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January 26, 2023

Any Accountants Looking for a Holiday Volunteering Opportunity Should Contact Occupy Wall Street Immediately

You may have noticed that the media coverage of Occupy Wall Street has died down quite a bit in recent weeks. With many Americans going into food-induced comas in late November and with the twilight of the football season fast approaching, several of our fellow citizens simply quit giving a shit every time someone got pepper-sprayed or was caught slobbing out of the W in their Deloitte University t-shirt. Be that as it may, the movement is still out there, marching, chanting and whatnot (at 2 am outside my apartment window last night, in fact).  Here at Going Concern, we've mainly focused on OWS's need for some able-bodied accountants to help tighten up the groups finances. Recently someone representing the group reached out to us directly to inform us that this is still the case:

[T]he finance team is still completely overwhelmed and could use any help the accounting community has to offer.  My sense is there are some dedicated people trying to make it work, but it's challenging and they're swamped with the day-to-day logistics.

In other words, the donation (aka trash) and messenger bags aren't working out to well and many receipts that should be kept for expenses are being used for medicinal purposes. There's a forum dedicated to the topic of OWS's finances but the problem is donations are dwindling fast. But you know what would really help? Someone that can straighten out the group's financial reporting so they can show everyone that the money situation is above board. Here's the criteria from our tipster:

Requires work in evenings and on weekends with sometimes difficult and sometimes contradictory clients having substandard documentation.  Internal management can be contentious and rarely reaches consensus on significant decisions, but still expects results.  Pay will be nothing compared to the effort involved in completing the job.  Good record keeping, organizational and presentation skills a plus, along with experience in setting up cash monitoring systems.
While this might seem like a refreshingly-honest description of a junior accountant position at the Big 4, in fact it's a call for volunteer help from Occupy Wall Street.  The "Finance (Accounting)" group has been putting together cash statements and balance sheets, but needs any assistance the community can provide. 
As it mentions, this really doesn't sound too different from any gig that you've ever worked so if you're Brad Spitzer or someone else looking to expand your business acumen, enjoys a cool evenings in a REI Half-dome, don't have much going for the next couple weeks and have experience that relatively matches the above description, contact OWS at [email protected]. Tell them Going Concern sent you.


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