About Us


Worcester Area Intergroup (WAI) is an Alcoholics Anonymous intergroup serving the still sick alcoholic and AA community in central and metrowest Massachusetts. WAI meets monthly on the 2nd Thursday at 7pm, all delegates and interested AAs are welcome (in-person or via Zoom).


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WAI is a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit that supports local A.A. members and groups, the still-sick alcoholic, professionals, and those affected by alcoholism. WAI is guided by AA's twelve traditions and twelve concepts for world service, and is entirely supported by local AA members and groups. For more information:

WAI Services

WAI offers services and resources to the still-sick alcoholic and AA community, including:
» 24-hour hotline (HALTline, other AA hotlines)
» AA meeting lists (Printed Lists and Online List)
» An office open to the public (WAI Office Hours)
» An inventory of AA materials (Bookstore, Order Form)
» A calendar of local AA events (WAI Calendar)
» A website and newsletter (The Beacon)
» AA service volunteers (service chairs, other contacts)
» A confidential 12th step call list (Signup Form)

Supporting WAI

WAI is entirely funded via the contributions and purchases from AA members and groups. You may contribute by phone, mail or online, as shown below. To contribute monthly, see the "Faithful Fiver" page.


Mail | Phone ContributionsContribute Online
Worcester Area Intergroup
100 Grove St Suite 314
Worcester MA 01605
Ph:  
(508) 752-9000
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Worcester Area Towns & Villages

Acton
Ashburnham
Ashby
Ashland
Athol
Auburn
Ayer
Barre
Bellingham
Berlin
Blackstone
Bolton
Boxboro
Boylston
Brookfield
Charlton
Clinton
Concord
Devens
Douglas
Dudley
East Brookfield
Fitchburg
Framingham
Gardner
Grafton
Groton
Harvard
Holden
Holliston
Hopedale
Hopkinton
Hubbardston
Hudson
Lancaster
Leicester
Leominster
Lincoln
Littleton
Lunenburg
Marlboro
Maynard
Mendon
Milford
Millbury
Millville
Natick
New Braintree
North Brookfield
Northboro
Northbridge
Orange
Oxford
Paxton
Pepperell
Petersham
Phillipston
Princeton
Quinebaug
Rochdale
Rutland
Sherborn
Shirley
Shrewsbury
Southboro
Southbridge
Spencer
Sterling
Stow
Sturbridge
Sudbury
Sutton
Templeton
Townsend
Upton
Warren
Wayland
Webster
West Boylston
West Brookfield
Westboro
Westminster
Whitinsville
Winchendon
Worcester

WAI Membership, Officers & Service Positions

WAI is overseen by two committees, a Steering Committee and a Delegates Committee which together comprise the membership of WAI. Both committees hold a meeting on the 2nd Thursday of each month, to which all interested A.A.s are invited and encouraged to attend (for directions: click here).

The Steering Committee — the officers of WAI — consists of a chairperson, secretary, treasurer and their alternates, the office manager, and four trustees. The Steering Committee oversees the daily operations and finances of WAI. The Delegates Committee consists of the intergroup delegates from local AA groups. The Delegates Committee votes on all matters beyond the scope of the Steering Committee. At the delegates committee meeting WAI service committee chairpersons give reports, and all attendees can ask questions or share ideas, information, or concerns.

WAI officers, staff, and service positions are listed here. For more information about WAI, see the WAI Guidelines.

A.A. General Service Structure

A.A.'s general service structure is often depicted as an "inverted triangle", as shown below.


For AA General Service, North America is divided into Regions, with each region represented by a Regional Trustee on the General Service Board (GSB). Each region is divided into Areas, and each area is represented by an Area Delegate. Each area is further subdivided into Districts and each districts elects a District Committee Member (DCM) to represent the district at area meetings and assemblies.

At the top of the triangle are A.A. groups, with each represented by a General Service Representative (GSR) who can voice their group's conscience (and vote) at district meetings and area assemblies.

At the bottom of the triangle are two corporate entities: A.A. World Services Inc. (AAWS) and A.A. Grapevine Inc. (GV), which are governed by the GSB which, in turn, is governed by area delegates at the annual General Service Conference (GSC). The GSC itself has several boards and committees, as depicted in this GSC structure chart. Below is a chart of general service entities and the communication lines among them.

AA Communications Flowchart

An Intergroup Committee is mainly composed of Delegates from local AA groups. An AA group may elect a delegate to represent them at Intergroup committee meetings. An intergroup delegate is an A.A. group’s link to an Intergroup, equivalent to the GSRs who represent groups at District and Area assemblies. A district may also elect a delegate or District Liaison to serve as a link between the district and the intergroup. Similarly, an intergroup may elect an Area Liaison to represent the intergroup at area assemblies and committee meetings.

See the pamphlet Circles of Love and Service for an overview and see the AA Service Manual for details on A.A. general service. The Area 30 Handbook documents A.A. general service within eastern Massachusetts.

A.A. Intergroups & General Service

An A.A. Intergroup (also called a Central Office) is a committee or organization whose purpose is to serve A.A. groups at the local level. Intergroups often have a physical office and a 24-hour hotline and provide resources to support AA's primary purpose at the local level: to help the still sick and suffering alcoholic in collaboration with A.A. members and groups.

Intergroups and central offices have existed since the earliest days of A.A. and operate independently of A.A.’s General Service structure. Many intergroups are incorporated, nonprofit entities governed by charters or bylaws and elected officers and delegates, and may employ paid staff members.

Traditionally, general service committees and intergroups/central offices (IGCOs) have performed different functions. IGCOs provide local services; general service committees maintain the link between the A.A. groups and the A.A. General Service Board by means of the Conference. So these two separate but vital service structures coexist in many areas and function in mutual cooperation and harmony. The IGCO and AA general service structure are highlighted below.



Although an intergroup falls under the broader definition of AA "general service" (service beyond the group level), it is not to be confused with "General Service" — a shorthand reference to AA’s service structure. In Massachusetts and elsewhere, Intergroups and General Service entities (Areas, Districts) operate and exist independently. For more information on AA intergroups, see the Central or Intergroup Offices guidelines.


In addition to WAI, within Massachusetts' two areas — Eastern Mass (Area 30) and Western Mass (Area 31) — are these other intergroups and central offices:


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