Finding a Sponsor
Anyone looking for a sponsor would love to walk into a meeting less than 5 miles from their house, hear
an experienced member give a fantastic
share followed by an announcement
that they are available
How it usually works
It usually takes time and effort to find not only an ACA'er who is available to sponsor, but also someone
that is the right fit for you.
How to Find a Traditional Sponsor
It can be challenging to find a sponsor in the National Capital Area, as there are more sponsees than available sponsors. The following steps have proven effective for area sponsees to find sponsors.
Members generally identify someone whose program they admire in meetings they attend. They approach potential sponsors and ask if they are taking on sponsees. Set up a time for followup discussion to explore whether the relationship is going to be a fit. Make sure there is agreement on how you will work together and a regular time and place to meet. When the sponsorship is underway, arrange a time to revisit whether it is working for both sponsor and sponsee.
Some members have been known to notify the group during announcements that they are looking for a sponsor and request that available sponsors speak to them after the meeting.
2. Visit other meetings (be willing to travel)
Many members do not find a sponsor in their home group and thus travel to meetings farther away to seek out a sponsor. Some members in the National Capital Area drive an hour or more to visit other meetings.
3. Try telephone and online meetings
If you can't find a sponsor from the meetings in your area, you may be able to find a sponsor from a phone or online meeting. Many of these meetings have a time at the end where there is an opportunity to exchange contact information.