Friday, March 30, 2018

Volunteer Spotlight – Allison Parker

Welcome to the second installment of MyAIMA!

Focusing on the sharing component of our tagline [Network, Share, Learn], this series serves as a way to share stories from board members, volunteers, and members about their experiences with AIMA over the years.

This month we sat down with volunteer, Allison Parker for a little Q&A.

Q: How long have you been a volunteer?
A: I’ve been volunteering with AIMA since November 2016

Q: Why do you volunteer?
A: I volunteer because I want to be empty when I leave this world. I could hold all of my time, money and gifts to myself but how would that benefit anyone? We’ve all been gifted with talents and passion, how we share them with the world it is what matters most.

Q: What do you like about AIMA/being a volunteer?
A: I love that we get to connect with so many great companies in the Atlanta area. Celebrate ATL would have to be my favorite event because it provides an opportunity to spotlight amazing work being done in our backyard.

Q:  Career aspirations?
A: In the next 5 years, I would love to be an Events/Marketing Director or a Sign Language Interpreter full time. I really love the culture and would love to serve the Deaf community with my gift.

Q: Anything else interesting you want to share — hidden talent/passion?
A: I’m very passionate about American Sign Language and hope to be able to make a career of it in the next 3-7 years.

About Allison

Atlanta native, Allison PParker graduated from Georgia State University in 2014 with a bachelor’s degree in Journalism minoring in African American Studies. She started her career at Radio One Atlanta in 2014 and transitioned to the Atlanta Business Chronicle in November 2017 as the Events Coordinator.

She loves being active and staying engaged in the community. She has participated in numerous community programs including the Douglas County Sheriff’s Dept. Citizen’s Law Enforcement Academy. During her downtime, she enjoys reading and laying around the house watching Law & Order SVU and spending time with her college sweetheart/husband, Kenneth and their dog, Bronco. In the upcoming years, Allison hopes to be back at GSU studying American Sign Language.