Telephone Answering Service (TAS) Information and Signup
Telephone Answering Service
The Big Book says…
Practical experience shows that nothing will so much ensure immunity from drinking as intensive work with other alcoholics. It works when other activities fail.“Reprinted from Alcoholics Anonymous, pages 89, with permission of A.A. World Services, Inc.“
Being a member of the Telephone Answering Service volunteer group is an essential link for the alcoholic who still suffers and finding the help that the sufferer needs.
TAS service was established in late 2020 for the Saskatoon and District AA Central Office. Since that time there has been many calls and people who have received the help they were looking for. Not to mention the reduced costs of this service to the Intergroup and Central Office budgets… ultimately to the local AA members. This service has been a great success and many thanks go to the AA members who first started this service.
TAS is entirely run by the volunteers of the Saskatoon and District AA groups and its members. There is a member who holds a chair at the Intergroup level and answers to that committee. Then there is a small group of AA Members to administer the system, to keep it working, by finding volunteers and working on the “backend” to direct the calls through the Call Forwarding System.
Please help us keep the Helpline work efficiently. Becoming a volunteer is easy. The calls received by the volunteer vary in a couple of ways. The caller could just be looking for information about a meeting location and time. They could be looking for general information about Alcoholics Anonymous and there are calls from the alcoholic who still suffers.
Generally, the TAS volunteer can answer the calls about the meetings or inquires about Alcoholics Anonymous. The volunteer can also take the call from the sufferer and complete the 12 Step Call or they can forward the callers information to a person who is on the 12 Step list. In all cases, the “help” requested has been given.
The TAS volunteer puts their name forward by signing up (on the next TAB above) and becomes a part of the essential link. Please contact Greg L at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
Quick Links for the Volunteer
Alcoholics Anonymous — World Service
Alcoholics Anonymous (The Big Book) — Chapter 7 Working with Others
Saskatoon and District AA — Meeting List
When you are signed up to be a volunteer and are in the rotation of taking calls, you will have access to the 12-Step list where you can use that list to find someone to complete a 12 Step Call.