Friday, July 27, 2007
A six-figure salary at a top investment bank firm in New York would be a dream for many just out of college: the money, the prestige and the possibility. But it all depends how you define "possibility." Josh Tarasoff left that banking job and the lifestyle to which he was accustomed for his own possibility.
What started as volunteering for charity on the weekend turned into a vocation for Tarasoff. Realizing the high-stress lifestyle of working on "The Street" isn't conducive to seeking out philanthropic opportunities, Tarasoff founded Wall Street Volunteers. The organization uses an online database to connect working professionals with the nonprofit world, making it easier for them to volunteer.
"It's not that financiers don't want to volunteer; it's that they didn't have the time to research what to do and where to go," Tarasoff says, aiming to debunk the notion that men and women who work on Wall Street are just concerned with profits. Since beginning in 2003, Wall Street Volunteers has developed links with 35 nonprofit organizations and has attracted 1,600 members seeking to discover, define or redefine their own possibilities.
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