Cooperation with the Professional Community: Volunteers
Cooperation with the Professional Community, or C.P.C. exists to carry the message of recovery outside the rooms of A.A. If you're a member of A.A. and want to get into service by helping to carry the message and you have at least one year of sobriety, use the form below to indicate your willingness to volunteer. The committee meets monthly, on the first Monday of every month at 7pm. At these meetings we review a list of the opportunities for service and from there we assign individual volunteers. The program ensures that all volunteers are fully oriented and trained on the activities prior to embarking on any service commitments.
Selecting Meetings for Escorting Students
The meetings you select should be OPEN meetings. This is essential. An open meeting is determined by group conscience. This means the members of that meeting have decided they wish to make the experience of AA meetings available to any interested party. You should not feel like an outsider, or that you are encroaching on some private event. Remember, the GROUP ITSELF has chosen to make the meeting an open meeting. You are welcome.
Open meetings are clearly marked in the website meeting list at https://www.AASepia.org/
Maximum of Three Students Suggested
To avoid overwhelming the meeting, it is better if no more than three students attend at a time any given meeting.
Be an Observer
At the beginning of each meeting the chairman asks, “Is there anyone here for the first time?” The student should not respond to this question. If the student remains as unobtrusive as possible, he or she will have an enhanced opportunity to observe how a meeting really works. Thus the students should take seats near the back, refrain from taking notes, should not identify themselves, and not participate in any way in the meeting.
After the Meeting
After the meeting, it is perfectly appropriate for you to approach anyone at the meeting, identify yourself as a student, if you wish, and engage in general conversation. If there is literature available, feel free to take it.
Our 7th Tradition
Our 7th Tradition states that we are self-supporting through our own contributions. Midway through the meeting the basket is passed for contributions. When the basket comes to you, feel free to just pass it on.
Almost all meetings close with the group joining hands, and reciting the Serenity Prayer or the Responsibility Pledge. This is a closing ritual to provide a sense of connection, and has no religious significance. You should feel free to join in this ritual if you wish. (Most students do.)