About this Project
Wouldn't it be great to have an app to help find AA meetings nearby, wherever you are? We think so! This project is a first step in that direction.
It can be a hassle to find AA meetings. First, you have to find the website for your area. If you're near a border, it might not be clear which website has the closest meetings. Sometimes the site, app or printed guide you're looking at is out of date. Or perhaps it's not even the 'official' list.
It's worse if you're traveling, because you probably have limited time, local knowledge, and transportation options. Once you find the right list, you might find it's in an unfamiliar format, and grouped by unfamiliar neighborhoods.
For newcomers, finding a meeting can be daunting when they encounter unclear terminology, such as meeting codes, that require prior knowledge of the program.
Sometimes these sites are not formatted properly for mobile devices. Most AA websites get more than twice as many visitors from handheld devices as from traditional PCs.
This project is an attempt to standardize meeting information so that it's always readily available on your device, up to date, and clearly and consistently formatted. Additionally, the apps provide tools such as easy links to driving directions and tools to share meetings by email or text message.
How It Works
Meeting information changes constantly. This system updates its database by scanning the latest information from compatible official area websites twice daily. To read more about the process, see Get Connected.
Who Is Responsible?
This project is developed and operated as an A.A. service project by unpaid A.A. member volunteers. We have formed a small 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation so that our operations may be supported by contributions from A.A. members as per A.A.'s 7th Tradition.
We are licensing all technology and data for free to A.A.W.S. to support a new meeting finder on aa.org and a new A.A.W.S. mobile app. Our hope is that when this A.A.W.S. app launches that it will appear as a free update Meeting Guide and that we will wind down operations and dissolve the nonprofit.
Concerned about how the app fits with the 12 Traditions of A.A.? See Concerns.
How Can I Help?
There are several ways you can help out!
- Leave a ★★★★★ review in the iOS or Google Play store. We appreciate the support.
- Reach out to unconnected intergroups and encourage them to get connected.
- Spread the word by telling people about the app, or linking to us.
- Contribute your expertise. We're looking for people who can help with graphic design, programming (Angular2 in particular), and organization-building.
- Donate and help us be self-supporting.