Get Into Service

Hello district 3 members. We have been given a great gift of freedom from the insanity, incarceration, illness or early death that is the usual conclusion of the alcoholic life. Step twelve encourages every one of us to “carry the message to the alcoholic who still suffers”. In this way we repay a debt of gratitude and ensure that A.A. will be there for the generations to come. Below is a list of current service opportunities. It is a great place to see what is needed in our district and to get involved. If you know of a service opportunity that could be posted here, please email webmaster@aadistrict3.org

 

  • Joint Correctional Facilities. The GSO (General Service Office) is looking for more men to correspond with inmates at our local correctional institutes. If you are interested contact info@aadistrict3.org Note: The prisons are very strict when it comes to commitments coming in. One week, the group was 3 minutes late and they weren’t allowed to enter the facility. They have strict dress codes to adhere to as well.
  • Become a General Service Representative (GSR) for your home group if they don’t have one. This is a wonderful opportunity to see how A.A. works beyond the group level. Be your group’s liaison to the district, area, region and world.
  • Take a service position at the district level. This is not only open to G.S.R.’s. Any member of AA can volunteer to be of service at the district level. It is time for job rotations again and the district needs a new chairperson, secretary, and treasurer. This is a great way to stay informed and give back. It takes one evening a month!
  • Take a meeting to the Bristol County Jail. Many incarcerated individuals belong in the rooms of A.A. but don’t have access. Consider reaching out to fellow alcoholics who are behind bars. For more information on this, contact speakers@aadistrict3.org.
  • Take a meeting to St. Luke’s Psychiatric Ward. Many of us alcoholics wind up with depression and other mental / emotional problems. For example,the suicide rate among alcoholics is about ten times that of the general population. To learn more about taking a meeting to a closed psychiatric facility, contact speakers@aadistrict3.org.
  • Work with newcomers being released from area treatment facilities. Although many in A.A. come directly to our meetings for help, some come by way of treatment facilities that give them some introductory counseling, education and possibly detoxification. If you are available to be a point of contact for someone leaving treatment and are willing to help them get oriented to local A.A,. consider volunteering through Bridge The Gap. This is a service that connects treatment patients with area A.A.’s prior to release. The idea is to serve as a bridge between the safety of treatment and the A.A lifeline. Don’t let the newly sober fall through the gap. Fill out this form and send to the stated address. They will make it available to area treatment centers when the need arises.
  • Work with area professionals. Currently, Area 30 is partnering with distircts and home groups to launch and initiative called “Adopt a Doctor”. Individual members can offer valuable information about A.A. to their doctors and therapists by providing A.A. literature and contact information. Click on the following to download a list of recommended pamphlets, a form letter, and an “about A.A.” article to give to professionals. The latest “AA for Professionals Newsletter” can be found here.
  • Work with the Public Information Committee.  In all public relations, A.A.’s sole objective is to help the still suffering alcoholic. Always mindful of the importance of personal anonymity we believe this can be done by making known to him, and to those who may be interested in his problems, our own experience as individuals and as a Fellowship in learning to live without alcohol. We believe that our experience should be made available freely to all who express sincere interest. We believe further that all efforts in this field should always reflect our gratitude for the gift of sobriety and our awareness that many outside A.A. are equally concerned with the serious problem of alcoholism.

    As our co-founder Bill W. wrote:

    Public Information takes many forms – the simple sign outside a meeting place that says “A.A. meeting tonight;” listing in local phone directories; distribution of A.A. literature; and radio and television shows using sophisticated media techniques. Whatever the form, it comes down to “one drunk carrying the message to another drunk,” whether through personal contact or through the use of third parties and the media.


    For those A.A. members who decide to speak about A.A. at a non-A.A. meeting….you assume a serious responsibility. Even though you are careful to explain that you are not speaking for A.A. as a whole, many members of the audience will base their good or bad opinion of the Fellowship on what is said and how it is said. The reaction of nonalcoholic listeners and their consequent referring or failure to refer alcoholics to A.A. may someday mean the difference between life and death to still-suffering alcoholics.

    If you are interested in volunteering for this kind of service, contact pi@aaemass.org

 

Of course other ways to be of service to A.A and to carry the message include:
  • Speaking at A.A. meetings
  • If your group is a Speaker Meeting, participate in outgoing commitments
  • Participate in area workshops, events or conventions. You can find information on these here.
  • Attend meetings and give back what has been so freely given.
  • Performing a job or duty in your home group
  • Reaching out to a newcomer
  • Sponsoring others
  • Staying sober ourselves and carrying the message
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