Group and Member Contributions in Al-Anon ~ Where Can They be Sent?

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Tradition 6: “Our Family Groups ought never endorse, finance or lend our name to any outside enterprise, lest problems of money, property and prestige divert us from our primary spiritual aim. Although a separate entity, we should always co-operate with Alcoholics Anonymous.”

Tradition 7: “Every group ought to be fully self-supporting, declining outside contributions.”

Our Traditions tell us our Al-Anon groups ought to be fully self-supporting and may not accept outside contributions. Our Traditions also tell us we cannot finance or lend our name to any outside enterprise; however, we can make donations within our Al-Anon and Alateen service structures. These are the service entities within Al-Anon that can accept your group contributions and how to send  them in. Also, based on Tradition 7, we can only accept contributions from Al-Anon members or Al-Anon groups.

The following are Al-Anon service entities able to accept group donations from members and groups within Westchester and Putnam Counties:

Districts

The District is the first level of service above the group level. The District Representative (DR) leads these meetings and Group Representatives (GRs) attend.  GRs are voting members; however, all Al-Anon members are invited to attend as visitors and to participate in the discussion. The Westchester Putnam AIS contains 4 districts.

District 24

GRs can bring their group donations in person to the District Meetings, or groups can mail donations to the district; see below for instructions. Check the A.I.S. website for meeting dates/times. District 24 encompasses all groups located in Westchester south of Route 287 (Cross-Westchester Expressway), and meets five (5) times per year at St. Vincent’s Hospital, 275 North Street, Harrison, NY, 10528.

Make check payable to:  District 24 AFG, and mail to P.O. Box 441 Bronxville, NY 10708

District 25/26

GRs can also bring their group donations in person to the District Meetings, or groups can mail donations to the district treasurer. Check the A.I.S. website for meeting locations, dates/times. District 25/26 encompasses all groups located in Westchester north of Route 287 (Cross-Westchester Expressway).

District 27

GRs can also bring their group donations in person to the District Meetings, or groups can mail donations to the district treasurer. Check the A.I.S. website for meeting locations, dates/times. District 27 encompasses all of Putnam County.

Area (Area Assembly)

The Area is the next level of service above the District level. Our Area is called the New York South Assembly Area. The Area includes all Al-Anon groups in 34 Districts in the following 14 counties: 1) Bronx, 2) Dutchess, 3) Kings (Brooklyn), 4) Nassau, 5) New York (Manhattan), 6) Orange, 7) Putnam, 8) Queens, 9) Richmond (Staten Island), 10) Rockland, 11) Sullivan, 12) Suffolk, 13) Ulster and 14) Westchester. The Area meets four (4) times per year at Maryknoll Center, Pinesbridge/Ryder Roads, Ossining, NY.  GRs (or AGRs) attend these meetings as voting members, however, all Al-Anon members are invited to attend as visitors and to participate in the discussion. See the website for meeting dates/times: www.al-anonny.org

Make check payable to:  New York South Assembly Area, and mail to: PO Box 30, Radio City Station New York, NY 10101-0030

Westchester-Putnam Al-Anon Information Service (A.I.S.)

The Westchester-Putnam Al-Anon Information Service (A.I.S.) is our information/communication link to members/groups/newcomers and to the professional communities in Westchester and Putnam counties (Districts 24, 25, 26 and 27.) A.I.S. maintains our website which contains our meeting list, notifications, anniversaries/events, schedule of A.I.S. meetings, schedule of District meetings, etc. A.I.S. meets four (4) times per year at the Emanuel Lutheran Church, 197 Manville Road, Pleasantville, NY, 10570. AGRs (Alternate Group Reps) attend A.I.S. meetings as voting members, however, all Al-Anon members are invited to attend as visitors and to participate in the discussion. The A.I.S. website address is: www.westchesterputnamalanon.org.

Make check payable to: Al-Anon Information Service or A.I.S., and mail to: P.O. Box 868, White Plains, NY 10602-0868

World Service Office (WSO):

World Service is our national/international headquarters and our connection to the worldwide fellowship of Al-Anon and Alateen.  Unlike outside organizations, Al-Anon has “bottom up” decision-making.  This means that matters which affect Al-Anon as a whole begin with feedback from the groups. GRs bring their group’s conscience to District meetings and/or to the Area Assembly meetings. The Area elects a Delegate who is our representative at the World Service level.  The Delegate attends WSO’s annual World Service Conference and presents our groups’ conscience.

Most communications to WSO are made through our Delegate. The World Service website is: www.al-anon.alateen.org.

Make check payable to: Al-Anon Family Groups, and mail to: 1600 Corporate Landing Pkwy Virginia Beach, VA  23454-5617

New York City Al-Anon Intergroup:

NYC Al-Anon Intergroup is our Local Distribution Center (LDC) for Conference Approved Literature (CAL.) Our LDC is the original clearinghouse for Al-Anon literature.  Our Service Manual encourages groups to support your LDC by ordering your CAL from them.  Intergroup also maintains a website with information about meetings in NYC, group anniversaries and other NYC Al-Anon events. In addition to purchasing literature from our LDC, groups may also decide to send donations. Their web site is at www.nycalanon.org.

Make check payable to: NYC Al-Anon Intergroup, and mail check to: 4 W. 43rd Street, Suite 308 New York, NY 10036. Or you can pay via PayPal at their web site: www.nycalanon.org.