Being a Meetup organizer comes with many rewards
Learning new skills, honing old ones, achieving specific goals, and forming forever friendships—communities have the power to give back.
Yvonne, organizer of NYC Tiny House Build: Empowering Women/Girls Meetup, started her Meetup group after spending time wondering why she didn’t know how to use the tools she saw in her favorite home improvement show. She posted her first Meetup event with a simple premise in mind: Who wants to use a mortar saw with me?
“I was a little afraid to use a mortar saw. So having these other women here helped me and made me feel like I wasn’t in this by myself. We were going to learn to do this together!”
Many events later, her members wield mortar saws (and many other tools) with confidence. The rewards of her community have multiplied and evolved. “I started out saying we’re gonna learn how to use tools,” Yvonne said. “Now, we’re going to build a vehicle by which other women are going to learn from these women how to use tools.”
Jace and Yasmin started Brick Oven Brooklyn with a singularly defined goal: find an available brick oven, and start cooking with other people. What started as a niche interest turned into a community that grew so much their single brick oven could no longer take the heat.
They worked together to crowdfund a bigger oven, and now they’re able to host open baking events where anyone in their community can bring something to cook. The small cooking community they hoped to create has expanded to include anyone in the neighborhood that has something cook! Their current record is 94 pizzas in 3 hours.
Not every Meetup organizer has the goal to make something new. Sometimes, communities are made around rediscovering something you used to love. Ryan created North Brooklyn Brass Band Collective to find other casual musicians who missed their high school band instruments. His only hope was to find an outlet for his music degree. Less than a year later, his group has grown from Sunday afternoon jam sessions to parade gigs. Ryan said “I have not, since school marching band, ever been a part of a group of such amazing and musical human beings. This Meetup [group] has become more than just a weekend activity; it’s actually become a family.“