Getting Involved - Being of Service

What does being of service mean and why should I get involved? When NA members share in our regular meetings, they will often discuss being of service. Newcomers may be confused about what exactly that means. The majority of tasks completed for NA are performed by the individual members who volunteer their time. So, being of service in NA simply means volunteering your time for NA. When an NA member shares about being involved in service you will frequently hear them share how good he or she feels about it. In fact, our sponsors may tell us to “get involved in service” almost from day one. One of the things we learn in our recovery is that the core of our disease is self-centeredness. We also learn that providing selfless service to NA is one way to combat the disease of addiction. While volunteering for NA, members of our Fellowship find that being of service is an important and integral part of the recovery. Ultimately being of service to NA is one way that many of our members choose to demonstrate their gratitude for what NA has given to them. It’s a way of giving back.

How do I start being of service?

One of the best ways to get started in NA services is to choose a group that you feel comfortable at and attend regularly. We call this a home group because it suggests a place where we fit in and belong. Some of the ways NA members do service in their home groups are:

  • Showing up early and help setting up the meeting
  • Greeting members as they arrive to the meeting
  • Making coffee
  • Volunteering to chair the meeting
  • Staying after the meeting to help clean up
  • Participating in the group’s business meetings

What is a group business meeting?

Most NA groups have a monthly meeting called a business meeting. Discussions during business meetings usually include items such as making sure there is a good supply of literature on hand and electing new members to fulfill the group’s tasks. It is also a time to discuss how well the home group is fulfilling its primary purpose; to carry the message of recovery to the addict who stills suffers (Tradition Five). Since NA groups are the final authority on all issues relating to NA, this is also a time to discuss the actions and activities of the Area Service Committee (ASC). Following is a description of what an ASC is and an overview of some of its functions and responsibilities.

What is an Area Service Committee?

An Area Service Committee (ASC) refers to the volunteers and committees as defined by a collection of neighboring groups. Each ASC provides services for the groups and the community, allowing each group to focus on its primary purpose. In Connecticut, there are nine Area Service Committees and each of them has different subcommittees that perform specific tasks. Some of these tasks include organizing activities, distributing literature, bringing NA meetings into treatment centers and jails, and helping inform the public about Narcotics Anonymous. You may be familiar with the term officers when it comes to elected members of volunteer committees. In NA, these elected members are called trusted servants. One of the first trusted servant positions you will encounter in your home group is a GSR (Group Service Representative). This is the NA member that your home group elects to represent you at the monthly Area meeting. GSR’s carry the conscience of your home group to each Area meeting.. They are responsible for reporting the actions and activities of the Area to their home groups.

What is an Area Subcommittee?

The area also has several subcommittees with specific tasks. Each subcommittee has one chairperson elected by the Area Service Committee. Following is a brief description of each subcommittee.

Public Relations
Our relations with the public enable us to share this message broadly so that those who might benefit from our program of recovery can find us. We perform public relations service to increase the awareness and credibility of the NA program.

Activities
Coordinates events such as dances, picnics, comedy shows, etc. in a safe and clean environment and provides a greater sense of community for the local NA Fellowship.

Hospitals & Institutions (H&I)
Carries the message of recovery in NA to those addicts in hospitals and/or institutions such as treatment centers, jails, and prisons.

Literature
Acquires and distributes NA-approved literature and key tags to the groups in the Areas. Also, reviews any new literature being developed and provides input.

Policy
Maintains guidelines for how the committees coordinate services and handle issues.

Writing Steps for Recovery (WSR)
Provides written correspondence with addicts that are incarcerated so that they have an opportunity to begin working the steps of NA.

Board of Directors & Convention Committee
The Convention Committee organizes an annual celebration of recovery in our Region. The Board of Directors oversees the legal aspect of the event.

Should I get involved?

Absolutely! We encourage you to choose a home group and become involved immediately. Many of us have found that our home group is the beginning of our path of service to NA. Many of us have also discussed being of service with our sponsor and found that he or she encourages this participation and may have additional suggestions for our involvement in Area Service. We also encourage you to attend an Area Service Committee or subcommittee meeting soon so you can discover which area of service most interests you. Unity is the principle or our First Tradition, and we welcome you to experience the unity of the Narcotics Anonymous Fellowship through service. 

