Thursday, February 1, 2007

My new volunteer position

On Tuesday night after work, I met with the two co-founders of a nonprofit called Frameworks Community Development Corporation to talk about the future of their organization, my future, and how we can mesh the two together. I'm very happy to announce that I have been brought on board.

This is a relatively new startup which was founded in 2004. The underlying tenet of FCDC is to get poor folks into affordable housing, but this really encompasses all manor of financial education. The group originally caught my attention when I saw a position for a financial literacy instructor, which caused me to research the mission of the organization a little further.

I must say, this is one ambitious group (suits my style these days), and it was almost hard to believe the number of tasks they have undertaken already. Aside from the financial literacy classes, this small startup also does everything from host a weekly radio show on an FM channel to planning an entire mixed use development site for low income people. I hope to jump into the thick of it soon by helping to forge partnerships with banks and other lenders, hopefully secure new funds, and eventually perhaps taking on more of a leadership role as we branch out into new arenas. And perhaps the best part is that I will be able to continue my involvement over the internet, even when I move to Boston and on to London. I couldn't ask for more!

I think a startup like this will really allow me to show my true sharp contrast to the thick bureaucracy I experience at work. Speaking of work, things have been a tad stressful lately, and I have to say, this past week has only affirmed my decision that it is time to go. In the meantime though, the fact that I work a compressed work week (which affords me every other Monday off) will really help out at FCDC, since I will be working with lenders who keep banking hours.

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