Grapevine & La Vina

The Grapevine and La Vina are a vital resource for alcoholics all over the world, including those who are unable to get out to meetings - members who are homebound, live or work in remote areas (such as oil rigs or armed services bases), or who are incarcerated. The Grapevine & La Vina committee informs groups and individuals of the benefits of using the A.A. Grapevine and La Vina magazines. They encourage groups and individuals to submit stories and letters to expand the diversity of experience, and to subscribe for personal use or to donate to meetings, libraries, or a newcomer in their meeting.

For more information about how to get involved on the Grapevine Committee, please email us.

To submit a story or letter to the Grapevine, go to: www.AAgrapevine.org and click on "Share."

Corrections

The Corrections Committee encourages A.A. members to assume responsibility for carrying the message to alcoholics behind the walls, reviews all aspects of service to A.A. groups in correctional facilities, and makes recommendations for changes and/or improvements. It is also concerned with clarifying waht A.A. can and cannot do, within the Traditions, to help inmate alcoholics both inside and upon release. 

Similar to, and sometimes confused with Hospitals & Institutions, Corrections works to ensure there are meetings behind the walls. However, different from H & I work, Corrections does not bring meetings in - rather it liaises with correctional facilities to advocate for members' access to A.A., as well as coordinates programs that serve alcoholics inside and being released - such as through the Pre-Release Contact program (partners soon-to-be released members with a recovered alcoholic outside for assistance in linking to meetings and sponsorship upon release) and Corrections Correspondence (vital life-line for those inside to find recovery).

Our local Southern California Corrections Committee formed its own program - Metro 1-On-1 - to address the needs of so many still-suffering alcoholics routinely re-offending with crimes related to their alcohol use (e.g., DUIs). This program brings volunteer members into the local Metro police station to speak - one on one through a t.v. monitor - with those arrested and held for substance-related charges who wish to speak with someone from A.A. 

To get involved, you can attend an upcoming Area Assembly, reach out to our Area Corrections Committee Chairperson - email us for dates and contact information. Or, you can go to www.Area5Corrections.org.

Public Information

The Public Information Committee carries the message of Alcoholics Anonymous through use of the media to the public and to the fellowship. The PI committee works on Public Service Announcements, brings speakers and presentations into schools and other public agencies, communicates with local radio and t.v. stations, helps the public and fellowship better understand our tradition of anonymity, especially around social and digital media, and clarifies what A.A. is and is not, what we can and cannot do.

If you would like to get involved with Public Information work, 

Additional Committees

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.
 

 

Treatment Facilities

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?

Literature

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. 

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Monthly Meeting

Usually meets the 3rd Saturday of the month at the AT Center, 1773 Griffith Park Blvd., Los Angeles, CA  90026

See calendar for dates & times.

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