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Richmond Intergroup meets the first tuesday of each month
at 7:30pm at the office: 5310 Markel Road, Suite 108




12th Step Work - You've Got to Give it Away to Keep It


There are numerous opportunities for 12th Step work within the Greater Richmond area, and far too few people stepping up to fill these commitments at every level. All you need to remember are the opening paragraphs of Chapter 7, Working with Others, in the book Alcoholics Anonymous:

Practical experience shows that nothing will so much insure immunity from drinking as intensive work with other alcoholics. It works when other activities fail. This is our twelfth suggestion: Carry this message to other alcoholics! You can help when no one else can. You can secure their confidence when others fail. Remember they are very ill.

Life will take on new meaning. To watch people recover, to see them help others, to watch loneliness vanish, to see a fellowship grow up about you, to have a host of friends-this is an experience you must not miss. We know you will not want to miss it. Frequent contact with newcomers and with each other is the bright spot of our lives.

There are many ways you can carry the message, from answering phones, to giving presentations, to editing publications and web sites. Click on one of the links on the left side of this page to learn more about the service opportunities coordinated by your Intergroup.

The 12th Step committees meet at Intergroup usually before the Intergroup Meeting. Please check each committee's meeting schedule and exact room location by clicking on the left-hand navigation menu or contact each committee directly.


District meetings



District 29
South of the James River
At 7:30PM on the 3rd monday of each month.
6:15PM Committee meetings.

Celebration Center
879 Research Rd.
Richmond, VA 23236
Off Midlothian accross from Chesterfield Town Center.


District 44
Richmond West
At 7:00PM on the 4th Wednesday of each month

Committee meetings start at 6:00PM Skipwith United Methodist
2211 Skipwith Rd, Henrico, VA 23294


District 36
Southside
At 6:30PM on the 2nd saturday of even month

Robert E. Lee Community Center
121 E. Second St.
Chase City


District 18
City of Richmond
At 8:00PM on the 2nd tuesday of each month

First Baptist Church
Boulevard and Monument


District 43
North of the James
At 7:00PM on the 2nd tuesday of each month

Lakeside United Methodist Church
2333 Hilliard Rd


District 37
Northeast Richmond
At 7:00PM on the 2nd tuesday of each month

Corinth United Methodist Church
23 W. Williamsburg Rd. and Kemper Ct.
Sandstone

Correctional Facilities Committee


The PI / CPC Committee meets the first Tuesday of the first month of every quarter (January, April, July, and October) at 6:30 PM at Intergroup.

Help Carry the A.A. Message of Hope to Our Fellow Alcoholics Behind the Walls Please join us in carrying the A.A. message to the inmate behind the walls. Our committee is a vital link to prisons and jails, providing professionals and other workers in these facilities with information about AA, literature, and guidelines for setting up A.A. groups on the inside. Fifty percent of inmates may be alcoholics, and we may be the only opportunity they have to hear the A.A. message.

Click here for a list of meetings that we carry into Correctional Facilities

The guiding principles of the A.A. Fellowship are contained in the Twelve Traditions. Traditions Five, Six, Eleven and Twelve are directly related to our work. Singleness of purpose is central to the survival of AA.  Inmates faced with no programs to address problems other than alcohol (i.e., drugs, gambling, etc.) often find their way to A.A. meetings. A.A. members not wishing to exclude such individuals from meetings can do so only with a firm understanding of AA's singleness of purpose. Being not affiliated with any other institutions, we seek only to cooperate and help coordinate with correctional facilities personnel. A.A. is not a secret society, and we carry the message to whomever we can. A.A. members who carry the message into correctional facilities have found it helpful to remember and to emphasize to corrections personnel that A.A. is a fellowship of peers, and that A.A. members learn to help other alcoholics without taking credit or reward for our own or others' recovery. These ideas reflect guidance given through the Twelve Traditions and the General Service Conference (U.S. & Canada) in the "Correctional Facilities WORKBOOK" 1995.

Tools and Ideas for Doing Correctional Facilities work:

Remember that having once been an inmate is not a requirement.

Some committee member activities include:

You can also e-mail the Correctional Facilities Committee at, cfc(at)aarichmond.org. Give us your name, address, phone number, the best time to call, date of sobriety, and A.A. home group name. The committee chairperson will get in touch with you.


Treatment Facilities Committee


In the Greater Richmond area there are many opportunities to carry the A.A. message to treatment facilities. Many sick and suffering alcoholics spending time in these facilities have gotten that first message of hope through volunteers speaking and chairing meetings at these facilities.

When your Intergroup representative talks about service commitments at your group, put up your hand and volunteer. It will keep that gratitude in high gear.

Also, groups can adopt an institution. By adopting an institution, your group members will have weekly contact with those who still suffer from active alcoholism.

Intergroup reps - please inform your groups!

for this committee, you can also e-mail us at tfc(at)aarichmond.org.


