What We Do
Central Office of Albuquerque exists to to coordinate the work of groups of Alcoholics Anonymous in and around the Albuquerque area. Our primary purpose, like all of Alcoholics Anonymous, is to help alcoholics achieve sobriety. We do this by:
- Having a telephone that a “live alcoholic” answers 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, to help the alcoholic who wants to stop drinking.
- Maintaining a schedule of meetings in the Districts we support in Central New Mexico, and publishing this schedule both on paper and on our website.
- Sell literature and other materials approved by Alcoholics Anonymous.
- Maintain a Media Library, and a list of on-line recordings of A.A. speaker events.
- Serve as a clearinghouse of information for all A.A. groups, report group activities, and events of area wide interest.
- Provide information about Alcoholics Anonymous to those who request it, by phone, by mail, or by email.
We have a small office that is managed by our Coordinator and Alternate Coordinator. Volunteers work at the office to answer the phone and make sales of the materials we have in inventory.
Our governing body is the Intergroup, comprised of group- and district-selected representatives. Intergroup meets once monthly. Intergroup sets policy. The Steering Committee of Central Office is composed of trusted servants who have specific duties (such as Treasurer, Schedule Editor, and Website Editor), make some management decisions about Central Office, and report to the Intergroup.
What We Sell
We sell all literature approved by the General Service Board of Alcoholics Anonymous, including publications produced by The Grapevine. We also sell sobriety chips, meeting materials (e.g., wall charts of the Twelve Steps and the Twelve Traditions), and much more. You can see the price list here. We accept checks, credit cards, and cash.
How You Can Help
Central Office needs financial support and volunteers. You can learn about volunteer opportunities a little further down the page.
Central Office relies on all members to meet its mission. Support comes via monetary contributions, and by volunteer workers. Our latest Profit and Loss statement is further down this page.
Please click this button to make a donation to Central Office via Paypal (You will exit this site and return to it once your transaction is complete).
Central Office “exists to aid the groups in their common purpose of carrying the A.A. message to the alcoholic who still suffers.” In order to accomplish this, your support is vital. You may see our financial status in the table below. Your Central Office is financed solely by:
• Direct financial contributions from A.A. groups
• Tax deductible contributions from individual members up to $3000 yearly. Your accountant or tax professional can advise.
• Proceeds from sales of Alcoholics Anonymous World Services and Grapevine literature and other related A.A. material.
• Special events by and for A.A. members, keeping in mind our Seventh Tradition.
You can make a contribution to Central Office in several ways:
• Use the Paypal button at the top of this section.
• Make a monetary contribution via check or money order, payable to Central Office of Albuquerque. Mail or drop off in person at
1921 Alvarado Drive, NE
Albuquerque, NM 87110
• “Faithful Fiver” or “Trusted Tenner”, who contribute either $5 or $10 monthly. Set up Auto Pay or Bill Pay with your bank to automatically send us a monthly contribution in any amount you choose. Use our street address shown immediately above.
• Contribute with a secure credit card transaction at Central Office.
Central Office cannot be fully effective without volunteers. We need Desk Workers, who work a regular shift, answer phone calls, and sell AA merchandise. This is a great opportunity to help the alcoholic in need. Sharing your experience, strength, and hope with an desperate alcoholic is truly one of the best ways to carry the message. Call Central Office at (505) 266-1900 to find which shifts are available.
To apply to become a Desk Worker, please drop by the office and ask for the application. Applications must be made in-person. You will receive the required training from the Coordinator, Alternate Coordinator, or an experienced volunteer.
The Steering Committee is a committee that monitors and supports the overall operations of the Central Office. Members are expected to attend monthly meetings of Intergroup, which consists of representatives of groups listed in our Meeting Schedule. The current roster of Steering Committee members is here.
The list of Steering Committee positions, their responsibilities, are available here. Currently (as of May 10, 2022), we need to fill the following Steering Committee positions:
- Accessibilities Chair
- Media Librarian
- Community Outreach Chair
- Intergroup Liaison.
Please contact either the Steering Committee Chair or the Central Office Coordinator if you are interested in serving.
The following table shows the Profit and Loss Statement for August 2022, and the Year-to-Date (YTD) for 2022. We ended the calendar year 2021 very well – we increased our cash position by about a month’s expenditures. July 2022 was also a very positive month for our financial position as well. We are now in the black for 2022 Year-to-Date. Thanks to everyone who has been so generous to Central Office this year and last!
As we require the generosity of our members to continue operating, please consider donating, or purchasing your AA literature and sobriety chips through Central Office. Thank you.
Intergroup and Bylaws
Central Office of Alcoholics Anonymous in Albuquerque supports several Districts (the level of organization above groups and clubs). A map of the Districts is further down the page. Each District has a representative to Intergroup. Groups may also choose a representative to Intergroup.
Intergroup is the organization that formally oversees the operation of Central Office. All Albuquerque area groups are encouraged to elect an Intergroup Representative. Join us at the next Intergroup meeting, held the second Sunday of every month. at 2 p.m. Here are the dates for 2022:
May 8 (may be delayed a week for Mother’s Day)
Albuquerque Intergroup Districts
Albuquerque Intergroup serves A.A. in the greater Albuquerque area.
Steering Committee Members
Chair: Martin W. (term ends 2022) email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Vice-Chair: Jeff P. (term ends 2023) email: email@example.com
Treasurer: Tim T. (term ends 2022) email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Secretary: Stephanie P. (term ends 2023) email: email@example.com
Schedule Editor: Steve K. (Interim) email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Website Editor: Steve K. (term ends 2023) email: email@example.com
Newsletter Editor: Steven G. (term ends 2022) email: firstname.lastname@example.org
(Note: dates are the end of the given calendar year)