Alcoholics Anonymous is

A fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking. There are no dues or fees for AA membership; we are self-supporting through our own contributions. AA is not allied with any sect, denomination, politics, organization or institution; does not wish to engage in any controversy, neither endorses nor opposes any causes. Our primary purpose is to stay sober and help other alcoholics to achieve sobriety.

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An Introduction to Service (The Third Legacy)

A.A.s Legacy of Service written by A.A. co-founder Bill W., 1951

Our Twelfth Step "carrying the message" is the basic service that the A.A. Fellowship gives; this is our principal aim and the main reason for our existence. Therefore, A.A. is more than a set of principles; it is a society of alcoholics in action. We must carry the message, else we ourselves can wither and those who haven't been given the truth may die.

Hence, an A.A. service is anything whatever that helps us to reach a fellow sufferer, ranging all the way from the Twelfth Step itself to a ten-cent phone call and a cup of coffee, and to A.A.'s General Service Office for national and international action. The sum total of all these services is our Third Legacy of Service.

"Services include" meeting places, hospital cooperation, and intergroup offices; they mean pamphlets, books, and good publicity of almost every description. They call for committees, delegates, trustees, and conferences. And, not to be forgotten, they need voluntary money contributions from within the Fellowship.

"These services," whether performed by individuals, groups, areas, or A.A. as a whole, are utterly vital to our existence and growth. Nor can we make A.A. more simple by abolishing such services. We would only be asking for complication and confusion.


If you know someone who might fill the following role, ask them to contact Laura at the Central Office:

H & I (Hospitals and Institutions Committee) REQUEST

Your H&I Committee needs an hour of your time!

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Service Opportunities

Request For Information About Service Work Opportunities

Print a Service Request form and pass copies around at your group meetings, then return completed forms to the Central Office.

Service Request Form

Or you may download a Service Request form, save it, fill it out on your computer and return it, as an attachment.

Email Central Office



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The 7th Tradition

Where To Send Your Group and Individual Donations:

GSO: General Service Office
PO Box 459, Grand Central Station, New York, NY 10163

AREA 58: Oregon Area 58 Treasurer
Ste 106-172, 1900 NE 3rd St., Bend, OR 97701

DISTRICT 4: District 4 Treasurer
PO Box 448, Salem, OR 97308

INTERGROUP: Willamette Valley Intergroup Inc. (Central Office)
687 Cottage St NE, Salem, OR 97301

Be sure to include your Group Name And Group Service Number on your Donation.