Outreach Committee

East Tennessee Intergroup of Alcoholics Anonymous serves a large geographic region of A.A. groups. Because of the large area, Outreach was formed to create unity between the A.A. groups that the Intergroup office serves.  Outreach is in need of volunteers to organize and attend events!

If you are interested in serving with Outreach, please contact the Intergroup Office at 865-522-9667 or manager@etiaa.org.

Outreach committee:

Maintains contact with AA groups in order to create awareness of the Intergroup function and resource availability (AA literature, etc.); promotes general cooperation between Intergroup and individual groups;  encourages participation in Intergroup enterprises and support of intergroup with 7th Tradition suggested contributions; helps to maintain updated Intergroup records of active meetings and locations.

What is group outreach?

The Group Outreach Committee coordinates an effort to visit all groups that are listed in the directory, but don’t support Intergroup financially or with a representative, or both; to see if they would like to participate in the group conscience.

Purpose

The purpose of the outreach committee is to close the loop on the quality of meeting entries in our directory.

All meetings are added to our directory at the request of groups and individuals, with very little background investigation.  This means that some meetings might not have all the information that could be included (might be missing the format, or a service, like handicapped accessible); or, if no one reports a problem, or a change to the meeting, then a meeting in our directory could have moved, or been completely defunct for some time.  We sometimes need to add clarifying information to meetings about the best way to get into the building, or specific driving instructions if the meeting location is hard to find.

Because of these potential discrepancies in a meeting’s listing, the way we resolve them is to have someone on the outreach committee travel to the meeting, tell them about intergroup, invite them to participate by sending a representative to the monthly Intergroup Council Meeting, to support intergroup financially, and confirm that everything in our meeting listing is accurate.

We ask the committee to work on a group outreach list to assure that we reach all the meetings at least once before we go back around to any particular meeting, and to let the web servant know when they have visited a particular group so that that group can be sent to the bottom of the outreach list.