Pete Iengo, Volunteer Manager
The TWP team has many pleasant and colorful characters turning the gears of sustainability, and this month’s Featured Intern, Cate Stone, is certainly no exception. Having Cate around is a joy. She is a dedicated conservationist with a smile and presence that fills up the room!
Originally from Pennsylvania, Cate was en route to Alaska with her good friends when their magic school bus broke down in Idaho. Revised final destination: Fort Collins!
Soon after Cate discovered TWP here in Fort Collins, she applied and was hired. Serving as National Program Intern, she works closely with Program Director Lacey Gaechter on our new Food Security Program, as well as bringing renewable energy to Native Americans through our Tribal Renewable Energy Program.
“What TWP is doing is pretty incredible!” Cate said when commenting on our community-based approach in Fort Collins and in the other communities we serve. In particular, Cate is referring to the work we do on Native American reservations. It wasn’t until her internship that she began to see for herself the level of poverty that can exist on the reservations of the West. Cate had the opportunity to go to the Pine Ridge Reservation and work with a team of volunteers and our partner Henry Red Cloud on a recent project. “I feel lucky to get to volunteer on the Rez, it makes it all feel real.” she commented on the experience.
We are very lucky to have Cate on board here at TWP! It won’t last forever, though. Cate is excited to get out there and see the world, and aspires to finding a niche in environmental anthropology, focusing on clean water systems in Latin America. Where ever you end up Cate, we know you’ll do great things; thank you for your hard work and dedication!