Al‑Anon/Alateen Service

The first part of the Al‑Anon Alateen Service Manual (P-24/27) introduces Al‑Anon’s Three Legacies as Recovery through the Steps, Unity through the Traditions and Service through the Concepts.  But what is Service?  Our Twelfth Step suggests we carry the message of Al‑Anon to others, that is to take action. Taking action is the essence of Service and is a vital part of personal recovery.  Anything that you do to help someone suffering from the effects of another person’s drinking is service. This includes attending your meeting and sharing some part of your recovery.  Service can be helping to set up your meeting, starting a new group, or volunteering in the activities of one of Al‑Anon’s service arms such as Minneapolis Al‑Anon/Alateen Information Services, Saint Paul Al‑Anon/Alateen Intergroup, your District or Minnesota South Area.

The miracle of Service is that we gain at least as much for ourselves as our service provides to others.

Here are a few examples of Service outside the group:

  • Helping staff a information booth at a fair, a professional convention or a school of college event
  • Volunteering to answer phones and sell literature at an Information Service or Intergroup
  • Representing your group as a Group Representative (GR) at a district meeting or Area assembly
  • Being willing to take on the responsibility of an officer, committee chair or coordinator in your Area, District or Information Service
  • Participating in a mailing party to send an announcement of an upcoming event to Al‑Anon and Alateen groups
  • Serving as an AMIAS (Al-Anon Member Involved in Alateen Service) to help sponsor an Alateen group

Opportunities for Service

If you are an Al‑Anon or Alateen member and would like to participate in service activities outside the group, here are some current and ongoing needs.

Alateen Sharings for Just for Tonight Alateen Bookmark

The World Service Office is currently accepting sharings from Alateen members for a new Just for Tonight Alateen Bookmark, which was given conceptual approval by the 2021 World Service Conference. Please encourage all Alateen members to submit sharings for this project by December 31, 2021.

Alateen members can find the writing guide and/or submit sharings online at They can also email sharings to wso@al‑ (with "Alateen Just for Tonight" in the subject line), or mail to AFG, Inc., 1600 Corporate Landing Parkway, Virginia Beach, VA 23454-5617, Attn: "Alateen Just for Tonight."

St. Paul Al‑Anon/Alateen Intergroup Office Volunteers are needed to keep the Intergroup office open for literature purchases and to ensure there is a helpful voice when someone calls.  You can find information on the office volunteer page of the Information Services/Intergroup website.

Minneapolis Information Services and St. Paul Intergroup Home Phone Volunteers are needed to answer the phone after hours and on weekends. There is information about this on the home phone volunteer page of the Information Services/Intergroup website.

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Updated September 20, 2020