OUTREACH

The Outreach subcommittee volunteers provide the following services:

  • Increase the public awareness of Co-Dependents Anonymous.
  • Respond to inquiries from business, government, media, private, and professional organizations who request CoDA information, but who are not necessarily seeking to participate in CoDA as members.
  • Manage the committee's current budget and submit a new budget for the next year.


To increase public awareness of CoDA, the subcommittee can:

  1. Distribute or mail CoDA info quarterly to therapists, hospitals, help-lines, libraries, community centers, and colleges etc., within a 5-10 minute radius of where a meeting is held. A quarterly mailing might include the local CoDA newsletter, updated meeting lists, upcoming event flyers & CoDA pamphlets.
  2. Hang CoDA flyers with meeting information in the community. Some suggestions for locations: churches, supermarkets, community bulletin boards, libraries, doctor’s offices. Remember to ask permission first.
  3. Organize and manage booths/ tables at conferences and health fairs.
  4. Donate CoDA literature to libraries.
  5. Provide Public Service Announcements to media outlets. More info in Reaching Out to All.
  6. Use the Press Release sample in the Fellowship Service Manual (Part 2 p.15) as a way to contact local newspapers.
  7. More public awareness ideas and discussion of Outreach & Tradition 11 (“Our public relations policy is based on attraction rather than promotion; we need always maintain personal anonymity at the level of press, radio, and film.”) are in the Outreach Resource Guide

PREREQUISITES

Committee: Sub-Committee membership may include any person who is a member of a CoDA group within the scope of LA CoDA. The only requirement for membership is a willingness to serve.

Chair: Any member of a CoDA group within the scope of LA CoDA may hold office as a Sub-Committee Chairperson, provided they have:

  1. At least one year active in the CoDA program working the Twelve Steps
  2. A working familiarity with the Twelve Traditions
  3. Attended at least four LACC meetings and four meetings of the Sub-Committee that they intend to chair. Under certain circumstances, the meeting attendance requirement can be waived.
  • The Chair of the committee needs to be able to attend the monthly Intergroup meeting and/ or provide a written report on subcommittee monthly progress.


MORE INFO

Check the LA CoDA Guidelines for more information and the Subcommittees page for when and where the committee meets.

QUESTIONS?

If you're interested in being a part of the committee, you don't have to attend every event or participate in each task. For example, you could offer to hand out the Info for Professionals flyer to some therapists every three months.

Contact outreach@lacoda.org for more info.

You are also welcome to attend the monthly LA CoDA Intergroup meeting the second Saturday of each month to get a feel for if you're interested.