L’Îlot: an islet of hope in the center of Brussels

Cold had just arrived to Brussels and the sun had left some hours ago. We wait until we are all ready and we go inside. L’Îlot is a temporary crisis shelter for women in need. Volunteers go there [...]

Serve with why

Almost 15 years ago, in July 2005, Serve the City Brussels had its first Big Volunteer Week. There were many projects, but the most important one, the one that started the movement, was a [...]

Here I have a second family

Meet Paola, our project leader of “Petites Soeurs des Pauvres.” You can find her every Wednesday at Petites Soeurs des Pauvres helping at the kitchen and interacting with the elderly. [...]

I’m not only a refugee. As a human, I can help others

“I left Syria because I was looking for a better life. I felt danger back home and I just wanted to live peacefully.” Abbad is a 25 years old man who grew up in Damasco, the capital [...]

15th annual Big Volunteer Week

In the first week of July 2019, Serve the City Brussels held its annual Big Volunteer week. This year we were celebrating our 15th anniversary, thus making the week of June 28th through July 5th [...]

Encouraging others to help

“That is what I really enjoy, getting other people motivated in doing volunteer work” Andrea got in contact with Serve the City four years ago, when looking for a social engagement [...]

Meeting yourself in others

“Volunteering is a very grounding experience, which keeps the connection with people. I believe every person you meet reflects an aspect of yourself, and it is nice to meet yourself in [...]

The new table

As a Serve the City team, we spend a lot of time thinking about how our volunteering in Brussels can be transformational, not transactional. Ultimately this is about a heart to pursue [...]

A year in review

Note: this article was originally posted on the Serve the City International website. In 2018, Serve the City Brussels was engaged in a variety of events, projects and team buildings. The goal of [...]

Walk Against Poverty

I arrive at my job, prepare my coffee and suddenly I receive a call from Nathan, who tells me to go into the street to join the walk against poverty during the global day to fight poverty. With [...]