Public Information and Cooperation with the Professional Community


Carrying the Message to the Community

Public Information in Alcoholics Anonymous means carrying the message of recovery to the still-suffering alcoholic by informing the general public about the A.A. program. We carry the message by getting in touch with the media, schools, industry, and other organizations, and relaying the nature and purpose of A.A. and what it can do for alcoholics. The purpose of Public Information service work is to provide accurate A.A. information to the public when requested. For this purpose committee members visit schools, businesses, church and civic groups, and community meetings. We also staff A.A. booths at health fairs and serve as resources for our friends in the local media.

Cooperation with the Professional Community
(CPC) work was spun off from Public Information in 1970. Through it, we provide information about A.A. to those who have contact with alcoholics through their profession. This group includes health care professionals, educators, members of the clergy, lawyers, social workers, union leaders, and industrial managers, as well as those working in the field of alcoholism. Information is provided about where we are, what we are, what we can do, and what we cannot do.

In all our activities we emphasize our Traditions of anonymity, singleness of purpose, and non-affiliation. Click on the links to review the General Service Office Guidelines on Public Information and CPC.

A.A. members wishing to carry the message to the general public and professional communities are encouraged to attend. If you have questions, call the office at 355-1212 or e-mail publicinfo(at)aarichmond.org

PI and CPC Tools that we share with other A.A. service groups:


Phonewatch / 12th Step Call List


Who answers the phones when the Intergroup office is closed?
Phonewatch does.
A call to the Intergroup hotline is often the first contact a suffering alcoholic has with A.A., which is why it is essential to have a 24-hour service available to respond to calls for help. Intergroup has an organized schedule of volunteers to answer the A.A. hot line during the hours that the Intergroup office is closed.

Feel like volunteering for 12th Step work, but you don't want to leave the house? Try Phonewatch!

If you have at least one year of continuous sobriety, you can help carry the A.A. message at a certain time each month. Callers will not be given your phone number. Phonewatch is a great way to give back what you were so freely given.

Call Intergroup at (804) 355-1212 or email phones(at)aarichmond.org.


Volunteer for the 12th Step List


This is vital service. If you can speak with a suffering alcoholic who reaches out for help and could offer a ride to a meeting, then your name belongs on the 12th Step Call List.

Call Intergroup at (804) 355-1212 or email phones(at)aarichmond.org.


Intergroup Office


New Richmond Intergroup Office Small
For many people, a voice on the phone at the Intergroup office or through Phonewatch volunteers is their first contact with A.A. They want to know what they can do about their individual problems. There are also many calls from visitors from other areas looking for meeting information, from families of alcoholics who are referred to Al-Anon and Alateen for their personal recovery programs, from recovering alcoholics ordering literature or carrying on the business of keeping a group running, and others who stay in touch with Intergroup about committee activities.

The office staff handles the distribution of literature, mailing, directory updates, correspondence, and financial record-keeping including contributions from groups and individuals, and contact with group officers (secretaries, Intergroup reps and alternatives), etc.

Bill W. stated Intergroup's primary purpose in his writings: "The Intergroup Association is the best insurance we can have that our lifelines to the hundreds and thousands yet to come will never break or tangle. Let us always be generous. Let us always warmly support Intergroup."

Learn more about what Intergroup does by reading the A.A. Guidelines published by the General Service Office (GSO) in New York.


Literature and Chips


View current prices or print out the price list for books and chips / or pamphlets.

These forms are provided as price guides for your group.
To order, please visit the Intergroup office at 5310 Markel Road, Suite 108, Richmond.
Hours are Monday through Friday 9:30 AM - 5:30 PM.
No mail or on-line orders, please. Cash or check; also, credit/debit cards with a 5% transaction fee.


Newsletter - Winner's Circle


The Winner's Circle is a monthly newsletter for members of Alcoholics Anonymous in the Greater Richmond area. It is put out by Richmond Intergroup and contains facts about recovery that are interesting and informative. It is also a forum for A.A. members to share their experience, strength, and hope about their recovery from alcoholism. Other topics covered include:

Read the Winner's Circle Guidelines for information on Winner's Circle submissions.

Call Intergroup at (804) 355-1212 or e-mail winnerscircle(at)aarichmond.org.


Activities


We need volunteers to help with dances, picnics, conferences and other activities that help make sobriety more than just not picking up a drink.

Call (804) 355-1212 to volunteer or email us at activities(at)aarichmond.org.

Upcoming events are listed on the main Activities page.


Service Structure and By-Laws


Here is a copy of the Intergroup By-Laws in Adobe Acrobat (PDF) format.

Here is a copy of the Intergroup Service Structure in Adobe Acrobat (PDF) format.

To learn more about the purpose of Intergroup, read the A.A. Guidelines published by the General Service Office of Alcoholics Anonymous.


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