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
Mar 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
Mar 1 @ 1:00 pm – 1:00 pm
TVASC @ South Congregational Church | New Britain | Connecticut | United States
Tunxis Valley Area Service Committee meeting ** Entrance thru courtyard in basement **
GNHA Literature 3:00 pm
GNHA Literature
Mar 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
Mar 1 @ 7:30 pm – 7:30 pm
USASC @ Norwich | Connecticut | United States
United Shoreline Area Service Committee meeting
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CCASC 7:00 pm
CCASC
Mar 2 @ 7:00 pm – 7:00 pm
CCASC @ Immanuel Lutheran Church | Meriden | Connecticut | United States
Central Connecticut Area Service Committee meeting
GNHASC 7:00 pm
GNHASC
Mar 2 @ 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
Mar 2 @ 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
Mar 3 @ 6:00 pm – 6:00 pm
USA Literature
United Shoreline Area Literature subcommittee meeting
GHA H&I 6:30 pm
GHA H&I
Mar 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
Mar 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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CT H&I 7:30 pm
CT H&I
Mar 4 @ 7:30 pm – 7:30 pm
CT H&I @ Grace Episcopal Church | Newington | Connecticut | United States
Connecticut Regional Hospitals & Institutions subcommitee meeting
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USA PR 6:15 pm
USA PR
Mar 5 @ 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
Mar 5 @ 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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CT Convention Committee 1:00 pm
CT Convention Committee
Mar 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
Mar 8 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
CT BOD @ Meets After Convention Com at variying Location | Middletown | Connecticut | United States
Connecticut Regional Convention Corporation Board of Directors meeting Meets after the Connecticut Convention Committee at the same location. Visit https://ctnac.org …
CCA Activities 5:30 pm
CCA Activities
Mar 8 @ 5:30 pm – 5:30 pm
CCA Activities @ Emmanuel Lutheran Church | Meriden | Connecticut | United States
Central Connecticut Area Activities subcommittee meeting
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MSUA Retreat 6:00 pm
MSUA Retreat
Mar 9 @ 6:00 pm – 6:00 pm
MSUA Retreat
Mid-State Unity Area Retreat subcommittee meeting
MSUA Literature 6:15 pm
MSUA Literature
Mar 9 @ 6:15 pm – 6:15 pm
MSUA Literature
Mid-State Unity Area Literature subcommittee meeting
GWASC 7:00 pm
GWASC
Mar 9 @ 7:00 pm – 7:00 pm
GWASC @ First Congregational Church | Thomaston | Connecticut | United States
Greater Waterbury Area Service Committee Meeting
MSUASC 7:00 pm
MSUASC
Mar 9 @ 7:00 pm – 7:00 pm
MSUASC @ Portland | Connecticut | United States
Mid-State Unity Area Service Committee meeting
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CCA Campout 6:30 pm
CCA Campout
Mar 10 @ 6:30 pm – 6:30 pm
CCA Campout @ Emmanuel Lutheran Church | Meriden | Connecticut | United States
Central Connecticut Area “Coming Alive” Campout Subcommittee
SFCA Activities 7:00 pm
SFCA Activities
Mar 10 @ 7:00 pm
SFCA Activities @ Bridgeport | Connecticut | United States
SFCA Activities Subcommittee Meetings are being held on the second Tuesday and fourth Thursday of every month.  
