District 15 Monthly Business Meeting February 17

Be a Service Sweetheart. Join us in District Service and help others through 12th Step work in Ulster County.

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Wednesday, February 17 at  7p

Be a Service Sweetheart and show up for Service at District 15’s monthly online business meeting. Lots of committee chair positions are open and even more work to do helping the alcoholic who still suffers.

We’ll show you how we’re reaching other alcoholics in Ulster County through committees focusing on the professional community, public information, treatment, corrections, and accessibility.

District 15 meets via video conference call from 7-8pm monthly on the fourth Wednesday. All are welcome and invited to join in!

Agenda, meeting minutes, flyers, and the like can be found under the Meetings & Forms tab.

AA Answering Service: Hotline Support Needed

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Did you know that the Ulster County AA Hotline averages over 60 calls a month? But who talks to those people calling for help and more information about A.A. in our area? Nearly 60 men and women, currently sober A.A. members with a year or more of sobriety, comprise the Ulster County Answering Service team.

  • These volunteers work with Family of Woodstock who screens incoming calls, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. (Find out how to volunteer below.)
  • When a call comes into the A.A. hotline number, Family answers the call “A.A. Answering Service, may I help you?”
  • If the person is looking for a meeting, Family assists them in finding one by referring to the current meeting list we provide to Family. This meeting list is often mailed directly to the caller as well.
  • If the caller wants to speak with someone in A.A., Family takes the caller’s name & phone number and explains an A.A. volunteer will call the person back shortly. (Family does not give out volunteer information or phone number to the caller. You can also block your number prior to callback.)
  • Family then calls the A.A. volunteer next on the list – preferably one nearby the caller – and passes off the caller information to the A.A. Answering Service team member. On average, A.A. volunteers receive two calls per month.
  • The A.A. volunteer then calls the person back and answers questions about A.A., how getting sober works with our Program of Recovery, what A.A. is, and what A.A. is not. They also listen and share their experience, strength, and hope.

Are you interested in volunteering for the Answering Service team of men and women who carry the message of hope and recovery? It’s a relatively low-impact way to help with 12th Step work by carrying the message of Alcoholics Anonymous. Contact Ryan or Mike, District 16 and District 7 Answering Service chairs, to get started.

Requirements for AA Answering Service team members:

  • currently sober A.A. members with a year or more of sobriety
  • willingness to take calls
  • willingness to coordinate getting a newcomer to their first meeting
  • have a home or cell phone number