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Find others in your community and band together to help. has designated to help aid the relief efforts for victims of Hurricane Katrina.

Meetups have proven to be fund-raising machines -- and the objective of Hurricane Meetups is to help people pool resources and raise money. Meetup has waived all fees for anyone organizing Hurricane Meetups.

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About was founded in 2002 with the mission of revitalizing community in America. Over 1.6 million people have joined Meetup Groups for more than 4,000 interests. There are Meetups for everyone: Stay at Home Moms, Pug lovers, Italian speakers, Entrepreneurs, Scrapbookers and more. If you can name an interest, chances are high there's a local Meetup Group for it nearby. Meetup Groups meet regularly in cafes, restaurants, living rooms or anywhere else, in 55 countries around the world. Based in New York City, is non-partisan, privately held, and backed by such investors as VC Draper, Fisher Jurvetson and eBay Founder Pierre Omidyar.

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What is

It's how people Find The Others and organize a Meetup.

What's a Meetup?

A local interest group that's organized online and meets regularly offline.

Why do people Meetup?

For community. Sometimes for people-power.

What do people Meetup about?

Most anything. Today's top Meetups are Mom Meetups.

What do people do at

They sign up for a Meetup or free alerts of others that want a Meetup. Then, as more people sign up, someone organizes a Meetup and uses to easily grow and manage it.

How much does it cost?

Alerts are free. Organizing a Meetup costs the Organizer $19/month. Some Organizers share the fee with others, so it's maybe a buck a month per person.

Why use to organize a Meetup?

Because more people will find your Meetup. And to join forces with similar Meetups elsewhere.

Why will more people find my Meetup on

Because is where people are signing up for free Meetup alerts.

Why use after our Meetup has come together?

Because your Meetup can be a great local resource for a long time and more people will find it on

Should I use Evite, YahooGroups, Craigslist, or

Use Evite for a birthday party.

Use YahooGroups for an online mailing list.

Use Craigslist to post an ad that stays up for a day or 2.

Use for Meetups -- to have a great, long-lasting, local offline interest group that keeps growing.

What's the goal?

Make the world friendlier and more people-powered, using revenue to help people Meetup. Imagine everyone having access to a Meetup about most anything everywhere.

Why would 100 million people care about going to Meetups?

Because most of us, at some points in our lives, want to Find The Others, feel more community, and maybe unite for power.


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