Self Support and the Seventh Tradition

“Self-support begins with me, because I am part of us – the group. We pay our rent and utility bills, buy coffee, snacks and A.A. Literature. We support our central office, our area committee, and our General Service Office. If it were not for those entities, many new people would never discover the miracles of A.A.”

Reprinted from Self-Support: Where Money and Spirituality Mix, page 5, with permission of A.A. World Services, Inc.

Contributions can be made by Bank Transfer. If you need our bank account information please request it here.

In keeping with the Seventh Tradition, UNITY Portugal Intergroup of A.A. limits contributions to two sources: A.A. groups, and individual A.A. members.

Together, group and individual contributions make it possible for us to coordinate the services which individual groups in Portugal cannot provide and to facilitate twelfth step work.

About Group Contributions

UNITY Portugal appreciates contributions from A.A. members, but does not want to diminish contributions to local A.A. groups.  Our local groups need contributions to pay for basic expenses like rent, coffee, refreshments and A.A. literature. Then after covering basic expenses, the group may decide to send money to, Intergroup, Region or the General Service Office.

Examples of group contributions to A.A. service entities can be found in the A.A. pamphlet:
SELF SUPPORT: Where Money & Spirituality Mix

Why Groups Collect 7th Tradition

Our regular meeting locations have operating expenses

  • Our meetings rely on contributions to pay their rent and utilities
  • Meeting supplies are needed – coffee, paper products, literature, refreshments.

UNITY Intergroup has operating expenses, we are primarily funded by groups.

  • This Website– which we may now rely on more than ever!
  • Phone lines, internet hosting fees, developer fees and other ongoing expenses
  • Printing, postage, etc

Any Other AA service structures that a group is affiliated with will have expenses

  • AA Portugal (Portuguese language) has expenses
  • AA Continental European Region (English language) has expenses