Welcome to the AA Central Office of Southern Oregon
432 NW 6th Street, Room 202, Grants Pass, Oregon 97526
Central Office, by A.A. tradition, is a service organization. It’s often the first point of contact with A.A. for people who believe they may have a drinking problem. When anyone calls, an AA member at Central Office answers the phone to provide information or help.
According to G.S.O. Guidelines, "A central office is established to carry out certain functions common to all the groups–functions which are best handled by a centralized office–and it is usually maintained, supervised, and supported by these groups in their general interest. It exists to aid the groups in their common purpose of carrying the A.A. message to the alcoholic who still suffers."
As the communications center for AA meetings in Josephine County and neighboring areas, Central Office maintains a roster of volunteers who answer the phone, provide AA books and literature and answer questions the public has.
Josephine County Intergroup By-laws were last updated April, 2011. They are currently undergoing the process of group input for needed revisions.
General Services Office Guidelines for Central Office
Alcoholics Anonymous World Services Web Site informs us of Central Office functions and services. This document informs AA members of what Central Offices do, how they function, and why they are essential in spreading the AA message to communities. Here are the Internet Guidelines.
Volunteers at Central Office answer the phones from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. every weekday. Central Office receives calls:
- From alcoholics requesting 12-Step Calls
- From alcoholics wanting information about AA meetings or events
- From friends or relatives of alcoholics, looking for information about AA, Al-Anon, and NA
- From people looking for AA literature and/or meeting schedules
Central Office volunteers stock and sell AA approved literature (books and pamphlets), and also update and distribute free meeting lists.
After 4:00 p.m. Central Office phones are turned over to an answering service that informs people about AA meetings, and if requests for help are received, calls Central Office volunteers for these people in order to provide help, such as 12-step calls.
Central Office also provides information to local high schools, treatment centers, and jails and institutions about Alcoholics Anonymous.
Please see the list of current committee vacancies at our Forum page.