WHAT IS A CENTRAL OFFICE?
A central office (or Intergroup) is an A.A. service office that involves partnership among groups in a community – just as A.A. groups themselves are partnerships of individuals. A central office is established to carry out certain functions common to all the groups – functions which are best handled by a centralized office – and it is usually maintained, supervised, and supported by these groups in their general interest. It exists to aid the groups in their common purpose of carrying the A.A. message to the alcoholic who still suffers.
– taken from “A.A. Guidelines – Central or Intergroup Offices”
SERVICES YOUR CENTRAL OFFICE PERFORMS
Please note that Central Office will be purging inventory items that are not longer available for sale with AAWS/Grapevine. As such the following items will be available for free on a first come/first served basis. Please call your central office to make arrangements to pick up.
- One (1) set of “Alcoholics Anonymous Comes of Age” audio tapes
- One (1) set of “Pioneers of AA” on Audio Cassette
Also, please note: Intergroup is looking for feedback on which Grapevine items to carry in inventory. Please let them know if your group would like the office to stock and of the following Grapevine literature, or if there is literature not listed that you would like in inventory.
- One Big Tent
- Young and Sober
- Making Amends
- Into Action
- Emotional Sobriety 11
- Happy, Joyous, & Free
- Spiritual Awakening 11
- One on One
- A Rabbit Walks into a Bar
- No Matter What
- Step by Step
- The Grapevine Daily Quote Book
- Sober and Out
- Forming True Partnerships
- Our Twelve Traditions
HANDLING AA INQUIRIES
By providing an Alcoholics Anonymous listing in the local telephone directory, the Central Office receives inquiries from those seeking help. We may refer the caller to a nearby A.A. group, or have a “twelfth stepper” contact them. Our Central Office is also the ideal contact with those in the community seeking information about A.A. We work in close cooperation with the Public Information (PI) and Cooperation with the Professional Community (CPC) committees. The Central Office is a primary contact for local correctional and treatment facilities. We make arrangements to provide literature and volunteers for their meetings, and can help arrange contacts for those about to be released, if requested.
At regular intervals, the Central Office publishes and distributes an up-to-date list of meetings and other information about A.A. services in the local area.
Central Office, particularly in context with Intergroup meetings, provides a clearinghouse for the circulation and exchange of event and program information among all the groups in the community. We copy groups’ flyers for distribution, put information in our local newsletter, “The Gratitude Times”, and share information on the Central Office Website.
Several times throughout the year, the Chattanooga Intergroup holds a variety of supportive events for the fellowship which raise funds to help support Central Office. We also help announce other special events being offered by individual groups in our area.