LRWA Announces New AmeriCorps Volunteer

Caitlin Hoy joins Little River Watershed Association as an AmeriCorps volunteer

The Little River Watershed Association is pleased to announce that Caitlin Hoy has joined the organization as an AmeriCorps Volunteer. “It’s a great privilege to have Caitlin join us in our work to protect the Little River,” said Kim Raia, board chair. “We believe that her energy and enthusiasm will enhance our efforts to reach out to the community.”

Caitlin is originally from Audubon, Pennsylvania, a suburb west of Philadelphia. Sheattended Gettysburg College and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in environmental studies and biology with a concentration in marine and freshwater ecology, and a minor in music. She then moved to Columbia, South Carolina to continue her education in marine science. After a year of graduate work, she decided to join AmeriCorps, which requires dedicating a year of service to helping community needs.

For as long as she can remember, Caitlin has been interested in human impacts on the environment and what she could do to make a difference. During college, these interests escalated when she researched the effects of pharmaceuticals in the environment for her senior thesis. After sharing her results with the scientific community, she realized how important it was to bring this environmental awareness to the public through education. She is excited about joining the Little River Watershed Association in their efforts to educate the community through outreach, volunteer involvement and watershed assessment. “I hope to help the community understand the connection between watershed health and their individual behaviors,” she said.

Caitlin also enjoys playing the violin, going to the beach, fishing, and playing with her dog, Mako.

The Little River Watershed Association is a 501C non-profit organization with the mission to protect, preserve, and enhance the Little River and its tributaries through mobilizing public support, building public awareness and promoting best management practices. The key aims of the Association are to promote educational activities that benefit the river and the watershed; to focus attention on efforts to protect the river; to distribute current information to the community; and to assist citizens in taking positive action.