Service Opportunities

The purpose of this page is to show the San Mateo County fellowship the service opportunities that are available for the service committees!

Central Office:

Central Office has volunteers answer the phones, help the members who need literature, fold cards, schedules, etc. You need 1 year sobriety, working knowledge of the steps, and computer knowledge. We have 4 hour shifts available either from 8:30-12:30 or 12:30-4:30. If interested please call 650-577-1310.


Two thirds of the people who enter the rooms of AA are encouraged to do so from non-AA individuals. Properly informing the general public and professionals that come in contact with the alcoholic of what AA does and does not do is an integral part of carrying the message. It is important we remember that while AA is an anonymous society it is not a secret society. Opportunities vary from staffing an AA information table at events (6 months sobriety) to presenting at High Schools, Colleges and professional organizations (2 years sobriety). The committee meets on the first Tuesday at 6:45PM at St. Andrews Lutheran Church. If you are interested in participating or have suggestions on where AA can be of service the committee can be reached at or contact Brent M. at 650-918-2136.


Teleservice volunteers answer the San Mateo Central Office phone lines when they are closed. Volunteer requirements are 1 year of sobriety, a working phone and a good knowledge of the 12 Steps and 12 Traditions. Our next business meeting is on December 1st at 7 PM at Central Office. We have 30 Back Lines open. Shifts are assigned in 4-hour periods once a month. If you’ve had a Teleservice shift and would like to be more involved with Teleservice please reach out as we will be looking for 7 new daily coordinators to start April 2020. Teleservice volunteers use a 12 step list for San Mateo county. If you’d like to be included on it Please contact Jenn P., Chair at (650) 461-0320 or Eden C., Information Chair at (650) 868-1116 for more information.

Bridging the Gap:

We are volunteers willing to bring newcomers just leaving a facility to their first few AA meetings in their home community and introduce them to other members. Bridging the Gap is in need of volunteers to bring presentations into facilities such as Palm Avenue (Saturdays at 1:30 pm) and other facilities or to serve as contact persons. Volunteer requirements are 2 years of sobriety and a good knowledge of the 12 Steps and 12 Traditions. It is just a 1-hour time commitment. If you are interested in being added to the list or have signed up in the past but may need contact information updated, please Ted B. at (650) 583-2935. The BTG committee meets on the first Monday of the month, at St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church, at 7:30 p.m.

Sunshine Club:

We take meetings to AA members who are temporarily hospitalized or homebound due to illness or injury. Orientations are held as requested at the Foster City Library Community Center, 1000 East Hillsdale Boulevard, Foster City, 2nd Floor (Living Sober Group Meeting). Please call Ed V., Coordinator at (650) 222-5582, for more information or e-mail

Hospitals & Institutions

We are volunteers that bring meetings into Hospitals and Institutions, to people that can’t get out to meetings. There are always openings for people to volunteer. The requirements are either 6 months of recovery or 5 years depending on the institution. We currently have openings for volunteers with 6 months requirement at: Safe Harbor Shelter, Mills Peninsula Hospital, Palm Avenue Detox, Cordilleras Center, Our Common Ground, VA Hospital, Hope House, Maple Street Shelter, Hillcrest Girls Juvenile, Canyon Oaks Youth, and Margaret J Kemp Center Girls Camp. We also have openings for volunteers with 5 years requirement at: both Men’s Jails (Bradford Street and Maple Street) and the Women’s Jail. Also, a lot of openings for Spanish speakers. If you are interested in being of service with H & I you can go to the Service Meeting on the Fourth Tuesday of the month at 15th and El Camino in San Mateo at 7:15. You can also call Joey at 650-207-3525 or the Central Office at 650-577-1310.

Anniversary Party

Becky N. reported that the Central Office party is going to be October 5th at the American Legion, 651 El Camino Real, Redwood City. We will need volunteers as we get closer to the event. We are having our first meeting for the committee on July 31st at 6:00 PM at Central Office. Anyone wanting to help are welcome to attend. Please call Don at Central Office 650-577-1310 if you would like to volunteer and have some fun putting the Central Office Party together.

General Service

 The General Service District 05 meets on the third Tuesday of the month, at St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church, at 7:30 p.m. We have an orientation for new GSR’s at 6:30 p.m. and a concept study at 7:00 p.m. as well. If your group does not currently have a GSR, please encourage to elect one. That way they will be connected to AA as a whole