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Any other better programs than Yahoo or Google Groups?

Original post made by Room Parent, Another Palo Alto neighborhood, on Sep 1, 2010

As Room Parent, I have to start a group for our classroom. I used Yahoo in the past and was not satisfied so I switched to Google and it was even worse. Why don't these huge companies put a little effort into making them more user-friendly?

For electronic invitations, I found pingg to be much superior to evites and I am hoping there is a group which which is better than Yahoo or Google.

Thanks for any ideas.

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Posted by Me Too
a resident of Midtown
on Sep 2, 2010 at 7:41 am

UptoUs - Web Link - is a Palo Alto-based company that might fit the bill (I am not affiliated with the company). From their FAQ:

UpToUs was built by parents for parents and educators to communicate and organize kids' activities. Classrooms parents, PTA members, coaches, teachers, scouts leaders, day care center directors, you name it - if you need to communicate with groups and parents, and wish to foster a community environment, UpToUs is for you!

Good luck.

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Posted by palo alto mom
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Sep 2, 2010 at 7:59 am

I personally find UpToUs pretty non-intuitive and awkward to use.

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Posted by JLS Parent
a resident of JLS Middle School
on Sep 2, 2010 at 9:10 am

It may not be exactly what you want, but JLS has been using VolunteerSpot, which is free and seems to work fine. Web Link

It shows a calendar of volunteering opportunities with the number of people required and how many spots are filled and unfilled. It then sends out automatic email reminders the day before.

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