Night Owl Program

General Information

Night Owl

What is Night Owl?

Night Owl is an opportunity to help the still suffering alcoholic.  You can answer the phones in the office, or at your home.  It is a very big deal for you or your group to sign up for one of these shifts.  Is it a fantastic way to be of service to AA, and it helps the Intergroup office financially, because until June 2005, we had to have a contract with a non-alcoholic answering service to answer on our behalf when a shift stood open.  Because of continuing involvement of groups and individuals, this expense has been eliminated.  However, we can't sit back and rest on our laurels, because we must now commit to continually covering all the shifts of the month with volunteers.

What are the requirements to be a volunteer?

  • Have a phone where you can recieve calls
  • One Year of Sobriety
  • Regular attendance at AA Meetings
  • Familiar with the steps and Traditions
  • Have and review current night owl packet and suggestions (or have access to online packet)
  • Have a meeting directory or access to online directory
  • Attend orientation or a Night Owl workshop

When and where can I serve as night owl?


The open shifts list indicates which shifts are the responsibility of the night owl program.  Talk to the night owl coordinator about which of these are currently available.


Anywhere.  You roll the intergroup phone to whatever number you choose (home or cell).  You are provided with a folder that has all the resources.  In addition, all the information in the folder is available online at this site in the Night Owl Instructions.

What can I expect?

  • Evening Shift (5:30 PM to 10:00 PM) — There are generally 2 to 10 calls mostly people looking for meetings.
  • Overnight Shift (10:00 PM to 6:00 AM) — There are generally 1 to 3 calls from people who are looking for help.  You are provided with a 12 step list.
  • Early Bird Shift (6:00 AM to 9:30 AM) — The phone rings between 5 and 10 times, mostly people looking for meeting information.

I have a question, who do I call?

Contact the office for additional information.

What shifts are available?

Review the open shifts or contact the office.

How do I sign up?

Volunteer on-line or contact the office.

What happens after I sign up?

All new Night Owl volunteers are required to attend either a Night Owl workshop (See Upcoming events for the next scheduled workshop) or an orientation before they can take a shift.  Interested volunteers can just show up or call for more info.