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 the greater Pierce County area including North Mason County and the Kitsap peninsula (see Districts Map).

The CSO is managed by the CSO Committee which is composed of representatives from Districts 9, 10, 29, 43, 44, 45, and 54.

The CSO is not a part of the AA Service Structure, but was established to carry out certain functions common to all local groups (see AA Guidelines for Central or Intergroup Offices).

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 AA literature and coins
  • Provides a physical meeting space for groups, standing committees, and conference organizers.
  • Publishes a monthly Pierce's Progress newsletter and maintains this website
  • Provides mailboxes for all AA groups
  • Provides a copy machine for AA groups to create flyers at a nominal cost
  • And numerous other services to AA 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 Committee (typically done at the December meeting)
  • Make a onetime 7th Tradition contribution to the CSO and/or become a Faithful Fiver (contributing $5 a month)