Public Information /Cooperation with the Professional Community (PI)/(CPC)
Public Information (PI)
The purpose of this standing committee is to carry the message of Alcoholics Anonymous to the alcoholic who still suffers through the use of the media and public speakers. This committee serves as the central source of information that is made available to the public in the Chicago area regarding Alcoholics Anonymous. The committee ensures that any information the public receives is correct and is given within the guidelines of the Twelve Traditions of Alcoholics Anonymous.
Cooperation with the Professional Community (CPC)
The purpose of this standing committee is to provide information about AA on request to those non-alcoholics who have contact with alcoholics through their profession. Examples are: physicians, nurses, lawyers, judges, social workers, union leaders, industrial managers, as well those working in the field of alcoholism. The committee provides information about what AA can and cannot do. The committee establishes cooperation between Alcoholics Anonymous and the professional community.
If you believe that carrying the A.A. message to still suffering alcoholics and to professionals who work with them is one way to ensure your own sobriety (Big Book, Pg. 89) and to give back freely what has been given to you (12&12, Pg. 110), then volunteer some of your time to help the PI and CPC committees carry the A.A. message. Whether you want to serve on the committees themselves to help plan events or prefer to interact directly with professionals and the public, we’ve got a role for you! Here are examples of the activities you can help carry out:
- Staff an informational booth at a local college, community affair, or statewide conference.
- Work with a coalition of substance abuse and mental health agencies to hold a community forum.
- Distribute A.A. brochures, meeting schedules, & literature to homeless shelters, police stations, & libraries.
- Act as resource people for DUI classes to talk about our own experience and what A.A. has to offer.
Whatever your persuasion, working behind the scenes to help A.A. carry the message, or interacting face-to-face with the public and professionals, Public Information (PI) and Cooperation with Professional Communities (CPC) welcome your service!