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CT PR 7:00 pm
CT PR
Mar 11 @ 7:00 pm – 7:00 pm
CT PR @ Trinity Episcopal Church | Portland | Connecticut | United States
Connecticut Regional Public Relations subcommittee meeting
MSUA Activities 8:45 pm
MSUA Activities
Mar 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
Mar 12 @ 6:00 pm – 6:00 pm
GDASC @ Newtown | Connecticut | United States
Greater Danbury Area Service Committee meeting   We will be meeting via zoom until further notice. https://us04web.zoom.us/j/691135371 Meeting ID: 691 …
SFCA PR 7:30 pm
SFCA PR
Mar 12 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
SFCA PR @ Triangle Community Center | Norwalk | Connecticut | United States
Southern Fairfield County Area Public Relations subcommittee meeting 2nd Floor – Room A
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CCA PR 6:15 pm
CCA PR
Mar 13 @ 6:15 pm – 6:15 pm
CCA PR @ First Congregational Church | Meriden | Connecticut | United States
Central Connecticut Area Public Relations subcommittee meeting 6:15pm orientation, 6:30 business meeting Download Flyer Here
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GHA Activities 2:00 pm
GHA Activities
Mar 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
Mar 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
Mar 14 @ 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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GNHA Activities 4:30 pm
GNHA Activities
Mar 15 @ 4:30 pm – 4:30 pm
GNHA Activities
Greater New Haven Area Activities subcommittee meeting
MSUA H&I 6:30 pm
MSUA H&I
Mar 15 @ 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
Mar 16 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
TVA H&I @ Plainville Public Library | Plainville | Connecticut | United States
Tunxis Valley Area Hospitals & Institutions subcommittee meeting
CT WSR ZOOM MEETING 7:00 pm
CT WSR ZOOM MEETING
Mar 16 @ 7:00 pm – 7:00 pm
CT WSR ZOOM MEETING @ 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
Mar 16 @ 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 7:00 pm
TVA Activities
Mar 17 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
TVA Activities @ Grace Episcopal Church | Newington | Connecticut | United States
Tunxis Valley Area Activities subcommittee meeting
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MARCH SFCASC CANCELLED 6:30 pm
MARCH SFCASC CANCELLED
Mar 18 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
MARCH SFCASC CANCELLED @ Saugatuck Congregational Church | Westport | Connecticut | United States
CANCELED MARCH 2020 Southern Fairfield County Area Service Committee meeting
TVA Public Relations 6:30 pm
TVA Public Relations
Mar 18 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
TVA Public Relations @ Bridge Community Church | Bristol | Connecticut | United States
Tunxis Valley Area Public Relations subcommittee meeting
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Fellowship Development (Formerly Strategic Planning Workgroup) 7:00 pm
Fellowship Development (Formerly Strategic Planning Workgroup)
Mar 19 @ 7:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Fellowship Development (Formerly Strategic Planning Workgroup) @ Portland Senior Center | Portland | Connecticut | United States
WE PLAN….. so that we can better carry the message of hope. find new and better ways to meet the …
GWA Literature 7:00 pm
GWA Literature
Mar 19 @ 7:00 pm – 7:00 pm
GWA Literature
Greater Waterbury Area Literature subcommittee meeting
USA H&I 7:00 pm
USA H&I
Mar 19 @ 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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CTRSC 2:00 pm
CTRSC
Mar 21 @ 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm
CTRSC @ LOCATION TO BE DETERMINED | Middletown | Connecticut | United States
TEMPORARY LOCATION TO BE DETERMINED We can not meet at Middlesex Hospital for March & April 2020
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MSUA PR 5:00 pm
MSUA PR
Mar 22 @ 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
Mar 23 @ 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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GWA Policy 6:00 pm
GWA Policy
Mar 26 @ 6:00 pm – 6:00 pm
GWA Policy @ Waterbury | Connecticut | United States
Greater Waterbury Area Policy subcommittee meeting
USA Activities 6:00 pm
USA Activities
Mar 26 @ 6:00 pm – 6:00 pm
USA Activities @ New London | Connecticut | United States
United Shoreline Area Activities subcommittee meeting
SFCA Activities 7:00 pm
SFCA Activities
Mar 26 @ 7:00 pm
SFCA Activities @ Bridgeport | Connecticut | United States
SFCA Activities Subcommittee Meetings are being held on the second Tuesday and fourth Thursday of every month.  
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GNHA H&I 4:30 pm
GNHA H&I
Mar 29 @ 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
Mar 29 @ 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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CCA Retreat 6:00 pm
CCA Retreat
Mar 31 @ 6:00 pm – 6:00 pm
CCA Retreat @ United Methodist Church | Wethersfield | Connecticut | United States
Central Connecticut Enders Island Spiritual Retreat Subcommittee
CCA H&I 6:30 pm
CCA H&I
Mar 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