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COVID-19 Details for SMART Volunteers

Recognizing that each state and locality has different regulations at present about face-to-face meetings, we require all SMART volunteers to:

1) Follow all local, state, and federal laws and regulations to determine whether face-to-face meetings are acceptable.

2) Transition to online meetings when face-to-face meetings are not acceptable (and to request assistance from the national office if needed). 

3) Keep the national office updated about the status of your meeting. 


Thank you for your support as we work together during this challenging time. We are processing requests to move face-to-face meetings online as quickly as possible.  We are here to help you convert your local meeting to the online Zoom platform in order to continue to support your participants.


Information to Know:

  • Once complete, we will post your Zoom information on your meeting listing.  Those who search for a meeting in your city and state will be able to locate you.  Your meeting will not be listed on our Online Community Calendar
  • Participants do not need a Zoom account to access the meeting
  • For those unfamiliar with the Zoom platform, training classes and mentoring are being offered by our Online Facilitators
  • The meeting can be accessed using a computer, tablet, or phone
  • If using a tablet or phone, please download the Zoom app

Instructions for Moving Your Meeting Online

Here is what you can do:

1. Complete this form to let us know that you want an online Zoom account. 

2. We would like all facilitators to have a strong understanding of online meetings. Please attend one of the weekly SMART Recovery Online (SROL) meetings, and attend a Zoom Facilitator Training meeting.

  •  You do not need to be a member of SROL to attend these meetings. We are making an exception for these training purposes.
  • Please feel free to attend as many as you need to feel comfortable with the technology.

3.  Once we have created your Zoom account, you will receive an email from Zoom with further information on how to set up your Zoom account. If you do not receive the email in your inbox, please check your spam or junk folder.

4. Once you have activated your account email importantnews@smartrecovery.org so we can setup your reoccurring meeting.  Once completed, all meeting details will be provided to you and updated on the meeting list.

5.  Passing-the-hat in your new Zoom meetings: the custom of passing-the-hat at face-to-face meetings is an important part of the meeting experience for the group members.  Learn how to carry on the tradition in the online environment.  

6.  Familiarize yourself with the basics of using Zoom.


An additional resource page has been created for face-to-face facilitators who are new to hosting online meetings.  This reference tool has all the information needed to prepare for and host an online meeting, in one location.  

Thank you for your dedication to SMART and those who need our support. You, our amazing volunteers, are the backbone of our organization. Without you, we could not stand or move forward. Please take care of yourselves and stay safe.


For general COVID-19 details you can share with your meeting participants, visit: https://www.smartrecovery.org/coronavirus/