Opportunities for Service
*Service at the District Level
Our District 24, 25/26 and 27 meetings are each indicated on the calendar. All Al-Anon members are encouraged to attend these meetings where Group Representatives, District Representatives, Coordinators and Liaisons come together to find ways of bringing the message of Al-Anon to others through Public Outreach Events; Share-A-Day Events; Workshops; Group Support and more!
When I first came into Al-Anon someone had to tell me that it was okay to say, "No" once in a while. What I learned through service was that it was okay to say "Yes," too. I now know how to give back without giving more than I have to offer. To me, that's a critical part of my recovery both in Al-Anon and in dealing with my loved ones. Al-Anon service has given me more than I could ever give back!
Joyfully in service,
Christine K., White Plains
*Introductory Meeting at St. Vincent's Hospital Needs Volunteers to lead meetings. This is a 12th Step opportunity to introduce family and friends of those admitted to St. Vincent's to the possibility of recovery with Al-Anon. Please consider volunteering for this needed service.
"I have been a very, very grateful member of Al-Anon for nearly 5 years. Have worked the 12 steps w/ an Al-Anon sponsor and am beginning to work the Traditions. I am interested in Al-Anon service beyond the individual group level and am interested in the positions of answering the phones.
Jody B., Mount Kisco"
*Al-Anon Information Service (AIS) Committee Volunteers
AIS maintains this website, does quarterly mailings of announcements, maintains the meeting list, provides public outreach at health fairs, schools and other events, organizes workshops and more.
If you have a commitment to Al-Anon and know the growth that comes in being of service to others... won't you consider this wonderful experience? Many hands make light work. Without AIS, there would be no way for the newcomer to find a meeting. If Al-Anon has helped improve your life, please consider taking this next step in your recovery and help ensure that Al-Anon will be here for the next person!
You can reply to this request at:firstname.lastname@example.org
*12th Step Service
The AIS is in need of telephone volunteers. Volunteers are asked to return calls one-day-per-week for 3 months. They only need to call into the phone service once a day. (E.g. If your day is Tuesday, you only need to check the messages once on Tuesdays for 3 months.) The phone service can be accessed remotely from the comfort of your own home. This is an all important service as it is our way to "carry the message" to potential newcomers and hopefully get them to their first meeting. It is very rewarding and gratifying. If interested, please write: email@example.com and our telephone coordinator, Pat R. will contact you.
We're looking for volunteers for 2013!
*Service at the Group Level
Service is a wonderful opportunity to push your recovery to new heights. Service is also part of our Seventh Tradition which states "Every group ought to be fully self-supporting..." According to our traditions, if the service positions in a group are not filled, the group is not considered to be fully self-supporting. Each Al-Anon group has a number of service positions which usually include Chairperson, Secretary, Treasurer and Literature person. Some groups also have a Program Chair who arranges for speakers to speak at each meeting. Check with your group and see if there are any service positions that need to be filled. Then ... offer to serve! The beauty of giving service in Al-Anon is that by helping others...you help yourself!! Remember, "To keep it, you have to give it away." Please consider giving service at your Al-Anon group.
For those who have already given service at the group level and are ready to think about giving service above the group level, please consider serving at the District level. Our District 24 meetings are listed on the Calendar page.