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
Aug 2 @ 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
Aug 2 @ 1:00 pm – 1:00 pm
TVASC @ Meeting Virtually Until Further Notice | New Britain | Connecticut | United States
Tunxis Valley Area Service Committee meeting Meeting Virtually Zoom Meeting ID: 124 408 128 Password: 06051 Join URL: https://zoom.us/j/124408128 Dial …
GNHA Literature 3:00 pm
GNHA Literature
Aug 2 @ 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
Aug 2 @ 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
Aug 3 @ 7:00 pm – 7:00 pm
CCASC @ Meeting Virtually Until Further Notice | Meriden | Connecticut | United States
Central Connecticut Area Service Committee meeting Meeting Virtually Zoom Meeting ID: 293 101 7405 Password: 577100 Join URL: https://us04web.zoom.us/j/2931017405 Dial …
GNHASC 7:00 pm
GNHASC
Aug 3 @ 7:00 pm – 7:00 pm
GNHASC @ Hamden | Connecticut | United States
Greater New Haven Area Service Committee meeting
GWA PR 7:00 pm
GWA PR
Aug 3 @ 7:00 pm – 7:00 pm
GWA PR @ All Saints Episcopal Church | Watertown | Connecticut | United States
Greater Waterbury Area Public Relations subcommittee meeting
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USA Literature 6:00 pm
USA Literature
Aug 4 @ 6:00 pm – 6:00 pm
USA Literature
United Shoreline Area Literature subcommittee meeting
GHA H&I 6:30 pm
GHA H&I
Aug 4 @ 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
Aug 4 @ 7:45 pm – 7:45 pm
GDA H&I @ Danbury | Connecticut | United States
GDA Hospitals & Institutions (H&I) subcommittee meeting
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CT H&I 7:30 pm
CT H&I
Aug 5 @ 7:30 pm – 7:30 pm
CT H&I @ Meeting Virtually Until Further Notice | Newington | Connecticut | United States
Connecticut Regional Hospitals & Institutions subcommitee meeting Meeting Via Zoom Until further Notice Zoom Meeting ID: 891 6481 9996 Password: …
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USA PR 6:15 pm
USA PR
Aug 6 @ 6:15 pm – 6:15 pm
USA PR @ Montville | Connecticut | United States
United Shoreline Area Public Information & Phoneline subcommittee meeting 6:15pm orientation, 6:30 business meeting
GWA H&I 7:30 pm
GWA H&I
Aug 6 @ 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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GHA Activities 2:00 pm
GHA Activities
Aug 8 @ 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
Aug 8 @ 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
Aug 8 @ 3:00 pm – 3:00 pm
GHASC @ St. Patricks/St. Anthony's Church | Hartford | Connecticut | United States
Greater Hartford Area Service Committee
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CT Convention Committee 1:00 pm
CT Convention Committee
Aug 9 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
CT Convention Committee @ Location Varies | New Britain | Connecticut | United States
Connecticut Regional Convention Committee meeting
CCA Activities 5:30 pm
CCA Activities
Aug 9 @ 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
Aug 10 @ 6:00 pm – 6:00 pm
MSUA Retreat
Mid-State Unity Area Retreat subcommittee meeting
MSUA Literature 6:15 pm
MSUA Literature
Aug 10 @ 6:15 pm – 6:15 pm
MSUA Literature
Mid-State Unity Area Literature subcommittee meeting
MSUASC 7:00 pm
MSUASC
Aug 10 @ 7:00 pm – 7:00 pm
MSUASC @ Portland | Connecticut | United States
Mid-State Unity Area Service Committee meeting We will be meeting virtually until further notice Join Zoom Meeting https://zoom.us/j/550738514?pwd=cm43OXVJd2JKU0pDN2RKNmU1SkZwZz09  Meeting ID: …
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CCA Campout 6:30 pm
CCA Campout
Aug 11 @ 6:30 pm – 6:30 pm
CCA Campout @ Emmanuel Lutheran Church | Meriden | Connecticut | United States
Central Connecticut Area “Coming Alive” Campout Subcommittee
GWASC 7:00 pm
GWASC
Aug 11 @ 7:00 pm – 7:15 pm
GWASC @ Meeting Virtually Until Further Notice | Thomaston | Connecticut | United States
Greater Waterbury Area Service Committee Meeting Meeting Virtually Zoom Meeting ID: 863 1425 1807 Password: 06787 Join URL: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86314251807?pwd=RllHRDhlbzIxdGV1b0FPVEdJd04yUT09 Dial …
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CT PR 7:00 pm
CT PR
Aug 12 @ 7:00 pm – 7:00 pm
CT PR @ Zoom | Portland | Connecticut | United States
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
Aug 12 @ 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
Aug 13 @ 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
Aug 13 @ 7:00 pm – 7:00 pm
SFCA PR @ Meeting Virtually Until Further Notice | Norwalk | Connecticut | United States
Southern Fairfield County Area Public Relations subcommittee meeting Meeting Virtually Zoom Meeting ID: 851 079 0335 https://zoom.us/j/8510790335 +16465588656,,8510790335#   Triangle …