Calendar of Service Committee meetings in Connecticut

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GNHA PR 12:00 pm
GNHA PR
Oct 3 @ 12:00 pm – 12:00 pm
GNHA PR @ New Haven | Connecticut | United States
Greater New Haven Area Public Relations subcommittee meeting
TVASC 1:00 pm
TVASC
Oct 3 @ 1:00 pm – 1:00 pm
TVASC @ First Church of Christ | New Britain | Connecticut | United States
Tunxis Valley Area Service Committee meeting Meeting In-Person
GNHA Literature 3:00 pm
GNHA Literature
Oct 3 @ 3:00 pm – 3:00 pm
GNHA Literature @ Old Saybrook | Connecticut | United States
Greater New Haven Area Literature subcommittee meeting Meets the Sunday before the GNHASC meeting (which is on the 1st Monday …
USASC 7:30 pm
USASC
Oct 3 @ 7:30 pm – 7:30 pm
USASC @ Meeting Virtually Until Further Notice | Norwich | Connecticut | United States
United Shoreline Area Service Committee meeting Meeting Virtually Zoom Meeting ID: 673 242 565 Password: 06032 Join URL: https://zoom.us/j/673242565?pwd=YlhoMUhna1VFMFdYSlR3Q2QyM3VNQT09 Dial …
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CCASC 7:00 pm
CCASC
Oct 4 @ 7:00 pm – 7:00 pm
CCASC @ Immanuel Lutheran Church | Meriden | Connecticut | United States
Central Connecticut Area Service Committee meeting. Meeting Back In-Person starting June 7, 2021  
GNHA H&I 7:00 pm
GNHA H&I
Oct 4 @ 7:00 pm – 7:00 pm
GNHA H&I @ Montowese Baptist Church | North Haven | Connecticut | United States
Greater New Haven Area Hospitals & Institutions subcommittee meeting 6:30pm Orientation, 7:00pm Regular meeting
GNHASC 7:00 pm
GNHASC
Oct 4 @ 7:00 pm – 7:00 pm
GNHASC @ Montowese Baptist Church | North Haven | Connecticut | United States
Greater New Haven Area Service Committee meeting
GWA PR 7:00 pm
GWA PR
Oct 4 @ 7:00 pm – 7:00 pm
GWA PR @ All Saints Episcopal Church | Watertown | Connecticut | United States
Greater Waterbury Area Public Relations subcommittee meeting
GWASC 7:00 pm
GWASC
Oct 4 @ 7:00 pm – 7:15 pm
GWASC @ First Congregational Church | Thomaston | Connecticut | United States
Greater Waterbury Area Service Committee Meeting Meeting HYBRID (In-Person & Virtually Meeting Virtually Zoom Meeting ID: 863 1425 1807 Password: …
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USA Literature 6:00 pm
USA Literature
Oct 5 @ 6:00 pm – 6:00 pm
USA Literature
United Shoreline Area Literature subcommittee meeting
GHA H&I 6:30 pm
GHA H&I
Oct 5 @ 6:30 pm – 6:30 pm
GHA H&I @ Grace Episcopal Church | Newington | Connecticut | United States
Greater Hartford Area Hospitals & Institutions subcommittee meeting. Same location as Straight Ahead Group 6:30pm until Finished
GDA H&I 7:45 pm
GDA H&I
Oct 5 @ 7:45 pm – 7:45 pm
GDA H&I @ Danbury | Connecticut | United States
GDA Hospitals & Institutions (H&I) subcommittee meeting
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USA PR 6:15 pm
USA PR
Oct 7 @ 6:15 pm – 6:15 pm
USA PR @ Meeting Virtually Until Further Notice | Montville | Connecticut | United States
United Shoreline Area Public Information & Phoneline subcommittee meeting 6:15pm orientation, 6:30 business meeting Meeting Virtually Zoom Meeting ID: 813 …
GWA H&I 7:30 pm
GWA H&I
Oct 7 @ 7:30 pm – 7:30 pm
GWA H&I @ Thomaston Savings Bank - Waterbury | Waterbury | Connecticut | United States
Greater Waterbury Area Hospitals & Institutions subcommittee meeting
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CCA PR 6:15 pm
CCA PR
Oct 8 @ 6:15 pm – 6:15 pm
CCA PR @ Meeting Virtually Until Further Notice | Meriden | Connecticut | United States
Meeting Via Zoom Until further Notice Zoom Meeting ID: Password: (WAITING ON NEW LOCATION INFORMATION) Central Connecticut Area Public Relations …
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GHA Activities 2:00 pm
GHA Activities
Oct 9 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
GHA Activities @ St. Patricks/St. Anthony's Church | Hartford | Connecticut | United States
Greater Hartford Area Activities subcommittee meeting
GHA PR 2:00 pm
GHA PR
Oct 9 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
GHA PR @ St. Patricks/St. Anthony's Church | Hartford | Connecticut | United States
Greater Hartford Area Public Relations subcommittee meeting
GHASC 3:00 pm
GHASC
Oct 9 @ 3:00 pm – 3:00 pm
GHASC @ Meeting Virtually Until Further Notice | Hartford | Connecticut | United States
Greater Hartford Area Service Committee Meeting Via Zoom Until further Notice Zoom Meeting ID: 863 9558 9537 Passcode: 06105 https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86395589537?pwd=amtKcmhSV2g4UU5Cd0p2dWhmNkM0QT09 …
