AA Service, Our Third Legacy

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Service is an important part of recovery! It can help keep us sober.

There are a number of great ways to get involved with service in SIA and in our area.
To learn more:

Be sure to also check the Events Calendar for service workshops and other events.


Service Opportunities in SIA

Committee / Email Available Service Positions
Visit the Share-A-Thon Page
  • Your group is needed to host a workshop!! Please submit your Workshop Topic Ideas by the Aug 24th deadline.
  • We need Tech Savvy volunteers to help run the Fellowship Room and the Workshops.
Please join us for the Committee Planning Meeting held on the last Tues of the month at 7pm.
Treatment / Institutions

  • We are looking for an INSTITUTIONS CHAIR!!
  • Institutions are starting to let meetings back in. We need Meeting Chairs and Speakers
Visit the Institutions Section to learn more

Archives is always looking for volunteers to help us save our history.

  • We are in desperate need of a tech savvy volunteer to maintain the Archives Website
  • Attention: all Suffolk AAs with 30 or more years of sobriety — We would like to interview you to preserve your memories
  • Archives is currently collecting stories about staying sober during the time of COVID.

Visit the Archives Section to learn more


Bulletin is looking for stories, poems, announcements and other content to go into future issues.

We are also looking for stories about “your sobriety during the coronavirus”.

Visit the Bulletin Page for more info


We are in dire need of Hotline Volunteers and especially GROUPS to cover the AA HOTLINE in SUFFOLK

Visit the Hotline Page for more info

Correctional Facilities

We are looking for speakers to bring meetings into county jails and other similar facilities.

Visit the Corrections Section to learn more

SIA General Meeting

Attend the next biz meeting to have your group's voice heard and jump into service
Visit the SIA General Meeting page

A.A.’s Legacy of Service
by Bill W.

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.

Reprinted from A.A.’s Legacy of Service?, with permission of A.A. World Services, Inc.


We are looking for an INSTITUTIONS CHAIR!! Email Institutions to learn more

Please consider volunteering once a month.

Facilities are taking the necessary steps to ensure visitors and patients are protected and can meet safely

We are asking for gently used, or new AA literature for our facilities. Please collect and bring to the SIA meeting next month, SIA office or contact Institutions@suffolkny-aa.org

Thank you for your Service!

Commitments change frequently, please email Institutions to inquire about current openings.

Institutions committee meets on the
3nd Tuesday of the month at 6:15 PM.

Next meeting is Tue, Dec 21st @ 6:15PM.

All are welcome !!

Open Service Opportunities in Facilities

Last Updated Aug 19, 2021
(commitments change frequently,
email institutions@suffolkny-aa.org for the latest)
TownFacilityMen / WomenDayTimeweek of the month

Openings for In Person Meetings at Facilities
Port Jeff
St Charles Rehab
Sun7:30 PM1, 4, 5
Mon1:30 PM
Tues7:30 PM2,3,4,5
Wed1:30 PM1
Thurs7:30 PM1
Sat7:30 PM
Port Jeff
St Charles Rehab
Mon1:30 PM
Fri1:30 PM4, 5
Port JeffSt Charles Detox #1Men &
Fri1:30 PM3
Phoenix House
8:00 PM
2, 3, 4, 5
Wed2, 4, 5
Fri2, 3, 4, 5
Sunrise Detox
Men &
7:00 PM
Sat2, 3, 4, 5
Seafield Center Rehab
Thurs7:30 PM2, 4
Fri7:30 PM2, 4
Sun10:45 AM


AA meetings will be allowed back into Suffolk Country Correctional Facilities soon!



The inmates are in need of AA speakers as often as permissible and you are doing a huge service to these individuals by volunteering your time, strength, hope and experience. Thank you!

For instructions on applying for a Facility Pass, please visit the Corrections Section of the Group Forms page.

Schools / Public Information

There are several duties to be fulfilled within our committee, so we welcome those who are interested in doing service. Not sure what Public Information is and how it fits within AA? Curious to know more? Join us!
Pub Info committee meets on the last Thurs of the  month.
OCT and NOV 2021
Next meeting is Thu, Dec 30th @ 7PM.

Visit the Event Page for details.


Archives is always looking for volunteers to help us save our history.

We are in desperate need of a tech savvy volunteers to help maintain the Archives Website

Attention: all Suffolk AAs with 30 or more years of sobriety — We would like to interview you to preserve your memories

We invite everyone to write their experience, strength and hope about coronavirus.

  • How it affected your life, your recovery and your group.
  • What adjustments were necessary and what changes made.

We are saving these stories for future generations will know what it was like during these unprecedented times.

Please email your written piece to Archives@suffolkny-aa.org


The Grapevine Chair would like to visit your meeting in person, and set up a table displaying the wide array of literature offerings available from AA Grapevine and AA La Viña.

Email grapevine@suffolkny-aa.org to schedule your visit.

What's an Intergroup?

Intergroups are service entities that focus exclusively on local needs (e.g. maintaining meeting lists, organizing speaker exchanges) and are not part of A.A.’s larger decision-making/service structure. You’ll notice they don’t appear in the upside-down triangle. But there is a connection between the two as shown in the diagram.

Though an intergroup falls within the broader definition of “general service” (service below the group level), it should not to be confused with “General Service”, shorthand for A.A.’s larger decision-making/service structure.

Here in Suffolk County, Suffolk Intergroup (SIA) and Suffolk General Service (SGSO), which itself is part of the SENY General Service Office, coordinate with each other to complement and divide up the county’s service needs.

To learn more visit the SENY-Intergroup-Liaison Page

Related Links From AA World Services
MG-02 – A.A. Guidelines on Central or Intergroup Offices
Box 459 – Aug/Sep 2007 – IO/COs: AA’s Front Line
Box 459 – Fall 2017 – IO/COs: Then & Now