Welcome to the Central Office of Western Colorado
The Central Service Office of Western Colorado is a service branch of Alcoholics Anonymous including District 1, District 2, District 5, District 14, District 17, District 18 and District 20. Its primary purpose is to serve in support of Western Colorado groups of Alcoholics Anonymous in their common purpose of carrying the message to the alcoholic who still suffers. The Central Office of Western Colorado operations are assisted by volunteer personnel whom are guided by the Steering Committee, the Twelve Traditions of Alcoholics Anonymous and the Twelve Concepts for World Service.
Status of AA Meetings in Western Colorado
Safer at Home Guidelines were enacted by Governor Polis on June 1st allowing faith-based organizations and churches to hold meetings up to a maximum 50% capacity or up to 50 people with individuals spaced at least 6 feet apart. Safer at Home guidelines also suggest that masks be worn at all times. Governor Polis signed an Executive Order amending and extending Safer at Home level. Starting the week of July 6th, Colorado counties and communities can request to qualify and be certified to move to a less stringent level. This means each community in Western Colorado will have more stringent or less stringent guidelines in terms of in-person meetings.
Other suggestions in Governor Polis’s Safer at Home Guidelines includes collecting contact information of meeting attendees to help with potential exposure notification whenever possible, encourage AA members to stay home if sick or exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms, ensure 6 feet or more distancing between those attending a meeting, encourage frequent handwashing, create a queue at the entrance to ensure a minimum of 6 feet of physical distancing between individuals and to prevent congestion, operate on a one-in-one-out basis when at capacity and enhance cleaning and disinfection of common touch points (doors, stairwell handles, light switch, elevator switch, etc.) before and after the meeting.
AA Groups throughout Western Colorado have started to begin meeting again in person. Some AA Meetings are outside the church or facility they normally meet at and are asking AA members to bring lawn chairs. Some groups have changed the location of their meeting to better accomodate an in-person AA Meeting. Other groups are meeting at their normal location but are limiting the number of people that can attend the in-person meeting and moving overflow to a parking lot or some area outside.
A number of AA groups continue to meet online. Other groups are running concurrent Online Meetings with their in-person meetings and some groups have separated their online meeting from their in-person meeting. Due to limitations of 12 Step Meeting List WordPress Plugin used for Central Office website, some Online Meetings are not meeting in person even though a physical address is shown for the Online Meeting. The author of this important tool didn’t plan on a Pandemic and AA Meetings moving to an online format. Although some changes have been made, we hope that additional changes be made to the 12 Step Meeting List WordPress Plugin to distinguish whether an Online Meeting is a hybrid meeting or simply being held online without listing a physical address.
Central Office of Western Colorado staff have made great efforts to ensure details on AA meetings are correct on our website that you can view at https://aa-westerncolorado.com/meetings. We’re asking AA groups to communicate location changes and details about their in-person and online meetings in order to keep information about their AA Meeting as accurate as possible. Please contact the Central Office at firstname.lastname@example.org for any meeting updates.
If you’re new to AA or an AA member traveling in Western Colorado and want more information about attending a meeting in your area, feel free to call the Central Office hotline at 888-333-9649 that is manned 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
Best Practices for Digital 7th Tradition for Online AA Meetings
Central Office of Western Colorado has established a Venmo Account where individual AA members and groups can contribute online @CentralOfficeofWesternColorado. There is no fee to contribute via the Venmo app. The Central Office has also established an Online Donation Form at https://aa-westerncolorado.com/donations/donation where individual members and groups can contribute via Credit Card or Check. We’ve also come up with recommendations for digital 7th tradition practices for Online Meetings that you can download.
Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking.
The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking. There are no dues or fees for A.A. membership; we are self supporting through our own contributions. AA is not allied with any sect, denomination, politics, organization or institution; does not wish to engage in any controversy, neither endorses nor opposes any causes. Our primary purpose is to stay sober and help other alcoholics to achieve sobriety.
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Central Office of Western Colorado is seeking a volunteer to oversee content for our website. Responsibilities would include uploading our most current newsletter and adding flyer graphics to the Events page plus addition of content to Central Office of Western Colorado website. 2 years of sobriety is strongly recommended. You would need to own your own computer, have access to the internet and have an email account. Beneficial skills would be familiarity/experience with Photoshop, resizing of images, html coding, uploading flyers plus copywriting. There will be training and guidance available thru the Intergroup Technical Advisor and Central Office Coordinator. More information on the Web Chair position can be found on our Web Chair Guidelines Page.
Other service opporunties are also available. Visit the Volunteer Opportunities Page to learn more.