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CT Convention Committee 1:00 pm
CT Convention Committee
Oct 10 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
CT Convention Committee @ Location Varies | New Britain | Connecticut | United States
Connecticut Regional Convention Committee meeting
CT BOD 3:00 pm
CT BOD
Oct 10 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
CT BOD @ Meets After Convention Com at variying Location | Middletown | Connecticut | United States
Not Meeting until Further Notice. Connecticut Regional Convention Corporation Board of Directors meeting Meets after the Connecticut Convention Committee at …
CCA Activities 5:30 pm
CCA Activities
Oct 10 @ 5:30 pm – 5:30 pm
CCA Activities @ Immanuel Lutheran Church | Meriden | Connecticut | United States
Central Connecticut Area Activities subcommittee meeting
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MSUA Retreat 6:00 pm
MSUA Retreat
Oct 11 @ 6:00 pm – 6:00 pm
MSUA Retreat
Mid-State Unity Area Retreat subcommittee meeting
MSUA Literature 6:15 pm
MSUA Literature
Oct 11 @ 6:15 pm – 6:15 pm
MSUA Literature
Mid-State Unity Area Literature subcommittee meeting
CT WSR 7:00 pm
CT WSR
Oct 11 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
CT WSR @ Zoom
Writing Steps for Recovery subcommittee meeting The meeting link for WSR is: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88990900869?pwd=VDQ5YkwvVVlUR09va2YxL2VnSnlrUT09 (Zoom Meeting ID: 889 9090 0869 – …
MSUASC 7:00 pm
MSUASC
Oct 11 @ 7:00 pm – 7:00 pm
MSUASC @ First Congregational Church | Portland | Connecticut | United States
Mid-State Unity Area Service Committee meeting
CT H&I 7:30 pm
CT H&I
Oct 11 @ 7:30 pm – 7:30 pm
CT H&I @ The Renaissance Club | Wallingford | Connecticut | United States
Connecticut Regional Hospitals & Institutions subcommitee meeting This is a Hybrid Meeting (In-Person & Virtually) Meeting Via Zoom Zoom Meeting …
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CT PR 7:00 pm
CT PR
Oct 13 @ 7:00 pm – 7:00 pm
CT PR
Connecticut Regional Public Relations subcommittee meeting We will be meeting virtually until further notice Join Zoom Meeting https://zoom.us/j/481352938?pwd=SHI1d25LSXJoak1RYnBHbWhsaHNIdz09 Meeting ID: …
MSUA Activities 8:45 pm
MSUA Activities
Oct 13 @ 8:45 pm – 8:45 pm
MSUA Activities @ Bethany Lutheran Church | Cromwell | Connecticut | United States
Mid-State Unity Area Activities subcommittee meeting
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GDASC 6:00 pm
GDASC
Oct 14 @ 6:00 pm – 6:00 pm
GDASC @ CANCELED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. | Newtown | Connecticut | United States
Greater Danbury Area Service Committee meeting
SFCA PR 7:00 pm
SFCA PR
Oct 14 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
SFCA PR @ TCC Center | Norwalk | Connecticut | United States
Southern Fairfield County Area Public Relations subcommittee meeting Meeting Hybrid (Virtually and In Person) MEETING ID: 778 2133 8038 PASSWORD: …
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CTRSC 2:00 pm
CTRSC
Oct 16 @ 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm
CTRSC @ Meeting Virtually Until Further Notice | Middletown | Connecticut | United States
Meeting Via Zoom Until further Notice Zoom Meeting ID: 568 561 425 Passcode: 061985 https://us02web.zoom.us/j/568561425?pwd=eDVkRFo0djNjb3NwamlvM2FrSUVEdz09 +16465588656,,568561425#
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GNHA Activities 4:30 pm
GNHA Activities
Oct 17 @ 4:30 pm – 4:30 pm
GNHA Activities
Greater New Haven Area Activities subcommittee meeting
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MSUA H&I 6:00 pm
MSUA H&I
Oct 18 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
MSUA H&I @ Meeting Virtually | Middletown | Connecticut | United States
Mid-State Unity Area Hospitals & Institutions subcommittee meeting Orientation at 6:30, meeting at 7:00
GWA Family Campout 7:00 pm
GWA Family Campout
Oct 18 @ 7:00 pm – 7:00 pm
GWA Family Campout @ Thomaston | Connecticut | United States
Greater Waterbury Area Together In Recovery Family Campout subcommittee meeting We now meet via Zoom (only) every 3rd Monday of …
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TVA Activities 6:00 pm
TVA Activities
Oct 19 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
