I am responsible…When anyone, anywhere, reaches out for help, I want the hand of A.A. always to be there. And for that: I am responsible.
Unity. Recovery. Service.
The 3 pillars of AA are Unity, Recovery and Service. Having a service position in AA is an important part of sober life. Many sponsors require it, and it is a great way to get to know people if you are new. Different groups have different needs, so go to many groups until you find where you fit.
Service Basics —
- Go to many different AA meetings and find out which groups need help.
- Learn about the different positions available, what is required, and if there is a sobriety requirement. Some positions, like chairperson, require you to have a certain amount of clean time before you can take it on. Other service positions include secretary, treasurer, coffeemaker, room-setup, room cleanup, greeter, and general service representative (GSR).
- At many meetings, even if one of these service positions isn’t available, they may still need and welcome your help.
- Once you find out what is available, volunteer yourself for the position you think will be best for you.
- Go to the group elections. If you are elected, start coming to the group early. Do the job to the best of your ability.
- Try to keep the position for at least 6 months to a year, depending on how the group works.
District-43 Needs You!
Our District is always seeking volunteers:
- General Service Representatives (GSRs). Many District 43 groups currently do not have an active GSR. Ask your home-group chairperson if a GSR position is available. But you don’t have to be a GSR to attend District 43 meetings.
- To find the next District Meeting, Click Here.
- Join one of our super Subcommittees:
- The Archives Subcommittee
- Corrections and Institutions Subcommittee
- Cooperation with the Professional Community Subcomittee
- Public Informations Subcommittee
- Structure Subcommittee
- Vistiation Subcommittee
- You can read more about subcommittees in our Structure Manual.
- District 43 currently has service opportunities available in 7 of our local prisons and/or institutions. For more information on meeting times, locations, restrictions, requirements, and applications, please read this: CORRECTIONS & INSTITUTIONS FAQ.
- Volunteers to meet with teens convicted of underage drinking. This is part of the Centre County Youth Offender’s Program (YOP). There is no formal application process for this volunteer position. Currently volunteers meet with teens on Thursday evenings, but also have the opportunity to meet on Sundays if interested.
- Much More! If you need AA volunteers, please email the district and let us know how we can help promote and fill your volunteer positions.
“Our Twelfth Step –carrying the message– is the basic service that the A.A. Fellowship gives; this is our principal aim and the main reason for our existence. Therefore, A.A. is more than a set of principles; it is a society of alcoholics in action. We must carry the message, else we ourselves can wither and those who haven’t been given the truth my die.
Hence an A.A. service is anything whatever that helps us reach a fellow sufferer –ranging all the way from the Twelfth Step itself to a ten-cent phone call and a cup of coffee, and th A.A.’s General Service Office for national and international action. The sum total of all these services is our Third Legacy of Service.
Services include meeting places, hospital cooperation, and intergroup offices; they mean pamphlets, books, and good publicity of almost every description. They call for committees, delegates, trustees, and conferences. And, not to be forgotten, they need voluntary money contributions from within the Fellowship.”
~ Bill W.