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CCA PR 6:15 pm
CCA PR
Aug 14 @ 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: 903 572 7512 Password: 4AJzWL https://us04web.zoom.us/j/9035727512?pwd=U1hNQ1huU0E2S3hYYk0rZ0xvK1puZz09 +16465588656,,9035727512# Central Connecticut Area Public …
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CTRSC 2:00 pm
CTRSC
Aug 15 @ 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 https://zoom.us/j/568561425 +16465588656,,568561425#
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GNHA Activities 4:30 pm
GNHA Activities
Aug 16 @ 4:30 pm – 4:30 pm
GNHA Activities
Greater New Haven Area Activities subcommittee meeting
MSUA H&I 6:30 pm
MSUA H&I
Aug 16 @ 6:30 pm – 6:30 pm
MSUA H&I @ Middletown | Connecticut | United States
Mid-State Unity Area Hospitals & Institutions subcommittee meeting Orientation at 6:30, meeting at 7:00
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TVA H&I 6:00 pm
TVA H&I
Aug 17 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
TVA H&I @ Meeting Virtually Until Further Notice | Plainville | Connecticut | United States
Tunxis Valley Area Hospitals & Institutions subcommittee meeting Meeting Via Zoom Until further Notice Zoom Meeting ID: 378 930 2947 …
CT WSR 7:00 pm
CT WSR
Aug 17 @ 7:00 pm – 7:00 pm
CT WSR @ Portland United Methodist Church | Middletown | Connecticut | United States
Connecticut Regional Writing Steps for Recovery Subcommittee Topic: WSR Time: Mar 16, 2020 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada) …
GWA Family Campout 7:00 pm
GWA Family Campout
Aug 17 @ 7:00 pm – 7:00 pm
GWA Family Campout @ The Covenant Church | Thomaston | Connecticut | United States
Greater Waterbury Area Together In Recovery Family Campout subcommittee meeting
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TVA Activities 6:00 pm
TVA Activities
Aug 18 @ 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: 743 4970 2654 Password: 4FrQVV Join URL: https://us04web.zoom.us/j/74349702654?pwd=SUl2ZDBSWTJFZXZIY3hNcHNqR0ZlUT09 Dial …
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SFCASC 6:30 pm
SFCASC
Aug 19 @ 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
Aug 19 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
TVA PR @ Meeting Virtually Until Further Notice | Bristol | Connecticut | United States
Tunxis Valley Area Public Relations subcommittee meeting Meeting Virtually Zoom Meeting ID: 833 1070 3097 https://zoom.us/j/83310703097 +16465588656,,83310703097# Bridge Community Church 43 …
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GDA PR 5:30 pm
GDA PR
Aug 20 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
GDA PR @ CANCELED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.
Greater Danbury Area Public Relations subcommittee meeting.  
CT FD 7:00 pm
CT FD
Aug 20 @ 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
Aug 20 @ 7:00 pm – 7:00 pm
GWA Literature
Greater Waterbury Area Literature subcommittee meeting
USA H&I 7:00 pm
USA H&I
Aug 20 @ 7:00 pm – 7:00 pm
USA H&I @ New London | Connecticut | United States
United Shoreline Area Hospitals & Institutions subcommittee meeting orientation for new members at 6:45.
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MSUA PR 5:00 pm
MSUA PR
Aug 23 @ 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
Aug 24 @ 7:00 pm – 7:00 pm
GWA Events Committee @ Thomaston Savings Bank | Waterbury | Connecticut | United States
Greater Waterbury Area Events subcommittee meeting.
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CCA Spiritual Retreat 5:30 pm
CCA Spiritual Retreat
Aug 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: 821 6995 3988 Password: 638737 https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82169953988?pwd=RG9ESVZiY2hHQ0kwcW4wSXpSTXBNQT09   United …
CCA H&I 6:30 pm
CCA H&I
Aug 25 @ 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
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USA Activities 6:00 pm
USA Activities
Aug 27 @ 6:00 pm – 6:00 pm
USA Activities @ New London | Connecticut | United States
United Shoreline Area Activities subcommittee meeting
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GNHA H&I 4:30 pm
GNHA H&I
Aug 30 @ 4:30 pm – 4:30 pm
GNHA H&I @ New Haven | Connecticut | United States
Greater New Haven Area Hospitals & Institutions subcommittee meeting 4:30pm Orientation, 5:00pm Regular meeting
SFCA H&I 7:00 pm
SFCA H&I
Aug 30 @ 7:00 pm – 7:00 pm
SFCA H&I @ Westport | Connecticut | United States
Southern Fairfield County Area Hospitals & Institutions subcommittee meeting Click HERE for Flyer
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