What Does NYIG Do?

What Does NYIG Do?

The Inter-Group Association of Alcoholics Anonymous of New York, Inc., fondly referred to as New York Inter-Group (“NYIG”) helps New York area A.A. groups fulfill their primary purpose — carrying the A.A. message to still-suffering alcoholics.  Since 1946, NYIG has been an information exchange center for A.A. groups in the greater New York City area.

For The Individual, NYIG

Answers Calls for Help:

Phone volunteers answer calls daily from 9:00AM to 2:00AM and provide A.A. meeting information as well as contact information for other Inter-Group and Central Offices.  Volunteers also refer Twelfth-Step calls to local A.A. group members.

Responds to Correspondence:

NYIG reponds to thousands of letters and emails annually regarding subjects such as contributions, literature sales, meeting lists, bulletin announcements, meeting changes, and requests for information about Alcoholics Anonymous from interested persons, such as students, professionals, and alcoholics and their families.

Helps Alcoholics Find Hospital Detox Facilities:

Through the Hospital Information Desk, A.A. member volunteers provide alcoholics with information regarding available hospital detox treatment.

Carries the A.A. message into Treatment Centers, Prisons and Shelters:

The Corrections & Treatment Facilities Committee brings English and Spanish speaking A.A. meetings and literature into treatment centers, prisons and shelters throughout the greater New York City Area.

Helps Alcoholics Transition From Institutions to Meetings:

NYIG’s Bridging the Gap service connects alcoholics transitioning out of treatment facilities with A.A. members who bring them to their first A.A. meeting outside the institution.

For The Groups, NYIG

Hosts NYIG Delegates’ Meetings:

At quarterly Delegates’ Meetings, members of the Steering Committee report to delegates about the ongoing responsibilities and activities of NYIG, including finances, individual Committees and Areas, and special events.

Sponsors Quarterly Exchange Meetings (Also referred to as “Booking Meetings”):

Exchange Meetings provide A.A. groups with the opportunity to “exchange” speaker commitments.  Two Exchange Meetings. are held each quarter, one in Manhattan and one in Westchester.

Hosts Workshop On Roles of Group Officers:

NYIG conducts quarterly workshops on the suggested duties of group officers.

Sponsors Area Forums:

Area Forums are bi-monthly meetings of NYIG Delegates from each Area (the five boroughs of New York City and Westchester).  An Area Representative, elected at their respective forum, leads the forums and serves on NYIG’s Steering Committee.  Area Forums provide the opportunity for delegates to learn about NYIG activities and communicate group concerns.

Sells Anniversary Coins and A.A. Conference-Approved  Literature:

NYIG sells Anniversary coins and Conference-approved literature. Orders may be submitted via email to: literature@NYIntergroup.org or by fax to: (212) 647-1648.  Merchandise can be shipped or picked up at the NYIG office Monday through Friday from 9:00AM to 6:30PM, and Saturdays from 10:00AM to 4:00PM.

Reports on NYIG Activities:

A.A. Groups may request Steering Committee members visit their meetings to speak about NYIG, its activities, and service opportunities available to A.A. members and groups.

For The Fellowship, NYIG

Maintains and Publishes Local Meeting Lists:

NYIG provides information on the over 4,000 A.A. meetings held weekly in the area, both online and in print.  A copy of the Meeting Book is printed biannually, in June and December.

Hosts Special Events:

NYIG hosts several annual events with support from A.A. member volunteers and NYIG staff.  Events include:

Big Meeting*
Corrections and Treatment Facilities Committee Dinner Dance Fundraiser for Literature
Old Timers’ Speaker Meeting,* 
Bill W. Dinner.
*There is no charge for attendance at both the Big Meeting and Old Timers’ Speaker Meeting.

Publishes Bulletins / Flyers:

NYIG bulletins and flyers are items of interest to local A.A. groups; they are generally announced at the secretary break of a meeting.  Bulletins keep the fellowship informed about the various committee activities, special events and A.A. happenings in the area.

Provide Information about A.A. to the Public:

The Public Information Committee provides information about what A.A. is and what it does to non-A.A. groups, suchs as schools, colleges, and senior citizens’ centers.  Bilingual English/Spanish speaking A.A. members are available on request.

Publish sober NEWS:

Sober NEWS is NYIG’s free quarterly newsletter.  Articles about Twelfth-Step service from A.A. members and groups are welcome.  Articles of 300 words or less may be emailed to sobernews@nyintergroup.org or mailed to the attention of the Sober NEWS Editor at NYIG.