Volunteer Spotlight: Catherine

Catherine is a Digital Literacy Volunteer in Ontario County. Though born in Philadelphia and living in Pittsburgh before moving to the Finger Lakes in 2002, Catherine has deep roots in Geneva, with family living and farming in the area since the 1700s. First visiting at ten years old, Catherine immediately knew it was home.

Catherine has a wide range of experience in helping people. Now retired, and a self-proclaimed “geek from way back,” they were excited to see an opportunity to help with computer and digital literacy skills when Literacy Rochester expanded the Digital Literacy program to the Finger Lakes. Catherine is an accomplished photographer and writer with articles and photographs published in Life in the Finger Lakes magazine, Adirondack Life and Taos Magazine, as well as various venues online.

In 2015, Catherine quit their job, sold or gave away their possessions, and started driving around the country. For five years, Catherine stayed with friends they had met online, photographing and writing about the journey for their blog. The goal was to document the lives and stories of the people they met, rather than visiting specific sites – and to walk in the ocean on both coasts. Catherine lived near Taos, New Mexico for one year, before returning to Seneca Lake in 2020 – for good.

Catherine lives in Geneva with their 8-year-old cat.

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