About Serve the City

There’s a line in every city that separates the rich from the poor, the strong from the weak, the haves from the have-nots. It’s a street, the train tracks, a river, a sidewalk.

On one side there is safety, on the other there is danger. On one side there is security, on the other, fear.
On one side kids go to college, work pays well, needs are hidden behind drawn curtains and consumable goods.
On the other life is pretty raw.

It’s time to cross the line.

Serve the City is a global movement of volunteers 
showing kindness in practical ways to people in need. We partner with local non-profit associations that are serving people in need and create meaningful opportunities for volunteers to get involved. Serve the City creates events that mobilize many volunteers to serve in simple ways – sports, music,
 arts and crafts, meals, friendship and more.
 We are the connection between the good intentions and talents 
of people who could volunteer and a meaningful opportunity to get involved.

And that’s where it starts. We cross the line from where we are and serve. But that’s just the beginning. The dream of Serve the City is everyone serving. As soon as possible we invite those we have met while serving to join us, because what we really want is to cross the line together.

Serve the City is for everyone. It’s a revolution, a serving revolution. And it’s going to change the world.

The homeless, asylum seekers, the elderly, the disabled, children in need, victims of abuse. We know them by their needs. What if we knew them by name?

History

Serve the City began in Brussels as a single week of serving in 2005, initiated by a Christian faith community called The Well. An annual event turned into monthly volunteering events and weekly neighbourhoood-based serving opportunities throughout the city. Friends from other cities visited Brussels or heard about Serve the City and took the idea to their cities. Now Serve the City is active or starting in 100 cities around the world.

Who we serve

  • People who are homeless
  • People who are asylum seekers or refugees
  • People who are elderly
  • People living with disabilities
  • Children in need
  • Victims of abuse
  • Anyone who thinks one person cannot make a difference will see that one person makes all the difference when you are with Serve the City. It is changing the world one person at a time! Don't miss the opportunity to experience it.

    Kristen Amsterdam
  • After our project, there was only one question left...Why aren't we doing this more often?

    Jacoline Tilburg
  • It's amazing how healing human touch can be, sitting eye to eye, communicating in halting French and broken English.

    Diana Brussels
  • The more I engaged on an individual level, the more I grew to love hearing their stories and jokes, and the more I realized that people are no less human and in need of interaction simply because of their age.

    Ryan Brussels
  • My view of the people in Amsterdam changes as I do volunteer work and connect with other people.

    Brigitte Amsterdam
  • To have the opportunity to serve the city I live in and its people is simply wonderful!

    Lorraine Dublin
  • It was challenging but it was amazing to serve people and learn from them. It is an experience that shapes you and one that you will never forget. You carry these people in your hearts.

    Edwina Brussels
  • Serve The City facilitated that basic human need of mine: to help others. Scratching that itch feels good.

    Omar Dublin