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What is Intergroup?

Volusia County Intergroup exists to support the groups in their common purpose of carrying the A.A. message to the still suffering alcoholic by providing and coordinating services that are difficult for the individual groups to execute. The Fellowship has been organized by, and is responsible to, the member groups in Volusia County area 14, including districts: 8, 19, 20, 21, & 32. for the purpose of coordinating the services that individual groups cannot provide.

1) A.A. Inquiries—By providing an Alcoholics Anonymous listing in the local telephone directory, the central office may receive inquiries from those seeking help. They will refer the caller to a nearby A.A. group,where sponsorship may be arranged, or have a twelfth stepper contact them. Many local A.A. offices now have and maintain their own web site – like  aadaytona.org

2) Office Facilities—The central office can maintain a conveniently located office in which paid workers and/or volunteers are available to carry the message of A.A. to the alcoholic.

3) Meeting Lists and Other Literature — At regular intervals, the central office may publish and distribute up-to-date lists of meetings and other information about local A.A. services. Many intergroup/central offices sell A.A. Conference-approved literature for the convenience of local groups.

4) Information Exchange—The service office may function as a clearinghouse for the circulation and exchange of information among all the A.A. groups in the community. In this same connection, a logical function of the central office is to provide “program exchange” meetings, where group program chairpersons meet regularly to exchange meetings with other groups.

5) Local Committees on Public Information (P.I.) and Cooperation With the Professional Community (C.P.C.) in cooperation with district and area P.l. and C.P.C. committees—The central office is an ideal contact with those in the community seeking information about A.A. Thus, A.A.’s relations with the public and professionals in the alcoholism field are often handled through the cooperation of the area committee and central office.

 In general service areas where P.I. and C.P.C. committees are under the auspices of a General Service Committee, the central office works in close cooperation with these committees. A.A. Guidelines and Workbooks on P.I. and C.P.C. are available from G.S.O.

6) A.A. in Correctional and Treatment Facilities—The central office can maintain contact with local groups in correctional facilities and treatment facilities, offering literature and prerelease A.A. contacts and arranging for A.A. speakers and visitors to meetings. When there is a correctional or treatment facility committee for this purpose, the service office may assist it through close cooperation with local hospitals and prisons. Central offices handling institutional contacts are also urged to send for G.S.O. material, Guidelines on Correctional Facilities Committees and Guidelines on Treatment Facilities Committees and the Correctional Facilities and Treatment Facilities Workbooks.

7) Local A.A. Events—An A.A. central office is a logical body to
manage the details of an annual dinner, picnic, or convention, if the participating groups wish it.

8) A.A. Bulletin or Newsletter—The preparation of a publication for periodic distribution to A.A. groups is often a function of the Intergroup central office.

9) Special Needs Services—Many central offices carry information on groups that are wheelchair accessible, or signed for deaf members. Some offices have TDD/TTY equipment for communicating with deaf alcoholics.