About the CSO
What is the CSO?
The Central Service Office (CSO) is an independent, non-profit, service organization whose mission is to carry the message of Alcoholics Anonymous to Pierce, North Mason, and Kitsap counties (see Districts Map).
The CSO is managed by the CSO Board which is composed of directors from Districts 9, 10, 29, 43, 44, 45, and 54.
The Puget Sound Central Service Office has by-laws that govern its operation. These were adopted on 6/9/2019 and will be periodically updated as the board requires. (see CSO By-laws).
What does the CSO do?
- Provides a 24/7 phone hotline (organized through the Twelfth Step Service Committee)
- Publishes the Where and When meeting booklet and an online meeting list web application
- Sells A.A. literature and coins
- Provides a physical meeting space for groups, standing committees, and conference organizers
- Publishes a monthly Puget Sound Gazette newsletter and maintains this website
- Provides mailboxes for all A.A. groups
- Provides a copy machine for A.A. groups to create flyers at a nominal cost
- And numerous other services to A.A. members and the greater community
How can I get involved?
- Attend a Twelfth Step Service Committee meeting to learn about opportunities to answer the phone hotline and/or get on the list to accept twelfth step calls
- Attend a CSO Committee meeting as a visitor (all are welcome) to learn about the behind the scenes business necessary to keep the CSO running
- Volunteer for a service position on the CSO Board (typically done at the November meeting)
- Make a onetime 7th Tradition contribution to the CSO and/or become a Faithful Fiver (contributing $5 a month)