Find Service That Excites You

Service opportunities you may not know about.

Our general service area represents the bridge between the groups of Western NY and it’s 8 counties with the rest of our beloved fellowship. Without this connection, we would have no way to participate in AA’s wider decision-making and service structure. This connective tissue, however, is not only large-scale “business meetings”. There are a wealth of service opportunities beyond the group level that you may not know about. We hope you discover some here that inspire you to get involved.


Accessibility/Special Needs

  • Coordinate workshops to educate AA members on serving those with diverse needs.
  • Help improve the accuracy of the wheelchair-accessible designations in meeting lists.
  • Bring a meeting to a homebound or hospitalized member.
  • Speak about AA at schools for the blind, the deaf, and developmentally disabled.

Archives

  • Collect, catalogue and preserve our history.
  • Display our archives at AA events.

Cooperation with Professionals

  • Speak about AA to professionals who have contact with alcoholics (school counselors, judges, social workers, clergy, etc).
  • Get training (and help train others) on how to speak at non-AA meetings.
  • Spend time with a doctor and bring them to an open meeting to help them understand AA.

Corrections

  • Help bring a meeting into a correctional facility.
  • Help make AA literature available in correctional facilities.
  • Correspond with inmates reaching out for help.
  • Take an inmate to a meeting when they’re released.

General Service Representative

The General Service Representative is perhaps the most important role in AA. If your group doesn’t have a GSR already, consider bringing it up at your next business meeting. It is through the GSR that each group has a voice and a vote in larger AA matters. This connection helps keep AA unified, both in a practical sense and spiritually. We wouldn’t last long as a fellowship if it weren’t for the service of GSRs.
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Grapevine (Literature, incl. La Viña)

  • Make AA literature available at events within Area 50
    Raise awareness within SENY about the Grapevine/La Viña (our “meeting-in-print”) as a tool of recovery.
    Encourage members to contribute to the Grapevine/La Viña.
    Email The Literature + Grapevine

Public Information

  • Speak to high school and college students about AA.
  • Make sure AA literature is available in public libraries (the Big Book is stolen more than any other book!).
  • Coordinate informational outreach like radio PSAs.
  • Speak about AA at workshops for the public, or at health fairs.

Treatment Facilities

  • Help bring a meeting or literature into treatment facilities, like rehabs, detoxes, outpatient centers, and hospitals.
  • Bring people who have finished treatment to a meeting when they get out.

Website

  • Help with web & graphic design.
  • Help with updating events, page content using the WordPress environment.
  • Help with copy writing & content management.
  • Support Area 50 Secretaries with email service application.
  • Email setup and support for Area Chairs

 

Upcoming Events

Jul
15
Sat
2017
9:30 am A Day Of Sharing @ Holy Trinity Lutheran Church
A Day Of Sharing @ Holy Trinity Lutheran Church
Jul 15 @ 9:30 am – 3:45 pm
A Day Of Sharing @ Holy Trinity Lutheran Church | Buffalo | New York | United States
Main & High Day Of Sharing  
Jul
29
Sat
2017
10:00 am Queen City Roundup @ Trinity Episcopal Church
Queen City Roundup @ Trinity Episcopal Church
Jul 29 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Queen City Roundup @ Trinity Episcopal Church | Buffalo | New York | United States
QUEEN CITY ROUNDUP  Queen City Roundup
12:00 pm Area 50 General Assembly Meeting @ North Gate Free Methodist Church (host: Gen-Wyo Intergroup)
Area 50 General Assembly Meeting @ North Gate Free Methodist Church (host: Gen-Wyo Intergroup)
Jul 29 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
 
Aug
6
Sun
2017
all-day 38th Annual New York State Infor... @ Roberts Wesleyan College (Hosted by Area 47)
38th Annual New York State Infor... @ Roberts Wesleyan College (Hosted by Area 47)
Aug 6 all-day
38th Annual New York State Informational Workshop @ Roberts Wesleyan College (Hosted by Area 47) | Rochester | New York | United States
Download the Registration Form Purpose: The 38th New York State Informational Workshop (NYSIW) is held each summer, with the host being rotated between the four NYS general service areas, to inform the four general services areas in NYS on the
Aug
20
Sun
2017
8:00 am 7 Clan Day Of Sharing @ Tuscarora Nation
7 Clan Day Of Sharing @ Tuscarora Nation
Aug 20 @ 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
7 Clan Day Of Sharing @ Tuscarora Nation | Sanborn | New York | United States
7 Clan Day Of Sharing 7 Clan DOS17

Does Your Group Have GSR?

lights-onArea 50 has been considered a "dark" area for many years, as most groups in our area don't communicate with each other or work together!

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Become a volunteer for Area 50's Bridging the Gap:
Bridging the Gap Volunteer Form

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Needed: Individual A.A. members and groups who are interested in carrying our message of recovery to alcoholics leaving treatment facilities by serving in this Temporary Contact Program, which by design helps the alcoholic make a transition from a alcoholism treatment program back into the community.

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