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Pinellas County: (727) 530-0415

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To find out about volunteering for the Helpline, click here.

To find out about volunteering for the 12-Step List, click here.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!

Greetings Fellow AA’s!

We have slots available from time-to-time for service on the AA Helpline. When people call Central Office after hours, their call is forwarded to your cell phone, home phone, or both. (Click here for more information.) This is very rewarding service work. Please let me know if you can help and please make announcements at meetings. Anyone who is interested can send a message to me through this website contact page.

Thank you for your service and support!

Helpline Chair
 
Helpline volunteers

TO GIVE FREELY WHAT HAS BEEN GIVEN TO YOU!    
We do ask that you have at least one year of continuous sobriety in AA.

Pick up that 500-pound telephone and volunteer!

PINELLAS COUNTY 24-HOUR HELPLINE

needs your help to answer phones and make 12-Step calls.

What does a Helpline volunteer do?
Helpline Volunteers answer phone calls that come into Central Office after hours and on weekends. You will be talking to a variety of people - some might be AAers visiting from out of town looking for a meeting, some could be newcomers who need information, while others might be people who have never been to a meeting.

When would I have to take calls?
The time slots vary. Currently: Morning shifts are 7am – 10am M-F. Night shifts are 6pm – 7am. Weekends and holidays 7am-2pm, 2pm-6pm,-6pm-7am.

Here's the way it works:
A call comes in to Central Office after hours and holidays it then is forwarded to the first person on the list for that time slot. If after 6-7 rings the phone is not answered it then goes to the next person on the list and so on till it is answered if need be by the chairperson whom is the last on every shift. If you miss the call no need to call them back. Also they never see your number, it’s just like any incoming call. If you have caller ID you will see their number with 4 zero’s added to it so you know it’s a helpline call and might not be in a position to answer it right then.

Do I have to do the 12-Step call, too?
No, you do not have to do actual 12-Step work, unless you want to.  You can refer it to a 12-Stepper when necessary. You will have a list of 12-Step Volunteers, broken down by zip code. You never give the caller the person’s number. You call the names on the list and give the 12-stepper the number of the person who called asking for help.

How can I sign up?
There are 4 ways to sign up:

Complete the online form
or
Print out the sign-up sheet
or
Click here for Contact Form
or
for more information, call:

Central Office (727) 530-0415
 

“I am responsible . . .
When anyone, anywhere, reaches out for help,
I want the hand of A.A. always to be there.
And for that: I am responsible.”

The AA Responsibility Statement

 

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.

Service Manual, p. 6


12-STEP VOLUNTEERS

 

What does a 12-Step volunteer do?
12-Step volunteers work hand-in-hand with the Helpline and Central Office. They do everything from talking to a practicing alcoholic about AA to taking an out-of-town visitor to a meeting. Whereas Helpline volunteers take the initial call and disburse it, 12-Step volunteers do the actual "leg work".

How does the process work?
When someone calls either the Helpline or Central Office, the individual is asked for their first name and zip code. Then, the 12-Step list is consulted, and depending on whether it is a man or woman, the appropriate person in that zip code is contacted and given the information. The 12-Step volunteer then contacts that person.

Will I be continuously doing 12-Step calls? I'm not sure if I have that much time to volunteer!
No, most of the time you will just be talking to them on the phone and then perhaps meeting them at a meeting. However, there are times when it could be necessary to get another person and actually go out and do a 12-Step call. You will only be contacted if someone calls from your zip code, so you could go for months without receiving a call.

How can I sign up to become a 12-Step Volunteer?
There are 3 ways you can sign up for the 12-Step list:

Complete the online form
or
Click here for Contact Form
or
for more information, call:

Central Office (727) 530-0415
 


To Thine Own Self Be True

CENTRAL OFFICE OF PINELLAS COUNTY
American Business Center, Suite 220
8340 Ulmerton Road
Largo, FL 33771
Phone (727) 530-0415
Fax (727) 530-0416
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Office Hours: Monday - Friday 10AM - 6PM
 

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Last updated on Tuesday, September 16, 2014 07:30 AM