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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Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
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GNHA PR 12:00 pm
GNHA PR
May 1 @ 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
May 1 @ 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
May 1 @ 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
May 1 @ 7:30 pm – 7:30 pm
USASC @ First Church of Christ | Old Saybrook | Connecticut | United States
United Shoreline Area Service Committee meeting Meeting Hybrid (In-Person and Virtually) Zoom Meeting ID: 673 242 565 Password: 06032 Join …
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CCASC 7:00 pm
CCASC
May 2 @ 7:00 pm – 7:00 pm
CCASC @ Immanuel Lutheran Church | Meriden | Connecticut | United States
Central Connecticut Area Service Committee meeting. Immanuel Lutheran Church 164 Hanover St Meriden, CT 06451    
GNHASC 7:00 pm
GNHASC
May 2 @ 7:00 pm – 7:00 pm
GNHASC @ Montowese Baptist Church | North Haven | Connecticut | United States
Greater New Haven Area Service Committee meeting
GWASC 7:00 pm
GWASC
May 2 @ 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
May 3 @ 6:00 pm – 6:00 pm
USA Literature @ Old Mystic Fire Hall | Groton | Connecticut | United States
United Shoreline Area Literature subcommittee meeting
GHA H&I 6:30 pm
GHA H&I
May 3 @ 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
May 3 @ 7:45 pm – 7:45 pm
GDA H&I @ Danbury | Connecticut | United States
GDA Hospitals & Institutions (H&I) subcommittee meeting
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GWA H&I 7:30 pm
GWA H&I
May 5 @ 7:30 pm – 7:30 pm
GWA H&I @ Covenant Church | Thomaston | Connecticut | United States
Greater Waterbury Area Hospitals & Institutions subcommittee meeting meeting is upstairs
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CT Convention Committee 1:00 pm
CT Convention Committee
May 8 @ 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
May 8 @ 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
May 8 @ 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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CT WSR 7:00 pm
CT WSR
May 9 @ 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
May 9 @ 7:00 pm – 7:00 pm
MSUASC @ First Congregational Church | Portland | Connecticut | United States
Mid-State Unity Area Service Committee meeting
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CT IT 6:30 pm
CT IT
May 10 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
CT IT @ Zoom
Connecticut IT Services team meeting Monthly on the last Tuesday at 6:30pm   https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82053473324?pwd=VWdpaVZMRW5yQmc0UERkTi9vMk1Bdz09 Zoom Meeting ID: 820 5347 3324 …
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CT PR 7:00 pm
CT PR
May 11 @ 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
May 11 @ 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
May 12 @ 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
May 12 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
SFCA PR @ Triangle Community 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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GHA Activities 2:00 pm
GHA Activities
May 14 @ 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
May 14 @ 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
May 14 @ 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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GNHA Activities 4:30 pm
GNHA Activities
May 15 @ 4:30 pm – 4:30 pm
GNHA Activities
Greater New Haven Area Activities subcommittee meeting
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TVA Activities 6:30 pm
TVA Activities
May 16 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
TVA Activities @ First Church of Christ | New Britain | Connecticut | United States
Tunxis Valley Area Activities subcommittee meeting
GWA Family Campout 7:00 pm
GWA Family Campout
May 16 @ 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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SFCASC 6:30 pm
SFCASC
May 18 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
SFCASC @ Saugatuck Congregational Church | Westport | Connecticut | United States
Southern Fairfield County Area Service Committee meeting Meeting Hybrid (In-Person and Virtually) Zoom Meeting ID: 917 828 497 Password: 06880 …
TVA PR 6:30 pm
TVA PR
May 18 @ 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
May 19 @ 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
May 19 @ 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
May 19 @ 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
May 19 @ 7:00 pm – 7:00 pm
GWA Literature
Greater Waterbury Area Literature subcommittee meeting
USA H&I 7:00 pm
USA H&I
May 19 @ 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. …
MSUA Activities 8:45 pm
MSUA Activities
May 19 @ 8:45 pm – 8:45 pm
MSUA Activities @ Trinity Episcopal Church | Portland | Connecticut | United States
Mid-State Unity Area Activities subcommittee meeting
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CCA PR 5:30 pm
CCA PR
May 20 @ 5:30 pm – 5:30 pm
CCA PR @ First Congregational Church | Meriden | Connecticut | United States
CCA PR Comittee meets in person 3rd Friday of every month at 5:30pm. First Congregational Church 62 Colony St, Meriden, …
MSUA H&I 9:00 pm
MSUA H&I
May 20 @ 9:00 pm – 10:00 pm
MSUA H&I @ Trinity Church | Portland | Connecticut | United States
Mid-State Unity Area Hospitals & Institutions subcommittee meeting
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CTRSC 2:00 pm
CTRSC
May 21 @ 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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MSUA PR 5:00 pm
MSUA PR
May 22 @ 5:00 pm – 5:00 pm
MSUA PR @ Church of the Holy Trinity | Middletown | Connecticut | United States
Mid-State Unity Area Public Relations subcommittee meeting Orientation after regular meeting.
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GNHA H&I 7:00 pm
GNHA H&I
May 23 @ 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
GWA Events Committee 7:00 pm
GWA Events Committee
May 23 @ 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
May 25 @ 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: 865 7715 5196 Password: 06451 https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86577155196?pwd=TGNESDBxRlBLaGJoNnVWMnBHWGdlUT09
USA PR 6:00 pm
USA PR
May 25 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
USA PR @ St. John's Episcopal Church | Montville | Connecticut | United States
United Shoreline Area Public Relations subcommittee meeting
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USA Activities 6:00 pm
USA Activities
May 26 @ 6:00 pm – 6:00 pm
USA Activities @ St. James Episcopal Church | New London | Connecticut | United States
United Shoreline Area Activities subcommittee meeting
CT H&I 7:00 pm
CT H&I
May 26 @ 7:00 pm – 7:00 pm
CT H&I @ The Renaissance Club | Wallingford | Connecticut | United States
Connecticut Regional Hospitals & Institutions subcommittee meeting In-Person The Renaissance Club 68 Quinnipiac Rd. Wallingford, CT. 06492 Masks are to …
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SFCA H&I 7:00 pm
SFCA H&I
May 29 @ 7:00 pm – 7:00 pm
SFCA H&I @ Saugatuck Congregational Church | Westport | Connecticut | United States
Southern Fairfield County Area Hospitals & Institutions subcommittee meeting Meeting In-person Last Sunday of every month at 7:00PM Saugatuck Congregational …
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CCA H&I 6:30 pm
CCA H&I
May 31 @ 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