The general mission of your area public information subcommittee is to inform addicts and others in the community of the availability of recovery in Narcotics Anonymous. Services provided by PR subcommittees vary widely from area to area. The simplest kind of PR project is the production and distribution of fliers throughout the community announcing that NA is available and that more information can be had either by calling the local NA information phoneline or by attending an NA meeting. As PR subcommittees become better developed, they often conduct public meetings for community members, distribute public service announcements to local radio and television stations, and respond to public media inquiries. Some PR subcommittees develop separate working groups called CPC panels (short for cooperation with the professional community) to focus especially on the NA community’s relations with local treatment professionals. A Guide to Public Information, available from your local PR subcommittee or by writing the World Service Office, provides detailed information on conducting a wide range of projects designed to increase community awareness of Narcotics Anonymous. Many public information projects serve primarily to encourage people to call the local phoneline for more information on NA. Because of the close link between public information and phoneline work, it will often benefit these two subcommittees to cultivate close relationships with one another. Some phoneline and PR subcommittees make it a standard policy to send members to one another’s meetings to better facilitate communication between the two. In some areas, a single subcommittee administers both the phoneline and NA’s public relations program. The phoneline subcommittee maintains a telephone information service for Narcotics Anonymous that helps addicts and others in the community find us easily and quickly. Phoneline volunteers often serve as the first point of contact between the community-at-large and the NA Fellowship. For this reason, it’s vital that careful attention be paid to the work of this subcommittee. Phoneline subcommittees in different NA communities organize their work in different ways to meet local needs. In some areas, PR and phoneline services are operated jointly by a single subcommittee. In smaller communities, the phoneline may be as simple as a call-forwarding service connecting callers with NA members’ home telephones. In the larger metropolitan areas, computerized systems may route incoming calls to the appropriate people and information. For more details on NA phonelines, consult A Guide to Phoneline Service, available from your local phoneline subcommittee or by writing the World Service Office.