November 2017 Volunteer Highlight

Imani Allen

N.C. State Senior, Imani Allen, joined Alliance Medical Ministry this Fall, helping facilitate and teach the Cooking Matters class @ Alliance.  Cooking Matters @ Alliance is offered in partnership with Inter-Faith Food Shuttle.

Imani led the six-week cooking and nutrition course that helps Alliance patients plan, shop, and cook healthy, nutritious, affordable, and delicious meals.

I have always been very interested and involved in community outreach programs so when I was introduced with the opportunity to incorporate my studies into the community, I was very eager to participate

Imani is pursing her bachelor's degree in Nutrition Science with a minor in Africana Studies. She plans to continue on to dental school and hopes to become an pediatric dentist. After dental school, Imani would love to open her own unique practice that, not only works with youth, but specializes in dental work on children with disorders such as Autism and Down's Syndrome. 

Imani was introduced to Alliance through the North Carolina State University Undergraduate Nutrition Coordinator and was very interested in Alliance's work. She has always been interested in community outreach and was excited at the chance to apply her studies to our Cooking Matters program. During her time here, Imani worked with Jesse Crouch, Garden & Wellness Coordinator, to facilitate this interactive and educational nutrition course. Each week was focused on different health aspects and creating healthy meals for participants to try. 

I loved the participants’ willingness to engage and ask questions. They often asked questions that prompted me to do my own research and explore deeper into my nutrition education. I enjoyed that participants helped me to expand on my studies and challenged me to learn more outside of the classroom.

Scott Rostick

Eagle Scout candidate Scott Rostick of Troop 395 completed a great project in which he built two new picnic tables for the Alliance Community Garden.  The tables were made just in time for the community building initiatives planned with the Raleigh Food Corridor Nutrition Hub project in 2018.  Thank you, Scott, for all your hard work!