Cooperation with the Professional Community
This committee provides information about A.A. to those who have contact with alcoholics through their professions. This group includes physicians and other healthcare professionals, educators, members of the clergy, lawyers, law-enforcement personnel, and social workers. Such information includes what A.A. is and is not, and what it does and does not do.
While A.A. is not affiliated with any form of alcoholism treatment, A.A. Treatment committees are essential in carrying the A.A. message into treatment settings where the suffering alcoholic may be introduced to A.A. for the first time. The Treatment Facilities committee makes presentations to administrators and alcoholic participants in treatment facilities to familiarize them with what A.A. has to offer members upon discharge.
They also assist in coordinating a nation-wide program called "Bridging the Gap" which connects those about to be released from treatment centers to local A.A. members for linkage to meetings and those available to sponsor.
Some volunteers often wonder why this is a national program, rather than run by local committee chairs - this is because alcoholics receiving residential treatment often opt to receive treatment away from their hometown for a variety of reasons - for insurance purposes, availability of beds, or to ensure they will not be "tempted" with "old connections" or "haunts." For this reason, volunteers may sign up locally, but they often make initial contact with the soon-to-be released individual outside of their area (by email or phone) - this individual will then be released and travel back home, where the volunteer can make arrangements to introduce the newly released individual to meetings and other A.A. members available for sponsorship.
For more on how to get involved with Treatment Facilities work, you can email us to learn about upcoming assemblies and meeting dates.
Cooperation with the Elder Community
This committee provides information about A.A. to senior citizens at locations where seniors congregate. These locations include, but are not limited to, senior citizen centers, libraries, senior health fairs, retirement homes, assisted living facilities, and the offices of geriatric physicians. The information includes A.A. literature, audio visual presentations, flyers, posters, displays and other materials which support carrying the message of recover to seniors, professionals who work with them, and A.A. members interested in outreach to the elderly.
The CEC committee could use your help - if you are unable to formally join this committee, perhaps you and your group could: tell the district about libraries, senior centers and locations mentioned above near your meetings. Also, let us know if your meeting is "senior friendly" - Is there parking close to the entrance? Is the meeting place well-lit? Is it accessible for a wheelchair?
The literature committee informs our Area and district of the status of new and revised A.A. literature and of proposals for the printing of new literature. The committee provides current information to literature chairs at the group level, makes presentations, and displays literature at Area events.
FOR MORE INFORMATION on any of these committees, or to get involved, please email us.