Just Between Friends Debuts Next Generation of Community Connectivity; Parents, PTAs Share Information More Quickly, Effectively Than Ever

Jun 16, 2010, 08:00 ET from Just Between Friends

PITTSBURGH, June 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Just Between Friends (www.justbetweenfriends.com), an emerging leader in helping membership-based groups communicate among their members more effectively, today introduced the next generation of its browser-based software suite, making it easier than ever for parents and local PTAs to share information in a timely and useful manner.

The companies made the announcement at the 114th Annual National PTA Convention and Exhibition, held last week in Memphis.

The new version of the software incorporates major changes suggested by PTA parents around North America, making Just Between Friends even more responsive and effective in keeping parents and PTAs in sync.  Among the changes:

  • Simplified navigation gets most jobs done in just a few clicks
  • New, specialized tools for easier volunteer tracking and reporting
  • An improved help system, including features specifically requested by PTA members
  • Better branding, including PTA and local school logos; clearly identifies the school and promotes loyalty
  • More easily generated reports on key tasks

"I was very pleased with the demo of the next generation of Just Between Friends.  I think the service will be much more user friendly and our members will be more apt to use Just Between Friends," said Gracemarie Rozea, of the New York State PTA.  "It is reassuring to know that those at Just Between Friends take suggestions that are shared with them seriously and take action," she added. Rozea recently joined local PTA leaders from six states, as well as the National PTA, at Just Between Friends headquarters in Pittsburgh for a preview of the new software.

Just Between Friends helps local PTAs and other community-based groups, like churches and sports leagues, communicate more effectively, while maintaining a top priority on the personal privacy so important to families.  Local group leaders can correspond directly with their members, either through group e-mails or individually.   Individual calendars can also be created, allowing members to quickly view upcoming meetings and other activities.  From creating directories, member lists or rosters, to communicating with your community and volunteer management, Just Between Friends handles the full range of communications through a single, easy-to-use browser interface.

"By listening to the people who have made Just Between Friends an integral part of their lives, we have incorporated additions and changes that will make the system even better than it has been in the past," said David Radin, Just Between Friends' president.  "The result will be PTAs that more effectively serve their school communities by ensuring that parents are continually informed on the latest news, and ways they can help improve the environment at their children's school, enhancing their ability to receive a quality education."

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