The volunteer shifts in our Nanaimo office are from 1 pm to 5 pm weekdays. We have regular, once-a-week shifts (scheduled) as well as on-call (back-up) positions. Three months of sobriety is suggested and training is provided. The duties include: answering phones, setting up 12-step calls, selling literature to people walking into the office, receiving financial contributions, etc. To sign up or find out more information, please click HERE.
home phone volunteers
The home phone volunteers phone numbers are listed on our answering machine for after-hours callers. Central office is closed from 5 pm to 9 am weekdays and all weekends. It is during this time when the home phone volunteers would receive calls. This is a scheduled position. Each home phone volunteer is given a specific day on the answering machine, E.g. “Monday call (250) 753-XXXX”. Training and reference materials are provided. The duties include: arranging 12-step calls, providing meeting information, sharing your experience, strength and hope, etc. Three months of sobriety is suggested. To sign up or find more information, please click HERE.
pass it on newsletter volunteers
Our local Pass it On newsletter is always in need of volunteer contributors. It’s primary purpose is to carry the AA message to the alcoholic who still suffers through printed content. Contributions can include articles, opinion pieces, personal stories, comics, and visual art. Much like the Grapevine our newsletter can be accessed online in .pdf format by e-mailing our Newsletter Chair HERE or collected in hard-copy at Central Office. The Pass it On newsletter is a great way for our members to read about local experience, strength, and hope, and stay up to date on cake dates and Area 79 events and announcements.
To submit contributions and announcements or find out more please email our Newsletter Chair HERE.
public information volunteers
Like all of AA, the primary purpose of members on the Public Information (PI) Committee is to carry the AA message to the alcoholic who still suffers. Working together, members of the PI committee convey AA information to the general public, including the media. Some of the basic committee functions include visiting schools, local businesses, churches and civic groups. A PI committee member’s responsibilities might include distribution of AA literature or giving a brief talk and showing an AA video at an event. Participating AAs will be given a basic outline for the presentation and need to be familiar with the details found in pamphlets: Speaking at Non-A.A. Meetings and Understanding Anonymity. Here’s the link to GSO Information for Professionals. For more information about becoming a PI volunteer, please click HERE.
nanaimo AA archives volunteers
Our Nanaimo AA archives are in need of volunteers to help catalog our current collection and gather new additions for our local AA history. Our General Service Office in New York curates an American and Canadian AA historic collection, including an audio library and our Markings Archives newsletters, using an online repository found HERE. Groups are encouraged to participate in group history days and submit their collections to our Archives Chair.
literature distribution volunteers
The literature distribution center is set up in Central Office. Volunteers drop off specific pamphlets at schools, churches and clinics in the Nanaimo and Ladysmith areas. This is an on-going position No sobriety length suggested. To sign up or find out more information, please click HERE.
The AA school program is designed to organize AA members to speak in schools. Presentations by AA members follow a standard format which explains what AA is and is not, what going to AA is like and how to contact AA. School program presentations may be adapted to meet the needs of a particular request and situation and will include personal recovery stories as well as a variety of literature. One year sobriety is required to present.
To sign up or find out more information, please click HERE.
Please click HERE to request a post on this service page.