TVA Activities @ Meeting Virtually Until Further Notice | Newington | Connecticut | United States
Tunxis Valley Area Activities subcommittee meeting Meeting Virtually Zoom Meeting ID: 869 5407 1711 Password: 06111 Join URL: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86954071711?pwd=TnphcWxxWTBVMU80a2ZxZUhaVjUvdz09 Dial …
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SFCASC 6:30 pm
SFCASC
Oct 20 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
SFCASC @ Meeting Virtually Until Further Notice | Westport | Connecticut | United States
Southern Fairfield County Area Service Committee meeting Meeting Virtually Zoom Meeting ID: 917 828 497 Password: 06880 Join URL: https://zoom.us/j/917828497?pwd=UVE3THJmdlhSZWJEelBrTGozaVN1UT09 …
TVA PR 6:30 pm
TVA PR
Oct 20 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
TVA PR @ Bridge Community Church | Bristol | Connecticut | United States
Tunxis Valley Area Public Relations subcommittee meeting
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GDA PR 5:30 pm
GDA PR
Oct 21 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
GDA PR @ CANCELED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.
Greater Danbury Area Public Relations subcommittee meeting.  
TVA H&I 6:00 pm
TVA H&I
Oct 21 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
TVA H&I @ Bridge Community Church | Bristol | Connecticut | United States
Tunxis Valley Area Hospitals & Institutions subcommittee meeting
CT FD 7:00 pm
CT FD
Oct 21 @ 7:00 pm – 7:00 pm
CT FD @ Meeting Virtually Until Further Notice | Portland | Connecticut | United States
Connecticut Regional Fellowship Development subcommittee meeting (Formerly Strategic Planning Workgroup) Meeting Virtually Zoom Meeting ID: 206 879 685 Password: 020598 …
GWA Literature 7:00 pm
GWA Literature
Oct 21 @ 7:00 pm – 7:00 pm
GWA Literature
Greater Waterbury Area Literature subcommittee meeting
USA H&I 7:00 pm
USA H&I
Oct 21 @ 7:00 pm – 7:00 pm
USA H&I @ Meeting Virtually Until Further Notice | New London | Connecticut | United States
Meeting Via Zoom Until further Notice United Shoreline Area Hospitals & Institutions subcommittee meeting orientation for new members at 6:45. …
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CCA Campout Ad-hoc 10:00 am
CCA Campout Ad-hoc
Oct 24 @ 10:00 am – 10:00 am
CCA Campout Ad-hoc @ Dunkin Donuts | Meriden | Connecticut | United States
Central Connecticut Area “Coming Alive” Campout Ad-Hoc
MSUA PR 5:00 pm
MSUA PR
Oct 24 @ 5:00 pm – 5:00 pm
MSUA PR @ Middletown | Connecticut | United States
Mid-State Unity Area Public Relations subcommittee meeting Orientation after regular meeting.
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GWA Events Committee 7:00 pm
GWA Events Committee
Oct 25 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
GWA Events Committee @ Virtual
Greater Waterbury Area Events subcommittee meeting. Meeting via Zoom: Meeting ID: 4747718914 Passcode: events
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CCA Spiritual Retreat 5:30 pm
CCA Spiritual Retreat
Oct 26 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
CCA Spiritual Retreat @ Meeting Virtually Until Further Notice | Wethersfield | Connecticut | United States
Central Connecticut Enders Island Spiritual Retreat Subcommittee Meeting Virtually Zoom Meeting ID: 817  0878 3055 Password: 558324 https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81708783055?pwd=V0IxeWpENUdOdVN1V1QreEpaem5qZz09   United …
CCA H&I 6:30 pm
CCA H&I
Oct 26 @ 6:30 pm – 6:30 pm
CCA H&I @ Church of the Nazarene | Wallingford | Connecticut | United States
Central Connecticut Area Hospitals & Institutions Subcommitee meeting Orientation at 6:30PM Business meeting 7:00PM
CT IT 6:30 pm
CT IT
Oct 26 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
CT IT @ Zoom
Connecticut IT Services team meeting Monthly on the last Tuesday at 6:30pm Zoom Meeting ID: 820 5347 3324 Passcode: 066112
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USA Activities 6:00 pm
USA Activities
Oct 28 @ 6:00 pm – 6:00 pm
USA Activities @ New London | Connecticut | United States
United Shoreline Area Activities subcommittee meeting
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SFCA H&I 7:00 pm
SFCA H&I
Oct 31 @ 7:00 pm – 7:00 pm
SFCA H&I @ Meeting Virtually Until Further Notice | Westport | Connecticut | United States
Southern Fairfield County Area Hospitals & Institutions subcommittee meeting Meeting Via Zoom Until further Notice Zoom Meeting ID: 892 4623 …